Despite the presence of Frankie Dettori on board Louis The Pious, it would be no surprise if the improving LIGHTNING CLOUD proved the pick of Kevin Ryan's pair and he gets the nod in a competitive handicap as a 3lb rise for a solid second at Ascot in July seems fair. White Frost is unbeaten this year but has gone up a further 6lb for his latest success at Newmarket and this is a better race. Roninski just scraped home at Catterick last time and may also be in the handicapper's grip now, while Sacrosanctus is probably best watched with his stable struggling for winners at present. The lightly-weighted Sea Soldier should be thereabouts, however, and makes more appeal than Firebeam who may find the ground too lively. Shesastar won well at York last month but would also probably prefer a softer surface, though Jamie Spencer is 2-2 on David Barron's filly.
Firebeam 6-4fav (10-0) Tracked leader, led over 1f out, headed approaching final furlong, kept on, 3rd of 10, 3 1/2l behind Morache Music (9-6) at Ascot 6f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gs in Aug.
Trade Storm 14-1 (9-7) Dwelt in touch, headway to track leaders over 4f out, ridden 2f out, one pace final furlong, 6th of 8, 5l behind White Frost (8-2) at Newmarket 7f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gf in Aug.
Johnny Castle 11-2 (9-6) Chased leading pair, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, not much room inside final furlong, eased, 11th of 12, 14l behind Chilled (8-13) at Sandown 7f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Jul.
White Frost (IRE) 7-2fav (9-3) Tracked leader, led 3f out, hung left entering final furlong, ridden out, won at Newmarket 7f 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) sft in Aug beating My Freedom (9-7) by 1 3/4l, 10 ran.
Mawaakef (IRE) 5-1 (9-3) Led, stuck to far rail and niggled along over 2f out, strongly pressed over 1f out, narrowly headed inside final furlong, kept on without matching winner, 2nd of 5, 1 3/4l behind Coprah (9-3) at Killarney 1m stks gd in Jul.
Fred Willetts (IRE) 50-1 (9-2) Led, ridden and headed 3f out, weakened final furlong, 8th of 10, 8l behind White Frost (9-3) at Newmarket 7f 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) sft in Aug.
Lightning Cloud (IRE) 7-1 (9-11) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, soon chasing leaders, stayed on strongly, never reached winner, 2nd of 20, 3l behind Captain Ramius (10-2) at Ascot 7f ladys hcp 0-90 (3) gs in Jul.
Louis The Pious 8-1 (8-5) In rear, ridden and headway entering final furlong, ran on, not reach leaders, 3rd of 17, 1 1/4l behind Bertiewhittle (7-12) at Newmarket 6f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gd in Aug.
Rigolleto (IRE) 7-1fav (8-12) Chased leaders, ridden 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 12th of 15, 14l behind Directorship (9-5) at Newbury 7f hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Aug.
Sacrosanctus 9-1 (9-5) Awkwardly away, soon led, made most after, ridden over 1f out, edged left under pressure inside final furlong, kept on, just held on, won at Newmarket 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Aug beating Quasi Congaree (9-10) by nk, 13 ran.
Roninski (IRE) 5-2 (9-0) Raced wide, held up in mid-division, very wide into straight over 2f out, ridden and headway over 1f out, pressed leader 1f out, driven to lead final strides, won at Catterick 7f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Aug beating Fast Shot (9-5) by shd, 8 ran.
Shesastar 5-1fav (8-7) Held up in rear well off the pace, switched right over 2f out, good headway over 1f out, led inside final furlong, ran on, comfortably, won at York 7f fll hcp (2) gs in Aug beating Sioux Rising (9-4) by 1 1/2l, 17 ran.
Sea Soldier (IRE) 9-2 (8-2) Led after 1f, ridden over 2f out, headed over 1f out, still every entering final furlong, ran on, 3rd of 8, 1 1/4l behind White Frost (8-2) at Newmarket 7f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gf in Aug.
Levitate 8-1 (7-10) Tracked leaders, ridden halfway, outpaced over 1f out, soon switched right, stayed on inside final furlong, 7th of 17, 4 1/2l behind Bertiewhittle (7-12) at Newmarket 6f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gd in Aug.
Catalyze 6-1 (9-3) Taken to post early, tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened 1f out, 11th of 15, 13l behind Conciliatory (9-7) at Brighton 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Aug.