Strike The Deal is best in at the weights judged by official BHA ratings but a combination of ground being softer than ideal and a difficult looking draw in stall nine of the 11 runners makes Jeremy Noseda's colt one probably best watched and preference is for the three-year-old DONCASTER ROVER, who gets the vote over Hoh Hoh Hoh. The last mentioned is not the most consistent of performers but he is more than capable of taking the honours in this contest and ran well here last month when a close third behind Borderlescott, a reproduction of which form would see him go close. Alan Berry's Irish import City Dancer ran his best race for new connections when chasing home Sugar Free at Ayr last month but he needs to improve on that to trouble the selection and of more interest may be Icelandic. Frank Sheridan's gelding ran up to his best when chasing home Nota Bene in a conditions race over the minimum trip at Newmarket last time, will not be inconvenienced by the return to six furlongs and he has to be strongly considered. Hugh Morrison's Sohraab is closely matched with Hoh Hoh Hoh on running behind Borderlescott and has claims but he is less likely to appreciate the extra furlong today. The vote then goes to David Brown's Doncaster Rover, who has shown improved form of late, will relish the underfoot conditions, is well drawn in stall one and he can resume winning ways.
Icelandic 10-3 (9-0) Held up towards rear, headway over 1f out, ridden to challenge inside final furlong, stayed on well, 2nd of 9, 1l behind Nota Bene (8-9) at Newmarket 5f cond Stakes (3) gd in Jul.
Beckermet (IRE) 10-1 (9-3) Pressed leader to just over 2f out, soon lost place, weakened, last of 7, 15l behind Ceremonial Jade (9-3) at Wolverhampton 7f Listed stks (1) pol in Mar.
Hoh Hoh Hoh 7-1 (9-0) Always prominent, ridden to lead inside final furlong, soon headed, not quicken, lost 2nd last strides, 3rd of 10, 1 1/4l behind Borderlescott (9-0) at Chester 5f Listed stks (1) gf in Jul.
Sohraab 14-1 (9-0) In rear, bumped over 4f out, switched right 1f out, ran on strongly inside final furlong, nearest finish, 4th of 10, 1 1/2l behind Borderlescott (9-0) at Chester 5f Listed stks (1) gf in Jul.
Strike The Deal (USA) 6-1 (8-13) 5th of 11, 1 1/2l behind Tiza (9-4) at Maisons-Laffitte(FR) 6f stk in Jul.
Tournedos (IRE) 20-1 (8-13) Slowly into stride, some late headway, never on terms with leaders, 12th of 19, 4 1/2l behind Judge 'n Jury (9-1) at Ascot 5f hcap (2) gf in Jul.
Doncaster Rover (USA) 6-1 (8-12) Towards rear, pushed along halfway, ridden 2f out, kept on to take 3rd close home, 3rd of 8, 2 1/2l behind High Standing (9-3) at Newbury 6f Grp 3 (1) sft in Jul.
Magic Cat 18-1 (9-3) With leaders, weakened over 2f out, last of 7, 21l behind Danehill Destiny (8-9) at Haydock 6f 3yo lst stk (1) gd in May.
Angus Newz 8-1 (8-9) Prominent, ridden to challenge over 1f out, soon weakened, 4th of 9, 4 1/2l behind Nota Bene (8-9) at Newmarket 5f cond Stakes (3) gd in Jul.
Carcinetto (IRE) 50-1 (8-11) Tracked leaders, pushed along over 4f out, weakening when pushed wide entering straight, last of 9, 18l behind Regal Parade (9-2) at Chester 7f Listed stks (1) gf in Jul.
City Dancer (IRE) 11-2 (8-11) Held up, switched left and headway over 1f out, soon ridden, every chance inside final furlong, held towards finish, 2nd of 10, 3/4l behind Sugar Free (8-11) at Ayr 5f fll lst stks (1) gf in Jun.