Rothesay Chancer continues to defy the handicapper and has now won three times under Gary Bartley. Jim Goldie's gelding seems sure to run his race again, despite another career-high mark, but may just find MUFFRAAJ too strong in the closing stages. He drops down a grade after finishing fifth at Newmarket but didn't get much of a run at HQ and caught the eye here in May when just touched off by subsequent winner King Ferdinand. From his low draw, he looks the one to beat. Top weight Louis The Pious is in good heart and can't be discounted but the lightly-weighted Hoover looks worth opposing from a wide berth. Layla Jamil is also drawn wide but could improve for the drop back to 6f.
Louis The Pious 9-1 (8-13) Raced wide in touch, ridden over 2f out, headway and edged left over 1f out, led inside final furlong, stayed on, won at Pontefract 6f 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gf in Jun beating Jade (8-11) by 1/2l, 7 ran.
Muffraaj 5-1 (8-6) Hel up, ridden 2f out, not pace to challenge, 5th of 8, 3 1/2l behind Steps (9-0) at Newmarket 5f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gs in Jun.
Layla Jamil (IRE) 6-1 (8-11) Led, brought field to stands rail over 3f out, ridden and headed 1f out, edged left from rail soon after, weakened well inside final furlong, 5th of 6, 1 1/2l behind My Son Max (8-11) at York 7f Stakes (0-80) (3-4yo) (4) gd in Jun.
Penny's Pearl (IRE) 28-1 (9-0) Awkward start, held up, ridden 2f out, headway when not much room over 1f out, not clear run entering final furlong, switched left and ran on, 4th of 9, 1 1/4l behind Barkston Ash (9-3) at Warwick 6f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Rothesay Chancer 9-4fav (9-3) Held up, ridden 2f out, headway entering final furlong, driven and ran to lead post, won at Newcastle 5f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gs in Jun beating Rylee Mooch (8-11) by 1/2l, 8 ran.
Strictly Pink (IRE) 14-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, every chance over 1f out, no extra well inside final furlong, 7th of 9, 2 1/4l behind Barkston Ash (9-3) at Warwick 6f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Lady Paris (IRE) 3-1fav (9-6) Dwelt, in touch, headway when not clear run over 1f out, no chance after, 6th of 7, 4 1/2l behind Berberana (9-5) at Musselburgh 5f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Oct.
Captain Kolo (IRE) 11-2 (9-0) Towards rear, headway and 4th over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 7, 3 1/2l behind Azzurra Du Caprio (9-7) at Doncaster 6f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jun.
Ballinargh Girl (IRE) 16-1 (9-5) Held up, not clear run 2f out, headway and switched right over 1f out, hampered inside final furlong, never able to challenge, 5th of 7, 2 3/4l behind Gottcher (9-7) at Haydock 5f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Twice Red 2-1fav (9-6) Slowly into stride, pushed along in last, ridden 2f out, kept on final 100 yards, never nearer, 4th of 6, 4l behind Royal Bajan (8-11) at Wolverhampton 5f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jun.
Whipphound 10-1 (9-0) In rear, ridden over 2f out, headway over 1f out, kept on, 5th of 9, 1 1/4l behind Barkston Ash (9-3) at Warwick 6f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Cruise Tothelimit (IRE) 33-1 (8-1) Chased leader, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 11, 5l behind Duchess Dora (9-3) at Chester 5f hcp 0-90 (3) sft in Jun.
Hoover 8-1 (9-2) Took keen hold, chased winner 2f, stayed on to 2nd again close home, no chance with winner, 2nd of 8, 3l behind King Ferdinand (9-7) at Kempton 6f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jun.
Crucis Abbey (IRE) 14-1 (8-11) Mid-division, troubled passage and lost place on inside fom over 4f out, hampered over 2f out, no impression after, 9th of 14, 7l behind Isingy Red (9-4) at Chester 1m 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gs in Jun.