HOMERIC found the 2m4f of the Ascot Stakes beyond him last time but scored over track and trip before that with a subsequent winner back in third. He may just edge this on that form and is preferred to Mysterious Man and Mawaqeet, who were also beaten in last month's Ascot Stakes. The latter has since gone very close at York and looks a bigger threat than Highland Castle, who has yet to prove he stays as far as this. Today's distance is no problem for either Broxbourne or Desert Recluse but whether they are quite good enough in this company is another matter.
Highland Castle 9-1 (9-0) Steadied leaving stalls, mid-division, headway over 2f out, ridden and edged left over 1f out, stayed on same pace, not able to trouble leaders, 4th of 17, 4l behind Star Lahib (8-8) at Haydock 1m 4f hcp (4yo+) (2) gf.
Homeric (IRE) 12-1 (9-3) Held up towards rear, headway over 4f out, ridden to chase leaders inside final 2f, kept on same pace, never on terms, 7th of 19, 7l behind Well Sharp (9-10) at Royal Ascot 2m 4f hcp 0-95 (2) gd in Jun.
Mawaqeet (USA) 13-2 (9-0) Mid-division, headway on outside 3f out, ridden to challenge when edged left inside final 2f, led briefly inside final furlong, kept on, just held near finish, 2nd of 14, hd behind Eagle Rock (8-2) at York 2m hcp 0-95 (3) gf.
Mysterious Man (IRE) 14-1 (9-1) Led, ridden and headed 1f out, soon no chance with winner, no extra and dropped to 5th final 50 yards, 5th of 19, 6l behind Well Sharp (9-10) at Royal Ascot 2m 4f hcp 0-95 (2) gd in Jun.
Desert Recluse (IRE) 14-1 (9-2) Tracked leading pair, went 2nd over 6f out until 2f out, soon ridden, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 11, 10l behind Dark Ranger (8-9) at Kempton 2m hcp (0-90) (3) pol.
Broxbourne (IRE) 10-1 (9-1) Tracked leaders, led over 2f out, ridden and headed inside final furlong, kept on, 2nd of 12, 1 1/4l behind Lieutenant Miller (9-6) at Doncaster 2m hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Apr.