As 30 runner handicaps go this is up there with the toughest; excuses aside we will side with the uncomplicated PHILARIO who should give backers a good run for their money from the front. The list of dangers is long and intricate but it is perhaps headed by the formidable trio of Forgotten Voice, Roaring Forte and Cadre. Karl Burke's colt comes here on the back of a gallant third at Epsom behind Tartan Gigha. That was another good effort, building on his Curragh win in May and although he is not thrown in off his new mark of 105, he should run well, especially if there is any rain around. Lovelace is back in handicap company and that means he must be considered, along with the consistent trio of Mia's Boy, Bushman and Mahadee. Forgotten Voice has a very sexy profile but he was taking advantage of a farcial handicap mark before and his new 11b higher mark in a much better race will find out any weaknesses. Roaring Forte looks the pick of the William Haggas duo, and Liam Jones is riding well. This Cape Cross colt is another who is up in the weights following a recent win but he is progressive and the return to a mile is in his favour. Docofthebay needs everything to drop right, whilst the drop in trip will suit Military Power. Dunn'o is a hard horse to pass but he will struggle to dominate this field and was given a truly fantastic ride when winning last time. Cadre has a bit to find with Dunn'O but on a form line through Tartan Gigha he looks interesting and looks a huge danger for a trainer with a good record in the race. Royal Power, Soccerjackpot, Axiom and Kavachi must all be treated with respect, but in a race where there has been no winning favourite in the last ten years, we will take a chance on Philario.
Smokey Oakey (IRE) 66-1 (9-0) Always in rear, last and struggling straight, last of 12, 6l behind Cima De Triomphe (9-0) at Sandown 1m 2f stks (1) gd in May.
Lovelace 9-2 (9-9) Took keen hold, held up in touch, 6th straight pushed along 3f out, soon hanging left, no impression on leaders final 2f, 6th of 8, 4 1/2l behind Mac Love (9-4) at Epsom Downs 1m stks (1) gd.
Philario (IRE) 3-1fav (9-5) Took keen hold, disputed 2nd, 3rd straight, hardridden over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong to press for 2nd towards finish, no chance with winner, 3rd of 9, 2 1/2l behind Tartan Gigha (8-7) at Epsom Downs 1m hcp 0-105 (2) gd.
Alfathaa 11-1 (8-6) Raced keenly, tracked leaders, not clear run from 2f out to over 1f out, not run on when clear, 6th of 9, 3 1/2l behind Yaddree (8-6) at Newbury 1m 1f 3yo stk (3) gd in Sep.
Mia's Boy 11-4fav (9-2) Held up behind, headway 2f out, soon ridden, kept on under pressure inside final furlong to go 2nd towards finish, 2nd of 10, nk behind Regal Parade (9-2) at York 7f cond Stakes (3) gf in May.
Bushman 12-1 (9-5) Led, ridden and headed over 2f out, kept pressing leaders, no extra final 50 yards, 7th of 8, 3l behind Premio Loco (9-8) at Goodwood 1m Listed stks (1) gd in May.
Quinmaster (USA) 4-1 (9-1) Led, challenged entering straight, ridden and headed over 1f out, no extra and kept on same pace, 2nd of 7, 3l behind Shreyas (9-3) at Leopardstown 1m Listed stks gf.
Forgotten Voice (IRE) 4-5fav (9-4) Mid-division, chased leaders 2f out, quickened well to lead over 1f out, soon clear, pushed out readily, won at Kempton 1m hcp (0-90) (3) pol in May beating Multakka (8-13) by 3l, 10 ran.
Mahadee (IRE) 3-1 (9-10) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, one pace final furlong, 3rd of 5, 3l behind King Of Dixie (9-12) at Lingfield 1m stks (3yo+) (2) pol in May.
Roaring Forte (IRE) 5-2 (9-4) Awkward at start, soon led, ridden and ran on final furlong, won at Newmarket 7f hcp 0-95 (3) gf in May beating Tryst (8-12) by 2 1/2l, 6 ran.
Docofthebay (IRE) 10-1 (9-1) Slowly into stride in rear, pushed along and headway 2f out, edged left and kept on one pace final furlong, 3rd of 6, 5l behind Khateeb (9-1) at Nottingham 1m cond Stakes (2) gf.
Manassas (IRE) 10-1 (9-2) Tracked leading pair, pushed along 3f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 7, 6l behind Ordnance Row (9-2) at Windsor 1m Listed stks (1) gf in May.
Jack Junior (USA) 25-1 (9-7) Led for 1f, steadied into mid-division, pushed along over 2f out, keeping on same pace when not clear run inside final furlong, 6th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Mahadee (9-4) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-105 (2) pol in Apr.
