Leading jumps trainer Alan King loves to take on the Flat boys at their own game and his TIGER CLIFF has the form and stamina to take the traditional finale. Second in last year's Ascot Stakes over 2m4f, the five-year-old went on to win the Ebor at York and his two runs this season have been in pattern company. Fellow NH stalwarts Willie Mullins and Nicky Henderson will be hopeful of good runs from Pique Sous and Royal Irish Hussar respectively while Whiplash Willie made an impressive return from injury at Salisbury before finishing third in a Group 3 at Sandown, ahead of the selection. But the placings are expected to be reversed over this much longer trip. Mubaraza stays well but Statutory and El Salvador have been out of sorts lately and this may prove a bit too far for Brass Ring.
Statutory (IRE) 8-1 (9-0) Mid-division, pushed along 5f out, outpaced over 3f out, kept on again inside final furlong, 5th of 12, 6l behind Clever Cookie (9-0) at York 1m 6f Listed stks (1) gs in May.
Dark Ranger 8-1 (9-8) Took keen hold, held up towards rear, stayed on inside final furlong, never going pace to reach leaders, 6th of 12, 4 1/2l behind Spice Fair (9-0) at Kempton 2m hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Dollar Bill 18-1 (9-3) Always towards rear, ridden over 3f out, never dangerous, 9th of 13, 14l behind Civil War (9-7) at Goodwood 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gs in May.
El Salvador (IRE) 9-2 (9-9) In rear, pushed along approaching straight, soon no impression, no extra and eased from over 1f out, last of 9, 19l behind Indigo Lady (9-4) at Curragh 1m 2f Listed stks (1).
First Avenue 25-1 (8-5) Held up, pushed along 10f out, ridden over 2f out, not trouble leaders, 6th of 8, 11l behind Presto Volante (8-11) at Kempton 2m hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Apr.
Mubaraza (IRE) 4-1fav (9-5) Tracked leaders in good position on inside, went 2nd 3f out, chased winner 2f out until ridden 1f out, no impression inside final furlong, lost 3rd towards finish, 4th of 17, 5l behind Suegioo (9-4) at Chester 2m 3f hcp (4yo+) (2) gd in May.
Petara Bay (IRE) 14-1 (10-0) Chased leaders in 5th, ridden and every chance 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 14, 14l behind Motivado (9-2) at Goodwood 1m 6f hcp 105 (2) gd in Aug '12.
Pique Sous (FR) 10-1 (9-12) Chased leaders, ridden in 4th 2f out, no impression over 1f out, 5th of 13, 12l behind Thomas Edison (8-13) at Curragh 1m 4f hcp sft in May.
Romeo Montague 66-1 (8-11) Dwelt, always in rear, came centre straight, last of 14, 28l behind De Rigueur (9-1) at Newmarket 1m 4f hcp 0-105 (2) gd in May.
Swinging Hawk (GER) 8-1 (8-4) Behind, headway over 1f out, stayed on well, nearest finish, 3rd of 10, 3l behind Swnymor (8-11) at Chester 1m 5f hcp 0-90 (3) gs in May.
Tiger Cliff (IRE) 5-1 (9-2) In touch, effort over 2f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 5th of 11, 6l behind Brown Panther (9-4) at Sandown 2m Grp 3 (1) sft in May.
Whiplash Willie 16-1 (9-2) Towards rear, ridden when headway over 1f out, stayed on to go 3rd inside final furlong, nearest finish, 3rd of 11, 5l behind Brown Panther (9-4) at Sandown 2m Grp 3 (1) sft in May.
Argent Knight 25-1 (8-11) Held up behind, struggling over 3f out, soon beaten, eased over 1f out, 8th of 11, 20l behind Noble Silk (8-13) at Haydock 2m hcp 0-100 (2) gd in May.
Brass Ring 8-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, switched right and driven 3f out, kept on same pace, ridden over 1f out, no impression final furlong, 5th of 7, 5l behind Mount Athos (9-0) at Newbury 1m 5f Listed stks (1) gf in May.
Number One London (IRE) 12-1 (8-9) Keen, tracked leader, led over 3f out, pressed from 2f out, ridden and ran on, won at Goodwood 2m hcp 0-90 (3) gd beating Kashgar (8-11) by 1 1/4l, 13 ran.
Royal Irish Hussar (IRE) 3-1 (9-1) Attempted to make all, ridden 2f out, headed 1 1/2f out, soon no impression and dropped to 4th, 4th of 8, 8l behind Dabadiyan (9-1) at Down Royal 1m 5f stks gf in Jul.
Petaluma 10-1 (8-13) Behind, headway under pressure on outside 3f out, ridden over 1f out, went 3rd inside final furlong, kept on towards finish, just held for 2nd, 3rd of 12, 2l behind Magicalmysterytour (8-3) at Nottingham 1m 6f hcp 0-70 (5) sft.