Sir Michael Stoute won this last year and saddles top weight Arab Spring, who is bidding for a four-timer. He's gone up a further 8lb since scoring at York, however, and may find life tougher here. Groundbreaking won by seven lengths at Newmarket last month and is still improving but Elidor also has claims. He won the King George V Stakes here last year over this trip and the ground has turned in his favour again. HAMELIN ran a nice trial for this when only beaten half-a-length over course and distance six weeks ago. He's 5lb higher now but will like the ground and looks well drawn in this big field. Wadi Al Hattawi won at York on his reappearance but ran twice here last year and was comfortably beaten on both occasions. Dashing Star makes most appeal of the remainder ahead of Epsom runner-up Blue Surf.
Arab Spring (IRE) 13-8fav (9-9) Took keen hold early, tracked leaders, smooth headway 3f out, led 2f out, edged right under pressure inside final furlong, held on, all out, won at York 1m 4f hcp 0-105 (2) gd in May beating Duke Of Clarence (9-8) by 1/2l, 11 ran.
Groundbreaking 6-1 (9-7) Reluctant to go to start, in rear, steady headway from over 2f out, led overall over 1f out, ran on, comfortable, won at Newmarket 1m 2f hcp 0-90 (3) gf in May beating Tigers Tale (9-6) by 7l, 9 ran.
Aussie Reigns (IRE) 20-1 (9-7) Held up towards rear, headway under pressure and edged left over 2f out, driven and stayed on from over 1f out, never going pace to reach front pair, 5th of 12, 11l behind Farraaj (9-8) at Epsom Downs 1m 2f hcp (2) gd.
Dashing Star 12-1 (9-7) Overall leader, stayed stands' side, ridden over 2f out, headed over 1f out, stayed on, 4th of 14, 1 1/4l behind De Rigueur (9-1) at Newmarket 1m 4f hcp 0-105 (2) gd in May.
Elidor 8-1 (9-0) Tracked leading pair, driven over 2f out, outpaced when switched left over 1f out, ridden and kept on same pace final furlong, no impression, 3rd of 9, 2 1/4l behind Gatewood (9-0) at Ascot 1m 4f Listed stks (1) gs in May.
Viewpoint (IRE) 12-1 (9-10) In touch, weakened over 2f out, 13th of 14, 49l behind Mighty Yar (9-0) at Newmarket 1m 4f hcp 0-105 (2) gf in May.
Blue Surf 14-1 (9-4) Mid-division on outside, headway on outside travelling well 3f out, chased winner and edged left over 2f out, ridden inside final 2f, never able to get on terms, lost 2nd inside final furlong, keppt on same pace, 3rd of 15, 3l behind Miss Marjurie (8-4) at Epsom Downs 1m 4f hcp 0-100 (2) gd.
Wadi Al Hattawi (IRE) 8-1 (9-5) Held up in mid-division on outside, good headway tracking leading pair over 3f out, led over 2f out, clear over 1f out, stayed on well, won at York 1m 4f hcp 0-90 (3) gs in May beating High Office (8-2) by 1 1/4l, 15 ran.
Squire Osbaldeston (IRE) 10-1 (9-1) Held up in last trio, headway on inside well over 1f out, 4th and one pace inside final furlong, 4th of 11, 5l behind Tres Coronas (8-10) at Chester 1m 2f hcp 0-105 (2) sft in May.
Continuum 33-1 (9-0) Held up in last pair, headway under pressure over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, stayed on to chase leaders inside final furlong, no impression, 4th of 9, 2 3/4l behind Gatewood (9-0) at Ascot 1m 4f Listed stks (1) gs in May.
Havana Cooler (IRE) 11-4fav (9-2) In touch main group, headway towards stands side 3f out, ridden and every chance over 1f out, one pace when wandered inside final furlong, 3rd and held towards finish, 3rd of 11, 1 1/2l behind Dark Crusader (8-13) at York 1m 6f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) sft in Aug.
Lahaag 10-1 (9-7) Keen, close up, came centre straight, ridden 2f out, weakened approaching final furlong, 13th of 14, 26l behind De Rigueur (9-1) at Newmarket 1m 4f hcp 0-105 (2) gd in May.
Hamelin (IRE) 9-4fav (9-3) Mid-division on outside, headway over 2f out, went 2nd and ridden over 1f out, stayed on to press winner final 100 yards, held near finish, 2nd of 9, 1/2l behind Al Saham (9-3) at Ascot 1m 4f hcp 0-95 (3) gs in May.
Beacon Lady 40-1 (8-11) Held up in rear, outpaced and left behind 5f out, no chance after, 6th of 7, 12l behind Cirrus Des Aigles (9-0) at Epsom Downs 1m 4f Grp 1 (1) gd.
Salutation (IRE) 20-1 (8-12) Led for 2f, pressed leader, ridden and every chance over 2f out, ridden entering final 2f, weakened over 1f out, hampered on rail soon after, 11th of 12, 17l behind Farraaj (9-8) at Epsom Downs 1m 2f hcp (2) gd.
Macbeth (IRE) 33-1 (8-10) Held up, came centre straight, ridden over 2f out, not trouble leaders, 8th of 14, 2l behind De Rigueur (9-1) at Newmarket 1m 4f hcp 0-105 (2) gd in May.
Elhaame (IRE) 8-1 (9-7) In touch, ridden 3f out, effort over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 9th of 14, 8l behind Mighty Yar (9-0) at Newmarket 1m 4f hcp 0-105 (2) gf in May.
Eshtiaal (USA) 7-1 (9-4) Tracked leading trio, left in 3rd place after 4f, pushed along over 3f out, ridden and weakened over 2f out, eased when no chance over 1f out, 5th of 6, 17l behind Ted Spread (8-12) at Goodwood 1m 6f hcp 0-105 (2) sft in May.
One Pursuit (IRE) 7-4fav (9-8) Held up in touch, headway over 2f out, ridden to challenge over 1f out, kept on under pressure, 3rd of 8, 2 3/4l behind Linguine (9-7) at Doncaster 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) sft.