We correctly forecast that high numbers would have the call in the Royal Hunt Cup but the ground was good and today's conditions are the opposite so the effect may not be so pronounced. With the bookies going 12/1 the field it's the toughest event of the week but WAFFLE is the one given the dubious honour of carrying the vote. David Barron is a master at preparing sprinters and it's significant that he's booked Fran Berry for the ride as he was on board when his mount was beaten a neck by Deacon Blues in this a year ago, conceding 2llb to a horse who won his next four races at Group level and ended the term 22lb higher. Medicean Man looks a major threat after a terrific run behind Little Bridge in the King's Stand Stakes on Tuesday and he loves this track. Maarek is in tremendous form though another 6lb rise for his Newmarket success gives him a daunting task and Alben Star, who wan't far behind him at Headquarters, is taken to reverse the form. High Standing was well beaten a year ago but has dropped to a fair mark while Desert Law has been attracting support after his second at Epsom and he's run well on soft ground here in the past.
Maarek 12-1 (9-8) Not much room and rider lost iron start, behind stands side, driven and headway over 1f out, soon ridden, led that side inside final furlong, stayed on well to lead overall final stride, won at Newmarket 6f hcp (2) gs in May beating Shropshire (8-5) by nk, 24 ran.
Elusivity (IRE) 14-1 (9-4) Held up, ridden over 1f out, edged left and stayed on inside final furlong, never on terms, 6th of 12, 7l behind Bated Breath (9-4) at Haydock 5f Grp 2 (1) fm in May.
Dandy Boy (ITY) 25-1 (9-10) Settled in rear of mid-division on far rail, headway 2f out, switched left and led over 1f out, soon edged left and headed under pressure inside final furlong, kept on but not match winner, 2nd of 17, nk behind Glor Na Mara (8-13) at Curragh 1m hcp gd in May.
Secret Witness 8-1 (9-11) Behind, never dangerous, 13th of 18, 4l behind Dancing Freddy (8-10) at York 5f hcp 105 (2) gf in May.
Oasis Dancer 5-2fav (9-3) Raced wide close up, ridden 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 9, 4l behind Fratellino (9-0) at Lingfield 5f Listed stks (1) pol in Mar.
Colonel Mak 33-1 (9-10) Pressed leader far side, led group inside final 2f, ridden and headed 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 24, 1 1/2l behind Maarek (9-8) at Newmarket 6f hcp (2) gs in May.
Morache Music 14-1 (9-4) Held up towards rear, angling out and looking for room when pushed right over 2f out, driven over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, never able to challenge, 5th of 9, 1 1/2l behind Libranno (9-4) at Salisbury 6f Listed stks 3yo (1) gd.
Palace Moon 25-1 (9-7) Held up towards rear, headway over 1f out, soon chasing winner, every chance inside final furlong, stayed on under pressure to lead close home, won at Newbury 6f hcp 0-100 (2) gs in May beating Pabusar (9-7) by hd, 15 ran.
Pabusar 14-1 (9-7) Mid-division, smooth headway over 2f out, soon chasing leaders, edged right when led over 1f out, strongly challenged inside final furlong, headed and no extra closing stages, 2nd of 15, hd behind Palace Moon (9-7) at Newbury 6f hcp 0-100 (2) gs in May.
Gordon Lord Byron (IRE) 4-1fav (9-9) Rear of mid-division on outer, 7th 2f out, good headway to go 2nd 1f out, no impression on winner inside final furlong, kept on same pace, 2nd of 10, 1l behind One Spirit (9-6) at Naas 7f Listed stks (1) gf.
Medicean Man 33-1 (9-4) In rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, ran on, not reached leaders, 4th of 22, 3l behind Little Bridge (9-4) at Royal Ascot 5f Grp 1 (1) gs.
Hawkeyethenoo (IRE) 12-1 (9-6) Raced centre, chased leaders, ridden into 3rd that group over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, no chance with leaders far side, 11th of 24, 6l behind Global Village (8-5) at Ascot 7f hcp (2) sft in May.
