Silverrica warrants plenty of respect as she bids to win this race for the third year running but it's difficult to get away from hat-trick seeking OUR LORD. Michael Attwater's charge built on his impressive Salisbury success when scoring in determined fashion over this C&D and a further 4lb rise might not be enough to anchor him. Field of Vision is another in-form player with claims.
Go Roo is out of 5f winner Cross My Heart and merits a market check ahead of his racecourse debut, but this might be between experienced runners Expecting and YAFTA. The former has improved with each start thus far and should go close, but Richard Hannon's colt arguably brings the slightly stronger form to the table and gets the vote to open his account at the fourth attempt.
Sakhalin Star bravely won a selling handicap at Beverley last week and should go well under a 6lb penalty, but preference is for last year's winner EUGENIC. He finds himself on the same mark as when successful 12 months ago and recent placed efforts both here and at Brighton read well. With Silvestre De Sousa keeping the ride, he looks sure to play a leading role. Eben Dubai and handicap debutant Koubba are others to note.
SPIRIT OF THE VALE edges the vote in a tricky handicap. Oliver Greenall's filly ran right up to her best when runner-up on the all-weather at Newcastle last time, and with Kevin Stott back in the plate (onboard for both career wins thus far), she looks sure to be in the firing line again. Edge demands respect following his half-length defeat at Salisbury while Chilli Jam may improve for his comeback fourth.
TARTE TROPEZIENNE got off the mark in fine fashion at Ripon last time out when heavily supported in the betting, and the suspicion is that an opening mark of 79 is on the generous side for William Haggas' charge. The Newmarket-based handler is 12-36 at this venue in recent years and could account for Satisfy, who has scope for improvement and did it well at Leicester recently, and Green Or Black, who represents a trainer in fine recent form.
Peachey Carnehan is likely to be popular in the betting given that he is due to go up 6lb in the future for a couple of recent routine victories at Doncaster and Leicester this month, while Delagate This Lord is entitled to go well after knuckling down well to get off the mark at Newbury in June. SECRET AGENT drops in class for William Muir and first-time blinkers back on better ground can see the three-year-old return to winning ways.
HOPE IS HIGH continues to thrive under Silvestre De Sousa and impressed when routing the field at Yarmouth six days ago. The four-year-old looks ideally suited by race conditions and could have too much staying power for this opposition once more under the champion-elect. Powered often runs well in defeat but isn't the easiest to win with, while Penny Poet should have learnt plenty from her handicap debut last time out and should appreciate this return to turf.
NUTINI showed a reasonable level of form in Ireland when trained by Madeleine Tylicki and looks to be a nice acquisition for the Malcolm Saunders team. A lightly-raced four-year-old, the son of Lope De Vega is versatile and could make a winning start to life in the UK. Rinaria ran well despite being keen last time and should enjoy this slight drop in distance, while a first-time hood could spark a revival from Hot Mustard.
OUR LORD has quickly taken his form to a new level for Michael Attwater in recent weeks and there's no reason why he cannot complete the hat-trick following a further 4 lb rise. Field of Vision also won last time and remains with scope on old form, while the hardy Seamster deserves plaudits for his consistency.
YAFTA has performed to a fairly useful level when runner-up on his last 2 starts and is narrowly preferred to the Charlie Hills-trained Expecting, who has got a bit better with each start. Market support for the Clive Cox newcomer Go Roo would also see him enter the reckoning.
EUGENIC is on the same mark as when successful over C&D at a similar time last year and holds obvious claims under Silvestre De Sousa. The fact Sakhalin Star has a couple of wins to his name this summer makes him of plenty of interest in a race like this, while Eben Dubai has good efforts to his name here of late and should figure again.
EDGE took a step back in the right direction when third at Salisbury recently and has the potential to build on that based on last year's form. Spirit of The Vale made a sound return from a break on AW recently and won't be far away if she can translate that to the grass, while Just Fred is still a maiden but wasn't beaten far over C&D last time.
TARTE TROPEZIENNE's maiden form has been boosted a couple of times of late and she's selected to make light of an opening mark in the high 70s. Satisfy did it nicely on her debut for new trainer Karl Burke at Leicester recently and could be the one to give her most to do ahead of Brighton scorer Impressive Day.
DELAGATE THIS LORD immediately upped his game on debut for his new yard when successful in a big-field handicap at Newbury in June, and on that evidence, a 3 lb rise is lenient. Secret Potion is going through a good spell and commands respect, as is Peachey Carnehan, but he has shot up the weights.
HOPE IS HIGH did it easily at Yarmouth last week and a 6 lb penalty is unlikely to stop her if turning up in similar form. Captain George posted a sound effort when third here last time and should be on the premises again, while Penny Poet is much less exposed than the majority of these and has the potential to build on her AW handicap debut in March now switching to turf after a break.
This looks open, but RINARIA did too much too soon in a better race than this at York a month ago so is well worth another chance. Nutini is interesting if backed starting out for Malcolm Saunders, with Masterofdiscovery, who has developed an all-or-nothing profile, dangerous if on his game.