Art Scholar is only a couple of pounds higher than when scoring over C&D last month but he has a bit to find to overturn Kempton running in June with Incendo. Silvery Moon has been in good form over a mile but didn't appear to stay when tried over this longer trip last year while Suits Me appears to be on a downward curve. Cool Macavity is probably still in the handicapper's grip, while Fulgur and Unex Michelangelo return from a break as does CONDUCT. It's almost two years since the latter saw a racecourse but Sir Michael Stoute clearly thinks he's worth persevering with and, very lightly-raced, it would be no surprise if he were to prove a bit better than this grade in time - the unbeaten five-year-old is given a tentative vote.
Fulgur 5-1fav (9-5) Steadied start, keen in rear, never near leaders, 9th of 15, 4l behind Barbican (9-7) at Ascot 1m 4f Handicap (Heritage) (3yo) (2) gd in Sep.
Conduct (IRE) 7-4fav (9-0) Switched left after start and held up towards rear, steady headway on outside over 3f out, went 2nd entering final 2f, driven top lead over 1f out, edged left inside final furlong, soon in command and stayed on well, won at Newbury 1m 2f hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Sep '10 beating Fanditha (9-4) by 2 3/4l, 16 ran.
Silvery Moon (IRE) 11-2fav (9-10) Chased leaders, ridden 3f out, effort and every chance over 1f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 12, 3 1/2l behind Anderiego (9-1) at York 1m hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Jul.
Suits Me 10-1 (9-2) Led, ridden over 3f out, headed over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 11, 29l behind Swiftly Done (9-1) at Newcastle 1m hcp 0-105 (2) hvy in Jun.
Unex Michelangelo (IRE) 9-2 (8-13) Held up in touch, weakened over 2f out, last of 6, 14l behind Goldoni (8-13) at Epsom Downs 1m 2f con stks (2) hvy in Apr.
Incendo 11-1 (9-4) Mid-division, headway over 3f out, went 2nd on bit iver 1f out, led inside final furlong, cheekily, won at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jun beating Australia Day (9-7) by 1/2l, 14 ran.
Cool Macavity (IRE) 12-1 (9-4) In rear, headway on outer entering final 2f, pressed winner 1f out, no impression and lost two places near finish, 4th of 13, 1 1/2l behind Ahzeemah (8-9) at Ascot 1m 2f hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Jul.
Tinshu (IRE) 20-1 (9-3) Towards rear, headway on inside entering final 2f, soon nowhere to go until inside final furlong, ran on strongly, not reach leaders, 3rd of 13, 1 1/4l behind Ahzeemah (8-9) at Ascot 1m 2f hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Jul.
Art Scholar (IRE) 9-1 (9-4) Held up towards rear, good headway near side over 2f out, chased leader 2f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, edged left near finish, just held on, all out, won at Doncaster 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Jul beating New Hampshire (9-3) by shd, 11 ran.
Calaf 10-1 (9-8) Held up in rear, headway over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, finished well but unable to reach leaders, 4th of 8, 4l behind Edmaaj (9-5) at Pontefract 1m 2f hcp 0-90 (3) sft in Jun.
Dhaular Dhar (IRE) 25-1 (8-13) Dwelt, in rear, ridden 2f out, never dangerous, 7th of 10, 13l behind Dubai Dynamo (10-0) at Ayr 1m hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Jul.