Aidan O'Brien has won three of the last seven renewals so Century, fourth in the Dee Stakes at Chester on his reappearance, must be worth a second look. But the Mark Johnston stable has an even more impressive record in this Listed contest for would-be top class stayers. His Middleham yard has won six of the last 13 stagings and HARTNELL can further enhance the record. He had the stamina to finish third in a Group 1 on heavy ground over 1m2f as a two-year-old and looked ready for a further step up in trip when second in the Lingfield Derby Trial last time. Marzocco was only beaten a neck in a Listed race at Goodwood while Montaly looked a stayer in the making at Haydock and appears to have the beating of Min Alemarat and The Corsican on collateral form. The others look to have a lot of improving to do to figure.
Anglo Irish 9-2 (9-2) Soon settled tracking leading trio, ridden and not quicken 2f out, weakened well over 1f out, behind and eased in closing stages, 10th of 11, 13l behind Storm Force Ten (8-13) at Chester 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gd in May.
Big Orange 8-11fav (8-11) Made all, pushed along and kept on well final furlong, in command when edged right in closing stages, unchallenged, won at Lingfield 1m 2f mdn auc stks (6) pol in Apr beating Royal Warranty (8-6) by 1 1/2l, 7 ran.
Century (IRE) 3-1 (9-0) Held up in 5th, pushed along and outpaced as pace lifted 4f out, effort on outside edged left and kept on inside final furlong, never going pace to threaten, 4th of 7, 4l behind Kingfisher (9-0) at Chester 1m 2f 3yo lst stk (1) sft in May.
God's Speed (IRE) 16-1 (9-6) Held up in rear, headway on outside over 1f out, stayed on into well held 3rd inside final furlong, eased towards finish, 3rd of 6, 6l behind Latenightrequest (9-1) at Pontefract 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Apr.
Hartnell 12-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, effort to chase winner over 1f out, soon switched right, ridden and hung right inside final furlong, kept on, 2nd of 9, 2l behind Snow Sky (9-0) at Lingfield 1m 3f 3yo lst stk (1) gd in May.
Hatsaway (IRE) 14-1 (9-5) Mid-division, headway 2f out, ridden over 1f out, never on terms with leaders, 4th of 9, 6l behind Wonderstruck (9-0) at Newmarket 1m 4f 3yo mdn (5) gs in May.
Loving Your Work 12-1 (9-3) Mid-division, headway 2f out, ridden over 1f out, led inside final furlong, stayed on, won at Newbury 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gf beating Samtu (9-5) by 3/4l, 15 ran.
Marzocco (USA) 2-1fav (9-0) Held up in touch, ridden and bumped slightly over 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, went 2nd towards finish, just held, 2nd of 5, nk behind Observational (9-0) at Goodwood 1m 3f 3yo lst stk (1) sft in May.
Min Alemarat (IRE) 2-5fav (8-11) Tracked leader 2f, tracked leaders, pushed along 8f out, came centre and headway to lead over 2f out, clear approaching final furlong, eased inside final furlong, won at Haydock 1m 4f mdn stks (5) sft in May beating Rocket Ship (8-11) by 7l, 7 ran.
Montaly 4-1 (8-9) Held up in 4th, headway and effort 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on and every chance final furlong, held towards finish, 2nd of 6, 1/2l behind Wrangler (9-1) at Haydock 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) sft in May.
The Corsican (IRE) 8-1 (8-13) Tracked leader over 10f out, ridden to challenge 2f out, driven to lead approaching final furlong, stayed on under pressure inside final furlong and always holding on, won at Kempton 1m 4f mdn stks (5) pol beating Desert Snow (8-8) by 1/2l, 12 ran.
Gold Approach 5-1 (8-6) Pressed leader, driven over 2f out, ridden to lead inside final 2f, clear inside final furlong, ran on well, comfortably, won at Lingfield 1m 3f mdn stks (5) gf in May beating Pack Leader (8-11) by 5l, 8 ran.