TARSEEKH is a consistent performer on the all-weather and his two second-placed finishes at this track in recent weeks suggest that he can win a race of this nature. Prince Rock is another who has put in some encouraging performers of late and he could prove to be the main threat to the selection. Others to note are Good Business and Le Manege Enchante.
Return To Senders brings solid form to the table and he should go very well this evening, although he could be vulnerable to an improver or newcomer. With that in mind, preference is for VASARI, who is a half-brother to a pair of Listed-placed performers and his dam was able to score at that level. Hector Loza and Centurion Song are the pick of the remainder.
EMBOUR has improved this year and the four-year-old arrives on the back of a respectable effort in a valuable handicap at Ascot 10 days ago. Richard Hannon's gelding can race off the same mark today and he appears to be the one to beat. Alkaraama remains open to further improvement and he has to be respected having made a winning handicap debut over course and distance earlier in the month. Watchable is another with strong form claims, while Katheefa also makes the shortlist.
Plenty of these have claims but the marginal preference is for CANTINIERE, after his encouraging effort to finish third here two weeks ago on his return from a break. Lawmaking's last couple of efforts have been promising and he may improve for the application of first-time cheekpieces, while similar comments also apply to Monaadhil. Others to consider are Al Reeh, Jabalaly and Philamundo.
Lady Lawyer won on debut before finding one too good on her seasonal reappearance at Doncaster 18 days ago, although time may show that she faced a tough task there under a penalty. Rapture was making her debut in that same event and showed promise, but another once-raced type is preferred in the shape of FIERY MISSION. A half-brother to four winners and out of a French Group 2 winner, he can take a big step forward here.
MAXIMUM EFFECT cost 120,000gns and is a half-sister to Kachy, who set the track record at Lingfield on Polytrack over 5f at Easter. This three-year-old looked green on debut at Lingfield when last seen in December, but should have learnt plenty from that and has Frankie Dettori on board this time. Ghaziyah got off the mark at Thirsk earlier this month and could take another step forward, while newcomer Harbour City could be worth following over the coming months.
CHATHAM HOUSE is a nine-race maiden and probably not the easiest of rides, but he caught the eye when fourth at Chester 10 days ago and could strike now under Ryan Moore for just the second time. The three-year-old has his third start since being gelded, and has been located a suitable opening. Shawaaheq got off the mark at Beverley last month but will need to improve now tackling handicap company, while Characteristic shouldn't be too far away.
MURHIB has some reasonable form on Polytrack and wasn't disgraced when third at Salisbury last month on what was just his second start on turf. A past course winner, he won't mind this step up in trip and has a handy low draw under all-weather supremo Luke Morris. Thresholdofadream has been successful in two of her last four starts and warrants a second glance off 4lb higher, while Steel Helmet is also worth considering.
The consistent TARSEEKH has hit the crossbar in 7f handicaps here the last twice and, with this drop back in trip a potentially good move, he is taken to resume winning ways. Catapult hasn't put his best foot forward the last twice, but will be a threat if he does so here. Prince Rock's recent efforts have been solid and he makes each-way appeal, while Spenny's Lass is also in with a shout.
HECTOR LOZA shaped like a ready-made future winner when third on debut at Kempton last month and he gets the nod ahead of another likely improver in Centurion Song, who has shown a decent level of ability in a couple of runs on turf. Return To Senders also enters calculations on the back of his improved display at Ascot and well-bred newcomer Vasari needs close attention in the betting.
INTUITIVE did well to finish as close as he did when third to Alkaraama over C&D earlier this month, given that he was caught much further back than Sir Michael Stoute's charge and the eventual runner-up. Granted a trouble-free passage, he will prove hard to beat under Silvestre De Sousa. Alkaraama remains unexposed and should again be in the thick of things, while Embour makes each-way appeal.
Things didn't go MONAADHIL's way at Newmarket and he's well worth another chance with cheekpieces enlisted in an open-looking contest. Jim Crowley prefers the 5-y-o to Jabalaly, who is also worth sticking with despite a rather underwhelming handicap-debut display at Doncaster. Still, bigger threats may be posed by Attainment and Philamundo, both of whom figure on feasible marks.
FIERY MISSION was easy to back ahead of his debut at Windsor, and looked green in the race itself, but it was a promising introduction nonetheless. The Noble Mission colt will know what is required this time and is marginally preferred to Lady Lawyer, who failed to justify favouritism on her recent reappearance but remains capable of better. Sea Wings is most interesting of the remainder.
GHAZIYAH built on her sole 2-y-o effort in no uncertain terms when scoring in good style on return at Thirsk 3 weeks ago. Open to further improvement for her leading yard, she's fancied to follow up. Maximum Effect is also interesting having showed promise on her only outing last year, whilst Rudy Lewis remains the type to do better.
INDIAN SOUNDS has finished nearer last than first on each of his 4 starts this year, which raises the possibility that he hasn't trained on. However, the handicapper has shown mercy (now 14 lb lower compared to the start of the season) and it's worth noting that he was successful on his sole previous start on polytrack. He is given one more chance, in preference to Shawaaheq and Chatham House.
CROESO CYMRAEG is one of a number in good form and shades the vote to come out on top. He ran well when staying on for fifth from a poor position over C&D 18 days ago and is expected to go close again. Thresholdofadream, Barca and Sacred Sprite head up the dangers.