Our Jonathan has won at Group 2 and Group 3 level and the ground has turned in his favour again. Despite top weight, he's entitled to go close in this grade though David Simcock also runs Chester third Gramercy and gives him a set of blinkers to help him concentrate. Swendab and Elusive Hawk both arrive in form but are taking on better opposition today and the latter has a penalty to carry. Clear Spring also has to shoulder 6lb extra after scoring at Ripon but Top Cop could appreciate the drop back to 6f and Cruise Tothelimit has been knocking on the door. PALACE MOON often pops up when least expected and hinted at a revival at Newmarket earlier this month. He's been dropped a further 2lb since so gets a tentative vote.
Our Jonathan 33-1 (9-4) Mid-division far side, lost place 2f out, soon behind, last of 26, 32l behind York Glory (9-2) at Royal Ascot 6f hcp 0-110 (2) gf in Jun.
Clear Spring (IRE) 16-1 (9-7) Raced near side and prominent, went 2nd in group 2f out, led well over 1f out, overall leader inside final furlong, ran on well, won at Ripon 6f hcp (2) gd beating Mehdi (9-4) by 1 1/4l, 20 ran.
Thunderball 50-1 (8-6) Raced near side, chased leaders, ridden and hung right towrads far side group from 2f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 6th of 20, 6l behind Baccarat (8-9) at Ripon 6f hcp (2) gd.
Al's Memory (IRE) 25-1 (9-0) Towards rear, pushed along halfway, never a factor, 8th of 10, 21l behind Hitchens (9-7) at Chester 6f Listed stks 3yo (1) gd.
Palace Moon 16-1 (9-7) Raced far side, chased leader, ridden and every chance over 1f out, kept on same pace, 5th of 13, 2 1/2l behind Elusive Flame (9-6) at Newmarket 6f hcp 0-95 (3) gf.
Gramercy (IRE) 4-1 (9-7) In touch on inner, switched right 3f out, soon chased leaders, effort entering final furlong, kept on one pace, 3rd of 11, 2 3/4l behind Tellovoi (8-10) at Chester 1m hcp 0-95 (3) gd.
Swendab (IRE) 5-6fav (9-12) Driven forward and soon led, pushed along over 2f out, hung left over 1f out, ran on strongly, won at Yarmouth 5f hcp 0-80 (4) gf beating Sleepy Blue Ocean (9-5) by 2 1/4l, 5 ran.
King Of Jazz (IRE) 8-1 (9-4) Raced far side, always towards rear, last of 13, 9l behind Elusive Flame (9-6) at Newmarket 6f hcp 0-95 (3) gf.
Al Khan (IRE) 12-1 (8-13) Rear of mid-division, never a factor, kept on one pace in straight, 10th of 18, 6l behind Tobann (9-3) at Leopardstown 7f hcp gd.
Top Cop 6-1 (9-8) Close up, ridden over 2f out, headway to chase leader over 1f out, one pace final furlong, 3rd of 7, 2 3/4l behind Gracious George (8-7) at Sandown 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Cruise Tothelimit (IRE) 8-1 (9-7) Led, ridden 2f out, ran on well, headed and not pace of winner close home, 2nd of 11, nk behind Noverre To Go (9-12) at Brighton 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gd.
Tarooq (USA) 14-1 (8-1) Chased leader, pushed along halfway, hampered 2f out, stayed on same pace, 5th of 20, 3 1/2l behind Tropics (9-10) at York 6f hcp 105 (2) gf in Jul.
Elusive Hawk (IRE) 11-2 (9-5) Made all, clear 1f out, kept on well, won at Ffos Las 6f hcp 0-75 (5) sft beating Belle Bayardo (9-4) by 2 3/4l, 5 ran.