Every reason to expect a big run from BONNIE CHARLIE and he gets the vote to land a competitive race. Our selection can be excused his one run in a handicap this term as softening ground may've been against him and he finished only one place behind Hawkeyethenoo, who has gone in since, and on his last run over this trip he looks well treated. At the other end of the handicap Smarty Socks is considered as a course-and-distance winner up 5lbs following a smooth York victory while Arteus remains progressive and could yet defy this mark. Opus Maximus is consistent but hides little from the handicapper, Aldermoor is held by that one while Beauchamp Xerxes needs to wake up but could do so now blinkers are tried. Rain may help Horatio Carter and along with Swift Gift and Decent Fella he's not discounted.
Axiom 33-1 (9-2) Raced far side, in rear, merged with center group over 4f out, never a factor, 14th of 19, 7l behind St Moritz (9-1) at Newmarket 7f hcap (2) gf in Jul.
Beauchamp Xerxes 40-1 (9-2) Held up towards rear, brief effort on outside over 2f out, weakened soon after, 16th of 19, 22l behind Sea Lord (8-9) at Goodwood 1m hcp (2) gf in Jul.
Spirit of Sharjah (IRE) 16-1 (9-1) Keen tracked leader, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, edged left 1f out, 11th of 15, 11l behind Al Khaleej (9-1) at Newmarket 7f hcp 105 (2) gs.
Bonnie Charlie 5-1 (8-13) Tracked leader, every chance over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 3rd of 5, 1l behind Vitoria (8-8) at Doncaster 6f cond Stakes (3) gd in Jul.
Swift Gift 10-1 (8-8) Mid-division stands side, switched towards centre and effort over 1f out, one pace final furlong, 13th of 21, 6l behind Castles In The Air (8-10) at Ascot 7f hcap (2) gd in Jul.
Dubai Dynamo 20-1 (9-9) Mid-division, outpaced over 2f out, never on terms, 9th of 10, 10l behind Set The Trend (9-7) at Ascot 1m hcp 0-100 (2) gd.
Horatio Carter 4-1 (9-8) Chased leaders, led over 2f out until over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 5th of 10, 5l behind Silver Rime (9-6) at Newcastle 7f hcp 0-95 (3) gs in Jul.
Opus Maximus (IRE) 9-2fav (9-7) Tracked leaders, challenged over 1f out, ridden and every chance insde final furlong, no extra towards finish, 3rd of 12, 1 1/4l behind Kyllachy Star (9-7) at Chester 1m hcp 0-95 (3) gs.
Arteus 7-2fav (9-6) Tracked leaders on inside, ridden to lead 1f out, stayed on to go clear final 50 yards, won at Warwick 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jul beating Peter Island (9-13) by 2l, 7 ran.
Decent Fella (IRE) 7-1fav (7-11) Chased leaders stands side, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace, no impression, 10th of 21, 5l behind Castles In The Air (8-10) at Ascot 7f hcap (2) gd in Jul.
Aldermoor (USA) 5-1 (9-3) Chased clear leader, ridden and led 2f out, headed and edged right inside final furlong, no extra, 5th of 10, 5l behind Ancient Cross (9-0) at Doncaster 7f hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Jul.
Smarty Socks (IRE) 4-1fav (10-0) Slowly away, in rear, pushed along over 3f out, soon reminder, headway over 2f out, led over 1f out, hung right inside final furlong, held on well, won at York 7f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Jul beating Zomerlust (10-0) by 1 1/4l, 16 ran.
Flowing Cape (IRE) 12-1 (9-12) Behind stands side, ridden over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, no impression, 7th of 17, 4l behind Rosko (9-3) at Ascot 7f ladys hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Jul.