Chant dead-heated for first at Carlisle last time and that form looks stronger than the recent victory of Choral Prince at Kempton. Rex Whistler could only manage third at Haydock on his latest start but this looks no tougher. However, there are doubts about his stamina over today's longer trip and DUKE OF YORKSHIRE is preferred. He got every yard of the 1m4f when beaten less than a length at Beverley and Declan Carroll's charge looks set to make the most of his slide down the weights in this. Darakti's two recent victories came in a seller and an amateur event over track and trip last month and he'll find this tougher.
Choral Prince (IRE) 8-1 (9-5) Steadied start, held up in rear, good headway over 2f out, chased leading pair over 1f out, went 2nd 1f out, soon challenging, led final 110 yards, kept on well, won at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol beating Ebony Roc (8-13) by nk, 9 ran.
Chant (IRE) 4-1 (9-4) Tracked leader, ridden over 1f out, led narrowly entering final furlong, kept on and joined post, won at Carlisle 1m 3f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gf deadheating with Spats Colombo (8-2), 8 ran.
Rex Whistler (IRE) 11-2 (9-3) Towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, ran on final furlong, not reached leaders, 3rd of 13, 1 3/4l behind Tajheez (9-7) at Haydock 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gs.
Grayswood 12-1 (8-5) Took keen hold, chased leading trio, pushed along and not quicken 2f out, riddena nd weakened over 1f out, last of 8, 7l behind Interior Minister (9-3) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Gabrial The Thug (FR) 4-1 (8-2) Towards rear, ridden 3f out, kept on under pressure final furlong, not troubled leaders, 4th of 8, 13l behind Tuscan Fun (8-6) at Haydock 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) gd.
Duke Of Yorkshire 9-1 (9-4) Held up towards rear and keen, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on towards finish, 4th of 11, 3/4l behind Bain's Pass (9-4) at Beverley 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) gf.
Lady Margaeux (IRE) 8-1 (8-11) Tracked leaders in 3rd, reminder over 3f out, ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong, last of 5, 15l behind Corton Lad (8-9) at Hamilton 1m 1f Stakes (0-70) (3-4yo) (5) gf.
Darakti (IRE) 25-1 (8-4) Close up, ridden over 3f out, weakened 2f out, 6th of 8, 14l behind Chocala (9-7) at Nottingham 1m 6f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) sft in May.
Inovate (IRE) 16-1 (8-12) Tracked leaders, headway over 3f out, led briefly over 2f out, soon ridden, lost place 1f out, no extra, 8th of 16, 8l behind Man From Seville (9-1) at Redcar 1m 6f 3yo mdn hcp 0-65 (6) gf in May.
Santa Fe Stinger 100-1 (8-9) Slowly into stride, outpaced over 2f out, never on terms, 6th of 9, 20l behind Power of Light (9-0) at Newcastle 1m 2yo stks (5) gd in Sep.