CHEVETON and Fathom Five are closely matched on their running at Newcastle whilst Brenin Taran could also give a good account of himself. Matsunosuke ran a blinder at Sandown last week but he has a far better record at that track than this one and is far from guaranteed to reproduce that level of form. Sonny Red and Group Therapy have possibilities whilst confidence behind the chances of Hadaf would bring him into the equation. Rain would boost Equuleus Pictor's chances but Lochstar is in danger of becoming disappointing and is easy to pass over. Biniou won well at Thirsk and may still be on a workable mark but was held at Newmarket and preference is for Cheveton. He has track form, is competitively handicapped and is better than the bare form at Newcastle suggests as he was drawn on the wrong side. He was only half a length in front of Fathom Five there and Chris Wall's charge also has plenty to recommend him here but we'll take Cheveton to come out on top again.
Matsunosuke 66-1 (9-3) Dwelt, outpaced in rear, hampered over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, nearest finish, 4th of 11, 1 1/2l behind Ialysos (9-3) at Sandown 5f Grp 3 (1) gd.
Judge 'n Jury 14-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, ridden in 3rd 1 1/2f out, no extra in 4th 1f out, kept on one pace, 6th of 8, 6l behind Benbaun (9-5) at Curragh 5f Grp 3 gf in Jun.
Sonny Red (IRE) 8-1 (9-4) Chased leaders, ridden well over 1f out, no extra entering final furlong, 7th of 15, 4l behind Internationaldebut (8-10) at York 5f hcp 0-100 (2) gd in May.
Fathom Five (IRE) 8-1 (9-5) Close up far side, weakened over 1f out, 11th of 16, 14l behind Pavershooz (8-7) at Newcastle 5f hcp 105 (2) gf in Jun.
Cheveton 7-1 (9-5) Chased leaders far side, weakened over 1f out, 10th of 16, 14l behind Pavershooz (8-7) at Newcastle 5f hcp 105 (2) gf in Jun.
Group Therapy 66-1 (9-3) Mid-division, not much room over 3f out, ridden 2f out soon beaten, last of 11, 6l behind Ialysos (9-3) at Sandown 5f Grp 3 (1) gd.
Biniou (IRE) 14-1 (8-8) Held up in touch, ridden over 1f out, hard driven to lead near line, won at Thirsk 5f hcp 0-100 (2) gd in May beating Captain Dunne (8-13) by nk, 8 ran.
Equuleus Pictor 9-1 (9-1) Slight lead, pushed along and headed well over 1f out, edged left over 1f out, slightly hampered just inside final furlong and weakened, 5th of 12, 4 1/2l behind Canadian Danehill (9-2) at Sandown 5f hcp 0-95 (3) gd.
Hadaf (IRE) 16-1 (8-6) Steadied rear, effort 2f out, soon ridden, never troubled leaders, 9th of 18, 9l behind Laddies Poker Two (8-9) at Ascot 6f 3yo hcp (2) gd in Sep.
Tony The Tap 33-1 (9-5) Slowly away, behind, pushed along halfway, made some headway final furlong, 6th of 12, 5l behind Canadian Danehill (9-2) at Sandown 5f hcp 0-95 (3) gd.
Lochstar 9-2fav (9-9) Disputed lead to well over 1f out, stayed well there under pressure until weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 10, 5l behind Blue Jack (9-9) at Windsor 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Stoneacre Lad (IRE) 12-1 (9-13) With winner, ridden and lost place over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 9th of 10, 8l behind Peak District (9-4) at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-90 (3) pol in Jun.
Brenin Taran 14-1 (9-0) Hampered soon after start, pulled hard, chased winner, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 9, 2 3/4l behind La Zamora (8-6) at Newmarket 5f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gf in Jun.