A runner-up in last year's renewal, Chosen Character can take up his preferred front-running role from a low draw and should figure. Alejandro carries a heavy burden dropping down in class after winning at York while Dr Red Eye returned to form with victory at Epsom last time and remains well weighted on past form at the track. My Single Malt and Mishaal are recent winners upped in class while Knight Owl failed to cope with a 6lb rise at Newbury last time. Sir Guy Porteus could figure if back to his best but DEAUVILLE PRINCE hinted at a return to form in better company at Ascot last time. Tom Dascombe's charge gets a speculative vote dropped in class for this.
Alejandro (IRE) 15-2 (9-4) Led 2f, with leader, led again over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, stayed on when strongly pressed inside final furlong, just held on, won at York 7f hcp 105 (2) gf in Jul beating Alfred Hutchinson (8-13) by nk, 10 ran.
Chosen Character (IRE) 16-1 (9-2) With leader, ridden over 1f out, soon weakened, last of 7, 8l behind Glory Awaits (9-2) at Chester 7f Listed stks (1) gf in Jul.
Deauville Prince (FR) 100-1 (9-0) Prominent, ridden over 2f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 11th of 28, 6l behind Louis The Pious (9-4) at Royal Ascot 7f hcp 105 (2) gf in Jun.
Clockmaker (IRE) 100-1 (8-8) Towards rear, well behind over 2f out, last of 29, 26l behind Heavy Metal (8-9) at Ascot 7f hcp (2) gd in Jul.
Apostle (IRE) 3-1fav (9-3) Led and set steady pace, quickened 3f out, driven over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on same pace, lost 2nd last strides, 3rd of 8, 2 1/4l behind King Torus (9-3) at Doncaster 7f stks 0-90 (3) gf in Jul.
Sir Guy Porteous (IRE) 16-1 (9-2) Led until over 2f out, soon ridden and lost 2nd 2f out, weakened quickly over 1f out, 10th of 11, 21l behind Mange All (8-8) at Ascot 1m 3yo hcp (2) gd in Jul.
Postscript (IRE) 2-1fav (10-0) Chased leaders, led narrowly 3f out, joined 2f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, lost 2nd inside final furlong, no extra and lost 3rd towards finish, 4th of 7, 2l behind Take A Note (9-7) at Chepstow 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jul.
Verse Of Love 8-1 (8-9) Always towards rear, 11th of 12, 10l behind Kimberella (9-1) at Chester 6f hcp 105 (2) gf in Jul.
Dr Red Eye 9-2 (9-8) Made all, ridden over 2f out, ran on, won at Epsom Downs 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jul beating Shifting Star (8-12) by 1 1/4l, 8 ran.
Knight Owl 7-2fav (9-7) Held up towards rear, headway and switched right 3f ochased leaders over 2f out, ridden and one pace in 4th when hung left over 1f out, no impression, 4th of 12, 6l behind Ree's Rascal (8-13) at Newbury 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gs in May.
Unsinkable (IRE) 14-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders, ridden when weakened 2f out, last of 5, 19l behind Sound Advice (9-10) at Ayr 1m hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Jul.
Piceno (IRE) 8-1 (9-0) Set strong pace, headed inside final furlong, no extra, 2nd of 14, 2l behind Dubai Dynamo (9-9) at Chester 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Jun.
Mishaal (IRE) 7-2 (9-7) Made all, ridden and ran on final furlong, unchallenged, won at Carlisle 1m clm stks (5) gd in Jul beating Naoise (9-4) by 6l, 4 ran.
My Single Malt (IRE) 9-2 (9-8) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, led well inside final furlong, kept on, won at Chester 1m ldy hcp (4) gf in Jul beating Cara's Request (9-9) by nk, 13 ran.