Slade Power's connections are hopeful of a big sprint double after their Sole Power landed the King's Stand Stakes earlier in the week. The recent Curragh winner landed a Group 2 over track and trip in October and shouldn't be far away. Darwin was well beaten at the Curragh and might struggle to reverse that form but Aidan O'Brien also runs progressive three-year-old Due Diligence. Another three-year-old, ASTAIRE, makes more appeal however. The Duke Of York Stakes is usually a good trial for this and Kevin Ryan's colt travelled really strongly in that contest until just getting outbattled by Maarek. The faster ground here will suit him much better and younger horses have a decent strike rate in this from few runners. Gordon Lord Byron is a Group 1 winner but possibly better over 7f and the trip may also be too sharp for French challenger American Devil. But Aljamaaheer finished with a flourish on his reappearance at Newmarket and will strip fitter here.
Aljamaaheer (IRE) 5-4fav (9-6) Dwelt in touch towards rear, ridden and headway entering final furlong, soon switched left ran on strongly, gaining near finish, 3rd of 8, 3/4l behind Hamza (9-6) at Newmarket 6f Grp 3 (1) gd in Apr.
American Devil (FR) (9-4) won at Longchamp(FR) 7f Grp 3 (1) sft in May beating Sommerabend (9-8) by 1 1/2l, 10 ran.
Darwin 7-1 (9-12) Soon tracked leaders in 4th, ridden and dropped to last from 2f out, dropped behind from over 1f out, soon eased, last of 6, 30l behind Slade Power (10-0) at Curragh 6f Grp 3 (1) in May.
Es Que Love (IRE) 12-1 (9-4) Tracked leaders near side, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 9th of 16, 4l behind Sole Power (9-4) at Royal Ascot 5f Grp 1 (1) gd.
Gordon Lord Byron (IRE) (9-0) 7th of 14, 8l behind Variety Club (9-0) at Sha Tin(HK) 1m Grp 1 gd in May.
Hawkeyethenoo (IRE) 8-1 (9-8) In rear and outpaced, 7th of 17, 5l behind Demora (8-8) at Musselburgh 5f hcp (4yo+) (2) sft.
Jack Dexter 20-1 (9-4) Chased leaders, pushed along halfway, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 7th of 16, 2 1/2l behind Sole Power (9-4) at Royal Ascot 5f Grp 1 (1) gd.
Medicean Man 33-1 (9-4) Held up towards rear, pushed along halfway, headway over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong pressing for places but never going pace of winner, 4th of 16, 1 3/4l behind Sole Power (9-4) at Royal Ascot 5f Grp 1 (1) gd.
Montiridge (IRE) 9-2 (9-0) Behind, ridden over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, no impression, 10th of 14, 4 1/2l behind Rocky Ground (9-0) at Windsor 6f Listed stks (1) gd.
Music Master 4-1fav (9-0) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 14, 3 1/2l behind Rocky Ground (9-0) at Windsor 6f Listed stks (1) gd.
Slade Power (IRE) 5-2 (10-0) Soon tracked leaders in 3rd and a little keen, closed travelling smoothly 2f out, led over 1f out, soon pressed but quickly asserted and stayed on well, won at Curragh 6f Grp 3 (1) in May beating Maarek (10-0) by 2l, 6 ran.
Tawhid 9-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, held up, bumped slightly over 5f out, headway over 3f out, challenged over 1f out until entering final furlong, no extra final 100 yards, 7th of 9, 8l behind Penitent (9-0) at Haydock 7f Grp 3 (1) gs in May.
Tropics (USA) 17-2 (9-8) Always in rear, last of 13, 38l behind Maarek (9-13) at York 6f Grp 2 (1) sft in May.
Astaire (IRE) 5-1 (9-3) Led 1f, tracked leader, led again over 1f out, ridden and headed inside final furlong, ran on, 2nd of 13, 1/2l behind Maarek (9-13) at York 6f Grp 2 (1) sft in May.
Due Diligence (USA) 5-4fav (9-3) Made all, ridden along under 2f out, kept on strongly final furlong, comfortably, won at Naas 6f 3yo lst stk (1) beating Sailors Swan (9-3) by 4l, 9 ran.