Dunn'o (IRE) 11-2 (9-1) Made all, strongly pressed from 2f out, kept on well final furlong, held on gamely near finish, won at Sandown 1m hcp 0-95 (3) gd in May beating Axiom (9-1) by 1/2l, 13 ran.
Military Power 13-2 (9-4) Tracked leaders, driven 2f out, stayed on same pace final furlong, 4th of 15, 4l behind Kingdom Of Fife (9-0) at Redcar 1m 2f hcp 105 (2) gf in May.
Huzzah (IRE) 11-1 (9-6) Prominent, ridden over 2f out, one pace final furlong, 9th of 23, 6l behind Extraterrestrial (8-12) at Newbury 1m hcp (2) sft in Apr.
Cadre (IRE) 13-2 (9-4) Held up in rear, ridden and still plenty to do over 2f out, headway on outside over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, not reached leaders, 6th of 13, 2l behind Dunn'o (9-1) at Sandown 1m hcp 0-95 (3) gd in May.
Royal Power (IRE) 10-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, 4th straight, ridden 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, not quick pace to challenge, 4th of 9, 3l behind Tartan Gigha (8-7) at Epsom Downs 1m hcp 0-105 (2) gd.
Alan Devonshire 33-1 (8-11) Chased leaders, ridden 2f out, soon outpaced, weakened final furlong, last of 10, 16l behind Regal Parade (9-2) at York 7f cond Stakes (3) gf in May.
Soccerjackpot (USA) 6-5fav (9-10) Made all, stayed on well from over 1f out, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Mar beating Tartan Gigha (9-6) by 3/4l, 6 ran.
Light From Mars 5-1 (8-13) Held up towards rear, headway on outside 3f out, chased leader over 1f out, soon edged right and weakened final 100 yards, 7th of 13, 2 1/2l behind Dunn'o (9-1) at Sandown 1m hcp 0-95 (3) gd in May.
Nanton (USA) 12-1 (9-0) Held up towards rear, ridden along 3f out, headway over 1f out, ran on final furlong, 2nd of 15, 2 1/2l behind Kingdom Of Fife (9-0) at Redcar 1m 2f hcp 105 (2) gf in May.
Final Verse 16-1 (8-12) Raced stands side, held up, headway from 2f out, squeezed through over 1f out, ridden to press winner inside final furlog, not quicken near finish, 2nd of 12, 1/2l behind Ace of Hearts (9-1) at Newmarket 1m hcp 0-95 (3) gf in May.
Axiom 20-1 (9-1) Chased leaders in 4th, not much room from over 2f out, headway and switched right to inside 1f out, stayed on and went 2nd inside final furlong, closed on winner near finish, 2nd of 13, 1/2l behind Dunn'o (9-1) at Sandown 1m hcp 0-95 (3) gd in May.
Ellemujie 7-2fav (9-6) Held up in rear, steady headway on outside from over 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, ridden to lead 1f out, stayed on well, driven out, won at Sandown 1m hcp 0-90 (3) gf beating Mujood (9-0) by 1l, 11 ran.
Luisant 16-1 (9-8) Towards rear, wide straight, ridden to go 9th over 1f out, kept on well without threatening, 3rd of 17, 2 1/4l behind Castle Bar Sling (8-10) at Leopardstown 1m hcap gd in May.
Lucky Dance (BRZ) 20-1 (8-9) Mid-division, ridden along, headway over 1f out, stayed on final furlong, 3rd of 14, 1 1/2l behind Signor Peltro (8-7) at Doncaster 7f hcp 0-100 (2) gf in May.
Kavachi (IRE) 11-2fav (9-2) Held up mid-division, headway over 2f out, stayed on under pressure to lead inside final furlong, ridden and held on towards finish, won at York 1m 1f hcp 105 (2) gd beating Albaqaa (9-7) by nk, 20 ran.
Kings Point (IRE) 7-1 (9-3) Led, headed over 4f out, driven and weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 10, 8l behind Benandonner (9-7) at Ripon 1m hcp 0-95 (3) gf.
Bencoolen (IRE) 9-2 (8-9) Held up in rear, 8th and ridden straight, never a factor, 7th of 9, 9l behind Tartan Gigha (8-7) at Epsom Downs 1m hcp 0-105 (2) gd.
Flawed Genius 33-1 (8-12) Prominent, effort when weakening over 2f out, 14th of 15, 20l behind Kingdom Of Fife (9-0) at Redcar 1m 2f hcp 105 (2) gf in May.