There's plenty of quality about these platers and none-more-so than with the Marwan Koukash-owned pair of King Torus and Marcret. Both would have been more than capable of winning this race at the peak of their powers and the latter landed the Huxley Stakes at the track last year. With absences and losses of form to overcome, it may be prudent to overlook them and our preference is for CLOCKMAKER. The seven-year-old had no answer to Dr Red Eye on his last visit to Chester but the form of his victory at Musselburgh was given a boost as the runner-up went on to be fifth in the Buckingham Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot. Toto Skyllachy should find this easier than the Royal Hunt Cup that he recently contested while Polar Kite and Elusive Hawk are regular winners against weaker opposition.
King Torus (IRE) 33-1 (9-13) In touch, ridden over 3f out, soon beaten, last of 16, 32l behind Danadana (10-0) at York 1m 2f hcp 105 (2) gf in Aug.
Marcret (ITY) 40-1 (9-5) Mid-division, under pressure over 2f out, soon no impression, 9th of 10, 10l behind Clockmaker (8-8) at Musselburgh 7f hcp 0-100 (2) gf.
Clockmaker (IRE) 12-1 (8-8) Always prominent, led over 1f out, soon challenged, held on gamely, won at Musselburgh 7f hcp 0-100 (2) gf beating Es Que Love (9-3) by 1/2l, 10 ran.
Toto Skyllachy 66-1 (8-6) Raced near side, chased leaders, ridden 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 24th of 28, 14l behind Belgian Bill (8-11) at Royal Ascot 1m hcp (2) gf.
Polar Kite (IRE) 6-1 (9-6) Held up in mid-division on inside, pushed along 3f out, effort on rails 2f out, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 13th of 14, 11l behind Magic City (8-11) at Goodwood 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in May.
Elusive Hawk (IRE) 33-1 (8-11) Chased leaders, went 2nd halfway until 2f out, chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 15, 9l behind Lucky Numbers (9-7) at Chester 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Minty Jones 16-1 (8-10) Took keen hold, chased leaders, weakened inside final 2f o, 7th of 9, 13l behind Queen Hermione (8-2) at Chepstow 6f mdn hcp 0-70 (5) gs.
Olynard (IRE) 33-1 (8-4) In touch on outside, ridden on outside and struggling over 2f out, 8th of 10, 9l behind Wyndham Wave (8-11) at Kempton 1m app hcp 0-60 (6) pol.