Scarf (AUS) 18-1 (9-7) Raced freely tracking leader, led well over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, soon rallied, kept on well, 2nd of 10, hd behind Tariq Too (8-7) at Doncaster 7f hcp 0-105 (2) sft.
Jonny Mudball 16-1 (9-0) Close up 3f, 15th of 16, 18l behind Mayson (9-0) at Newmarket 5f Grp 3 (1) gs in May.
Lui Rei (ITY) 9-1 (9-7) Held up in mid-division, good headway over 2f out, chased leader over 1f out, ran on to lead final 120 yards, won going away, won at Epsom Downs 6f hcp 0-100 (2) gf beating Sacrosanctus (8-7) by 1 1/4l, 16 ran.
Waffle (IRE) 10-1 (9-7) Dwelt, behind, headway over 1f out, soon ridden, kept on, no extra last 100 yards, 4th of 19, 2l behind Secret Witness (9-1) at York 6f hcp 0-105 (2) gd in May.
Pepper Lane 12-1 (9-2) Held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, soon no impression, last of 10, 13l behind Inetrobil (8-9) at Haydock 6f 3yo lst fll (1) gf.
High Standing (USA) 16-1 (9-8) Held up in rear, headway on far rail over 1f out, switched right inside final furlong, stayed on towards finish, never nearer, 4th of 10, 1l behind Mirza (9-6) at Newmarket 6f hcp 105 (2) gs.
Sir Reginald 16-1 (9-0) 9th of 13, 8l behind Hitchens (9-0) at Meydan(UAE) 6f Group 3 stks (3yo+) (1) in Feb.
Gramercy (IRE) 16-1 (9-7) In rear, pushed along over 2f out, no headway, last of 16, 11l behind Judge 'n Jury (8-0) at York 5f hcp 0-105 (2) gd in May.
Seal Rock 6-1fav (9-5) Mid-division far side, ridden to chase leaders over 1f out, kept on under pressure inside final furlong, no impression, 6th of 24, 3 1/2l behind Maarek (9-8) at Newmarket 6f hcp (2) gs in May.
Alben Star (IRE) 9-1 (9-4) Mid-division stand side, headway 2f out, ridden and effort 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 5th of 24, 2 3/4l behind Maarek (9-8) at Newmarket 6f hcp (2) gs in May.
Mac's Power (IRE) 9-2 (9-6) Mid-division, headway when not clear run over 1f out, chased leaders inside final furlong, no extra towards finish, 3rd of 15, 4l behind Palace Moon (9-7) at Newbury 6f hcp 0-100 (2) gs in May.
New Planet (IRE) 12-1 (9-7) Held up mid-division, effort over 1f out, faded inside final furlong, 13th of 19, 9l behind Secret Witness (9-1) at York 6f hcp 0-105 (2) gd in May.
King Of Jazz (IRE) 14-1 (9-0) Raced far side, in touch, headway to chase leaders over 1f out, disputing 2nd entering final furlong, kept on under pressure inside final furlong, not quite pace of leading duo, 3rd of 24, 2l behind Global Village (8-5) at Ascot 7f hcp (2) sft in May.
Joe Packet 33-1 (9-7) In touch, ridden and lost place over 2f out, 21st of 22, 28l behind Colonel Mak (9-0) at Doncaster 6f hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Apr.
Dungannon 25-1 (9-4) Mid-division far side, lost place over 1f out, weakened and eased inside final furlong, 23rd of 24, 18l behind Maarek (9-8) at Newmarket 6f hcp (2) gs in May.
Desert Law (IRE) 11-1 (9-2) In touch on rail, headway 2f out, swiched left over 1f out, chased winner just inside final furlong, ran on well, unable to reach winner, 2nd of 20, 1/2l behind Stone Of Folca (8-12) at Epsom Downs 5f hcp (2) gf.
Lightning Cloud (IRE) 14-1 (8-9) Raced centre, in touch, headway to lead that group inside final furlong, ran on, not pace of leaders far side, 5th of 24, 3 1/2l behind Global Village (8-5) at Ascot 7f hcp (2) sft in May.