King Zeal has held his form remarkably well this term and keeps finding some sort of answer to the handicapper's questions, but with competition on for the lead he's taken on here in favour of COUNT CEPRANO. Jeff Pearce's gelding has been hit hard by the handicapper for winning three times at this trip of late but he's worth the latest 11lb rise and can go in again with conditions to suit. Mistoffelees is a couple of pounds higher than when well beaten at Ascot and unless this return to a left-handed track helps him massively the Cumani horse is opposable, with Marjury Daw a bigger threat. She's got work on with King Zeal off just 4lb better terms that when beaten by that horse earlier this term but the latter got an easy lead that day. Bavarica ties in closely with Marjury Daw and has a talented pilot on board so cannot be overlooked.
Bavarica 13-2 (10-9) Chased leaders, headway on outside to 3rd 2f out, ridden to chase winner over 1f out, kept on well towards finish, always held, 2nd of 11, 1/2l behind Maslak (10-4) at Windsor 1m 4f am hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Rosbay (IRE) 20-1 (8-12) Held up towards rear and keen, headway and edged left over 1f out, no impression, 8th of 14, 6l behind Signor Verdi (8-13) at Thirsk 1m hcp 0-90 (3) gf in Jul.
Marjury Daw (IRE) 7-2 (10-0) Soon tracked leader, led over 2f out, soon ridden and quickened over 1f out, headed final 100 yards, weakened and lost 2 places towards finish, 4th of 7, 2 1/4l behind Sunley Spinalonga (8-10) at Sandown 1m 1f flls hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jul.
Mistoffelees 5-4fav (8-7) Held up in rear, headway under pressure on outside over 1f out, pressing leaders inside final furlong, not pace of front pair, 3rd of 6, 2l behind Peintre D'argent (8-0) at Ascot 1m 4f app hcp (0-85) (4yo+) (4) gf in Jul.
More Than Many (USA) 8-1 (9-13) Mid-division, pushed along over 3f out, ridden 2f out, no real headway, never dangerous, 7th of 13, 5l behind Fadhb Ar Bith (9-11) at Carlisle 7f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Jul.
Ibrox (IRE) 6-1 (10-0) Held up, ridden and outpaced 5f out, kept on under pressure final 2f to go third towards finish, no chance with leading pair, 3rd of 6, 10l behind Dart (9-3) at Southwell 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Jan.
King Zeal (IRE) 4-1 (9-4) Slowly away, held up towards rear, not much room well over 1f out, soon switched right and headway, led inside final furlong, soon headed, no extra towards finish, 2nd of 10, 1/2l behind Starkat (10-0) at Haydock 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) gs.
Border Owl (IRE) 12-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders, went 2nd over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 9, 23l behind One Scoop Or Two (8-10) at Haydock 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Jul.
Count Ceprano (IRE) 5-2fav (8-6) Held up towards rear, rider lost irons and well recovered over 5f out, headway over 3f out, led well over 1f out, clear inside final furlong, ran on strongly, won at Redcar 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) fm in Jul beating Knight's Victory (9-7) by 6l, 8 ran.