This looks a typically competitive renewal of the Wokingham with plenty of the 31 runners having claims including High Standing, Zidane and Sohraab but that trio all have high draws and the indication from earlier in the week is that a low draw is an advantage so it is JIMMY STYLES that gets the vote. Clive Cox has his team in great from at present and having won well at Newmarket last time, Jimmy Styles has solid claims of defying the penalty for that success, especially given his draw in stall one. Had he been better drawn, High Standing would have gone close to being the selection but being berthed in stall 28 may be his undoing. Roger Charlton's Genki is better drawn in stall 10 but he was well beaten behind J J The Jet Plane at Windsor last time. Henry Candy's Markab is probably a shade high in the weights at present, while Asset is hard to recommend given the form of Godolphin's runners at present. Anything saddled by David Nicholls in a big sprint handicap has to be considered and he has several with claims here with Something looking the pick of his quintet but it is Jimmy Styles that is preferred.
Rock Of Rochelle (USA) 8-1 (9-12) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, ridden in 4th 2f out, no extra 1 1/2f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 9, 4 1/2l behind Duff (9-9) at Leopardstown 7f Grp 3 gd.
Asset (IRE) 11-1 (9-0) Held up towards rear and keen, headway over 2f out, stayed on same pace from over 1f out, 4th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Main Aim (9-0) at Haydock 7f stks (1) gd in May.
Zidane 6-1 (9-0) Held up, not clear run 2f out, headway over 1f out, chased leader briefly inside final furlong, kept on same pace, 3rd of 7, 5l behind Royal Rock (9-0) at Haydock 6f cond Stakes (2) gd in May.
Brave Prospector 12-1 (8-13) In touch, ridden over 2f out, kept on until weakened quickly over 1f out, 13th of 14, 6l behind Moorhouse Lad (9-0) at Newbury 5f Grp 3 (1) gd in Sep.
Sohraab 17-2 (9-0) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, kept on, 4th of 6, 5l behind J J The Jet Plane (9-7) at Windsor 6f Listed stks (1) gf.
Beaver Patrol (IRE) 40-1 (9-5) Chased leaders in centre group until over 2f out, 22nd of 27, 18l behind Swift Gift (8-5) at Ascot 7f hcp (2) gf in May.
Knot In Wood (IRE) 16-1 (9-9) Chased leaders, ridden 2f out, no impression from over 1f out, 7th of 9, 13l behind Utmost Respect (10-0) at Curragh 6f Grp 3 hvy in May.
Tamagin (USA) 14-1 (9-4) Chased leader, led over 1f out, soon ridden, headed entering final furlong, kept pressing winner to line, 2nd of 7, nk behind Strike The Deal (9-4) at Lingfield 6f stks (3yo+) (3) pol in May.
Jimmy Styles 3-1fav (9-4) Raced centre, in touch, headway over 2f out, led approaching final furlong, ran on well, won at Newmarket 6f hcp 0-100 (2) gf in May beating Everymanforhimself (9-0) by 1 3/4l, 10 ran.
Nota Bene 20-1 (9-7) Mid-division, headway and effort approaching final furlong, kept on one pace and lost 3rd inside final furlong, 4th of 7, 2l behind Strike The Deal (9-4) at Lingfield 6f stks (3yo+) (3) pol in May.
Prohibit 12-1 (9-10) Took keen hold, tracked leaders, lost place halfway, soon pushed along, ridden and some headway over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 11th of 21, 12l behind Evens And Odds (8-11) at Newmarket 6f hcap (2) gf in May.
Carcinetto (IRE) 16-1 (8-13) Soon pressing leader, ridden along over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 6, 6l behind Judd Street (9-4) at Salisbury 6f Listed stks (1) gf.
Exclamation 10-3 (9-4) Led to over 3f out, kept on until weakened from 2f out, 9th of 11, 24l behind Main Aim (9-3) at Newbury 6f hcp 0-100 (2) gs in May.
Advanced 3-1fav (8-12) Chased leaders, driven over 1f out, every chance entering final furlong, kept on same pace, 3rd of 11, 3/4l behind Excusez Moi (8-12) at Beverley 5f cond Stakes (2) gd in May.
Markab 25-1 (9-5) Led stands side group, ridden and every chance over 1f out, drifted right and no extra inside final furlong, 6th of 27, 4 1/2l behind Swift Gift (8-5) at Ascot 7f hcp (2) gf in May.
Evens And Odds (IRE) 13-2fav (9-2) Chased leaders on far side for over 4f, 16th of 27, 15l behind Swift Gift (8-5) at Ascot 7f hcp (2) gf in May.
Major Eazy (IRE) 25-1 (9-11) Restrained start, behind, switched right 2f out, soon ridden and headway, kept on, not reach leaders, 5th of 13, 3 1/2l behind High Standing (9-4) at Goodwood 6f hcp 0-100 (2) gd in May.
Orpsie Boy (IRE) 6-1 (9-5) In rear, ridden and headway from over 1f out, stayed on final furlong, took 4th close home, nearest finish, 4th of 17, 4 1/2l behind Evens And Odds (8-11) at Newmarket 6f hcap (2) gf in May.
Pearly Wey 8-1 (9-5) Held up, not much room over 2f out, soon ridden, no impression over 1f out, 6th of 11, 6l behind Knot In Wood (9-2) at Kempton 6f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) pol in Oct.
Genki (IRE) 28-1 (9-0) Held up, not clear run and switched left, kept on well inside final furlong, 5th of 6, 5l behind J J The Jet Plane (9-7) at Windsor 6f Listed stks (1) gf.
Joseph Henry 20-1 (9-1) In touch, effort over 2f out, soon beaten, 11th of 14, 15l behind Signor Peltro (8-7) at Doncaster 7f hcp 0-100 (2) gf in May.
High Standing (USA) 15-8fav (9-4) Restrained start, behind, switched right and good headway 2f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, ran on strongly, won at Goodwood 6f hcp 0-100 (2) gd in May beating Kerrys Requiem (8-5) by 1 1/4l, 13 ran.
Striking Spirit 33-1 (9-7) Held up towards rear on outside, pushed along over 2f out, never reached leaders, 7th of 16, 7l behind Baldemar (8-8) at Epsom Downs 6f hcp 0-100 (2) gd.
Osiris Way 10-1 (9-8) Chased leaders, ridden 2f out, every chance 1f out, not pace of winner, lost 2 places near finish, 4th of 13, 2l behind High Standing (9-4) at Goodwood 6f hcp 0-100 (2) gd in May.
Baby Strange 5-1 (9-6) Mid-division, ridden 2f out, never able to challenge, 6th of 13, 4l behind Roker Park (9-5) at Doncaster 6f hcp 0-95 (3) gd.
Van Bossed (CAN) 7-1 (9-6) Mid-division on inside, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened, 15th of 16, 14l behind Baldemar (8-8) at Epsom Downs 6f hcp 0-100 (2) gd.
Soap Wars 11-4fav (9-5) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, improved to 2nd 1 1/2f out, challenged 1f out, stayed on to lead last 150yds, kept on well, all out, won at Dundalk 6f hcp 0-100 pol in Apr beating Empirical Power (10-0) by shd, 10 ran.
Kaldoun Kingdom (IRE) 16-1 (8-13) Held up behind, driven and headway over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, nearest finish, 7th of 14, 2 1/2l behind Ishetoo (8-5) at York 5f hcp 105 (2) gf in May.