Life And Soul has been in decent form lately and was third in this race last year, four places ahead of Rock A Doodle Doo who re-opposes on 2lb better terms. Viking Storm, John Louis and Star Commander all arrive here in terrific form while Ittirad was just touched off by a progressive rival at Ffos Las nine days ago, though has proved expensive to follow this year. JOHN BISCUIT got going too late over 1m2f here last time having won at Epsom earlier. He now looks ready for a step up in trip and can score here under Hayley Turner with Nanton looking increasingly like a light of former days and Classic Colori well below par lately.
Rock A Doodle Doo (IRE) 8-1 (9-7) Towards rear, short lived effort 2f out, 7th of 10, 15l behind Fattsota (9-1) at Ascot 1m 4f hcp 105 (2) gd in Jul.
Life And Soul (IRE) 8-1 (9-2) Took keen hold, tracked leaders, led 8f out, ridden and headed approaching final 2f, soon not much room on rails, weakened approaching final furlong, 5th of 14, 13l behind Motivado (9-2) at Goodwood 1m 6f hcp 105 (2) gd.
Too Much Trouble (8-11) 3rd of 13, 1 3/4l behind Al Shemali (8-11) at Abu Dhabi(UAE) 1m 3f Grp 3 gf in Mar.
Nanton (USA) 50-1 (8-12) Slowly into stride, held up in rear, ridden over 2f out, headway entering final furlong, never on terms, 10th of 18, 9l behind Landaman (8-2) at Goodwood 1m 2f hcp (2) gd in Jul.
Ittirad (USA) 15-8 (9-11) Led, ridden 2f out, pressed from over 1f out, ran on, headed post, 2nd of 5, shd behind Biographer (9-1) at Ffos Las 1m 4f hcp 0-90 (3) sft.
Viking Storm 14-1 (9-4) Held up towards rear, headway into mid-division 5f out, led over 2f out, ridden clear 2f out, stayed on well, driven out, won at Lingfield 1m 5f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Jul beating Biographer (8-5) by 3l, 12 ran.
John Louis 11-2 (9-4) Made all, ridden over 1f out, stayed on gamely, all out near finish, won at Newmarket 1m 4f hcp 0-90 (3) hvy in Jul beating Sohar (8-13) by 1/2l, 10 ran.
Classic Colori (IRE) 16-1 (9-4) Held up mid-division, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace, 6th of 18, 6l behind Lord Aeryn (9-5) at Thirsk 1m hcp 0-90 (3) gd.
Star Commander 10-3 (8-12) Tracked leaders, pressed leader over 2f out, led over 1f out, ridden and ran on, won at Chester 1m 5f hcp 0-90 (3) gf in May beating Qahriman (9-7) by 1 1/4l, 7 ran.
John Biscuit (IRE) 6-1 (9-8) In touch, headway over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, never reached winner, 2nd of 8, hd behind Amoya (8-13) at Ascot 1m 2f hcp 0-90 (3) fm in Jul.
Dunhoy (IRE) 16-1 (9-9) Held up in 5th, headway switched left and driven over 1f out, staye don to 2nd inside final furlong, stayed on, always held, 2nd of 8, 1l behind Rosairlie (9-0) at Sandown 1m 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Jul.
O Ma Lad (IRE) 10-1 (9-2) Mid-division, headway under pressure over 2f out, stayed on same pace final furlong, 4th of 9, 1 1/4l behind Braveheart Move (8-13) at Newmarket 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) gd.