Four-year-olds have dominated this Listed handicap in recent times so the stats look to be against Beachfire reprising last season's success off a 7lb higher mark. He never threatened behind Retrieve on his reappearance at Lingfield and the Godolphin colt, third at Goodwood subsequently, can confirm the form. John Gosden has another live candidate in GATEWOOD, however, who is fancied to complete the hat-trick. Despite looking ill at ease on Epsom's gradients last time, he still found a decisive turn of foot to mow down Ottoman Empire and Black Spirit among others and has the scope to defy a further 7lb rise in the weights. Others with claims include Mijhaar, who couldn't quicken over a mile at York on his comeback, and Danadana. The latter looks the pick of Luca Cumani's pair after wins at Newmarket, where he beat Qaraaba, and Redcar. Hyper has won his last five starts in the States but the form doesn't look anywhere near strong enough to land this.
Retrieve (AUS) 5-2 (8-12) Chased leaders until dropped to last pair and niggled along 7f out, headway 3f out, disputing 2nd 2f out, soon ridden, no impression on winner and held over 1f out, 3rd of 6, 3l behind Jet Away (8-12) at Goodwood 1m 2f Listed Stakes (4yo+) (1) gd in May.
French Navy 11-2 (8-13) Prominent, pushed along over 2f out, soon beaten, 6th of 7, 10l behind Beaten Up (8-10) at Newbury 1m 4f Grp 3 (1) gf in Oct.
Beachfire 5-1 (8-12) Held up in rear, driven over 3f out, lost touch over 2f out, last of 7, 18l behind Retrieve (8-12) at Lingfield 1m 2f cnd stks (4yo+) (3) pol in May.
Kings Gambit (SAF) 7-1 (8-12) Led, headed over 8f out, stayed prominent, ridden 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 7, 8l behind Retrieve (8-12) at Lingfield 1m 2f cnd stks (4yo+) (3) pol in May.
Mijhaar 2-1fav (9-2) In touch, took keen hold, headway over 3f out, ridden and every chance 2f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 11, 2 3/4l behind Fury (9-4) at York 1m listed hcp 0-110 (1) gd in May.
Con Artist (IRE) 8-1 (9-10) In touch in 5th, ridden and every chance over 1f out, pressed winner inside final furlong, no extra towards finish, 3rd of 11, 1l behind Danadana (9-4) at Redcar 1m 2f hcp 105 (2) gf.
Ottoman Empire (FR) 20-1 (9-10) Took keen hold, tracked leaders, went 2nd on inside well over 2f out, led over 2f out, hung right over 1f out, stayed on until headed and outpaced close home, 2nd of 13, nk behind Gatewood (9-1) at Epsom Downs 1m 2f hcp (2) gd.
Danadana (IRE) 5-4fav (9-4) Held up mid-division, headway over 2f out, led over 1f out, kept on, just held on, won at Redcar 1m 2f hcp 105 (2) gf beating Mid Mon Lady (9-6) by hd, 11 ran.
Qaraaba Evensfav (9-7) Steadied in rear, smooth headway over 2f out, led on bit over 1f out, soon clear, very easy, won at Doncaster 1m 2f flls hcp 0-90 (3) sft beating Dragonera (9-4) by 3l, 7 ran.
Kirthill (IRE) 8-1 (9-7) Dwelt, held up towards rear, headway over 3f out, weakened final furlong, 9th of 14, 8l behind Gatewood (8-7) at York 1m 2f hcp 0-100 (2) gd in May.
Hyper (USA) 13-5 (8-11) Bobble st,wait 1/4, up, won at Belmont Park(USA) 1m 1f stks gd in May beating Clear Attempt (8-9) by shd, 9 ran.
Black Spirit (USA) 20-1 (9-10) Mid-division, ridden and hung left over 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, never going pace to challenge, 4th of 13, 1 1/4l behind Gatewood (9-1) at Epsom Downs 1m 2f hcp (2) gd.
Junoob 12-1 (9-1) Held up in rear, headway over 3f out, soon ridden and weakened, last of 6, 16l behind Hawaafez (8-7) at Newbury 1m 5f Listed Stakes (4yo+) (1) gs in May.
Gatewood 9-4fav (9-1) Held up in rear, still plenty to do when not clear run and switched sharply right to outside over 2f out, strong run final furlong, quickened to lead close home, won at Epsom Downs 1m 2f hcp (2) gd beating Ottoman Empire (9-10) by nk, 13 ran.
Sirvino 8-1 (9-10) Held up mid-division, pushed along over 2f out, soon weakened, 9th of 11, 16l behind Danadana (9-4) at Redcar 1m 2f hcp 105 (2) gf.
Opera Gal (IRE) 10-1 (8-7) Chased leaders, ridden inside final 3f, weakened over 2f out, 4th of 6, 8l behind Jet Away (8-12) at Goodwood 1m 2f Listed Stakes (4yo+) (1) gd in May.