Maarek, who has changed stables, won this a year ago and would have a fine chance of completing the double if getting away with the field but a slow start has ruined his prospects in recent races. He was a couple of lengths behind Cape Of Approval at Cork in June but with a 5lb pull should reverse the form with Tommy Stack's charge. Russian Soul has never been a prolific winner but is generally thereabouts at this level but it's ARTISTIC JEWEL who gets the nod. Ed McMahon's filly has really found her form this summer and completed a double in Listed company at Haydock and Pontefract. She should be good enough though Cristoforo Colombo is the fly in the ointment as he reverts to sprinting after failing to last the trip in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket.
Hitchens (IRE) 9-1 (9-7) Went left start tracked leaders, ridden and not quicken inside final furlong, 5th of 12, 2l behind Hallelujah (8-9) at York 6f Listed stks 3yo (1) gd.
Balmont Mast (IRE) (9-0) 4th of 11, 3 1/2l behind Lucky Nine (9-0) at Kranji(SNG) 6f Grp 1 (1) gd in May.
Cape Of Approval (IRE) 11-2 (9-9) Held up, headway into 3rd 1f out, ridden to dispute final 150 yards, asserted closing stages, kept on well, won at Cork 5f Listed stks (1) sft in Jun beating Maarek (10-0) by 1 3/4l, 7 ran.
Dandy Boy (ITY) 16-1 (9-7) Rider briefly hampered by hood thrown by rival leaving stalls, in rear, switched right 2f out and ridden between horses to go 5th over 1f out, kept on same pace into 4th final 150 yards, 4th of 7, 4l behind Slade Power (9-10) at Curragh 6f Grp 3 gd in Aug.
Farmleigh House (IRE) 8-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, effort over 1f out, soon ridden and no impression, 5th of 7, 3 1/2l behind Tropics (9-0) at Newmarket 6f Listed stks 3yo (1) gs in Aug.
Maarek 14-1 (9-4) Raced far side, held up in rear, headway over 1f out, plugged on same pace inside final furlong, never on terms, 9th of 18, 8l behind Lethal Force (9-4) at Royal Ascot 6f Grp 1 (1) gf in Jun.
Nocturnal Affair (SAF) 28-1 (9-5) Dwelt and in rear, ridden 2f out, no impression, 8th of 12, 3 1/2l behind Dutch Masterpiece (9-3) at Curragh 5f Grp 3 (1) gd in Aug.
Russian Soul (IRE) 6-1 (9-5) Rear of mid-division, ridden in 9th 2f out, close 7th 1f out, kept on without threatening final furlong, 3rd of 12, 3/4l behind Dutch Masterpiece (9-3) at Curragh 5f Grp 3 (1) gd in Aug.
Cristoforo Colombo (USA) 10-1 (9-0) In touch, outpaced over 2f out, driven and headway approaching final furlong, kept on towards finish, 5th of 13, 8l behind Dawn Approach (9-0) at Newmarket 1m 3yo Grp 1 (1) gf in May.
Rawaaq 2-1 (9-0) Held up, 7th halfway, pushed along in 6th 2f out, under pressure in 5th 1 1/2f out, no extra 1f out, kept on one pace, 7th of 9, 11l behind Just Pretending (9-0) at Leopardstown 1m 3yo fll Grp 3 (1) in May.
Scotland Forever (IRE) 20-1 (9-4) Led in centre until 3f out, edged left when merged with stands side group over 2f out, soon beaten, 13th of 14, 8l behind Rodrigo De Torres (9-12) at Hamilton 6f hcp 105 (2) gf in Jul.
Artistic Jewel (IRE) 8-1 (9-4) Tracked leader on rail, ridden to lead entering final furlong, ran on, won at Pontefract 6f fll lst stks (1) gf in Aug beating Minalisa (9-0) by 1 1/4l, 12 ran.
Boston Rocker (IRE) 4-1 (8-13) Settled behind leaders early, 5th halfway, ridden 2f out, no impression in 4th 1f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Russian Soul (9-7) at Tipperary 5f Listed stks (1) in Aug.
Scream Blue Murder (IRE) 20-1 (9-0) Mid-division, ridden in 8th 2f out, ran on without threatening final furlong, 6th of 12, 1 3/4l behind Dutch Masterpiece (9-3) at Curragh 5f Grp 3 (1) gd in Aug.