Nine of the last ten favourites have won this though finding the market leader this time is no easy matter. Sir Ector came to the race a year ago in excellent form but couldn't cope with the odds-on Dabadiyan. He faces similar opposition this time and is better over further these days. El Salvador is rated 3lb lower than MANALAPAN but has to concede 5lb, which should hand the initiative to Patrick Prendergast's colt, who has been consistent enough in Listed company since completing a double in strong handicaps at this time last summer. He should just about have the edge on the Ballydoyle entry, whose best run this season was when runner-up to Pique Sous in the Queen Alexandra Stakes at Ascot and who has won a couple of minor races already this month.
El Salvador (IRE) 4-7fav (11-0) Raced in 4th before improving into 2nd after 6f, challenged and disputed from 4f out, ridden to lead from 2f out and kept on well inside final furlong, won at Killarney 1m 6f am stks (4yo+) gd beating Fire Fighter (10-7) by 3/4l, 8 ran.
Manalapan (IRE) 28-1 (9-9) Led early, 3 lengths clear after 4f, reduced advantage 4f out, ridden and challenged under 2f out, headed just over 1f out, no extra, 2nd of 7, 2l behind Pale Mimosa (9-4) at Leopardstown 1m 6f Listed stks (1) gf.
Sir Ector (USA) 22-1 (9-6) Towards rear, some headway on inside over 2f out, never near leaders, 11th of 19, 19l behind Angel Gabrial (8-12) at Newcastle 2m hcp (2) gf in Jun.