Nicky Henderson has won this twice in recent years and CAPE EXPRESS looks to have a fine chance of adding to the tally. He's won a couple of times over 1m4f on the Flat but he arrives here having completed facile victories over hurdles and looks capable of a higher rating than 84. Veiled also represents Henderson and he could well provide the main threat. He was a long way behind Never Can Tell in the Cesarewitch in October but had earlier won the Ascot Stakes at the Royal meeting which is more a reflection of his form. Never Can Tell has run poorly in his two runs so far this season and though Orsippus should have no problems with the trip he's shot up the weights after scoring at Pontefract. Romeo Montague, a very good third to Simenon in the Queen Alexandra, scored over 2m back at Ascot subsequently though both runs were on soft ground. The lightly-raced Beyond is a promising stayer while those looking for an each-way shot could do worse than Irish raider Defence Of Duress, formerly with Tom Tate and reunited with Jamie Spencer, who was on board for his only success to date.
Swingkeel (IRE) 20-1 (9-5) Held up in rear, weakened well over 3f out, 17th of 18, well behind Simenon (9-2) at Royal Ascot 2m 6f stks (2) gd in Jun.
Hurricane Higgins (IRE) 33-1 (8-10) Mid-division, under pressure over 2f out, soon beaten, 8th of 15, 6l behind Number Theory (8-6) at Haydock 1m 4f hcp (4yo+) (2) sft in Jul.
Never Can Tell (IRE) 14-1 (9-2) Tracked leaders, driven over 3f out, lost place over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 11th of 12, 40l behind Mount Athos (10-0) at York 1m 6f listed hcp 0-110 (1) gd in Jul.
Veiled 9-1 (9-10) Raced wide held up, headway over 5f out, close up over 3f out, hung right over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 10th of 20, 12l behind Simenon (9-10) at Royal Ascot 2m 4f hcp 0-95 (2) gd in Jun.
Romeo Montague 4-1fav (9-11) Held up off the pace in 7th, steady headway on inside from over 3f out, went 3rd inside final 2f, chased leader over 1f out, led approaching final furlong, stayed on well, driven out and held on nearing finish, won at Ascot 2m hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Jul beating Martial Law (8-10) by 1/2l, 10 ran.
Sentry Duty (FR) 20-1 (9-10) Always in rear, bumped over 2f out, soon carried left, 18th of 20, 35l behind Simenon (9-10) at Royal Ascot 2m 4f hcp 0-95 (2) gd in Jun.
Nafaath (IRE) 40-1 (9-2) Towards rear, headway on outer over 1f out, stayed on final furlong, not troubled leaders, 3rd of 20, 7l behind Simenon (9-10) at Royal Ascot 2m 4f hcp 0-95 (2) gd in Jun.
Seaside Sizzler 50-1 (9-2) Mid-division, headway over 4f out, stayed on well over 1f out, never able to challenge, 6th of 18, 16l behind Simenon (9-2) at Royal Ascot 2m 6f stks (2) gd in Jun.
Cape Express (IRE) 3-1fav (9-4) Close up, ridden 3f out, headway to chase winner over 1f out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 7, 5l behind Star Commander (8-12) at Chester 1m 5f hcp 0-90 (3) gf in May.
Beyond (IRE) 10-1 (8-6) Tracked winner, ridden over 3f out, soon lost place, kept on same pace final 2f, no impression, 7th of 33, 13l behind Never Can Tell (8-11) at Newmarket 2m 2f hcp (2) gd in Oct.
Mica Mika (IRE) 12-1 (8-11) Held up behind, headway under pressure 3f out, ridden to chase leaders 2f out, kept on same pace, never on terms, 5th of 11, 8l behind Very Good Day (8-11) at York 2m hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Jul.
Wild Desert (FR) 8-1 (9-11) Held up mid-division, pushed along and headway over 3f out, kept on same pace, 5th of 9, 8l behind Moon Trip (8-3) at Beverley 2m hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jul.
Orsippus (USA) 4-1fav (8-8) Mid-division on outside, outpaced 3f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on under pressure inside final furlong, went 4th near finish, no impression, 4th of 11, 7l behind Very Good Day (8-11) at York 2m hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Jul.
Font 25-1 (9-5) Always rear-division, tailed off and eased final 3f, last of 19, well behind Hollins (8-10) at Goodwood 2m 5f hcp 0-95 (2) gd in Jul '11.
Cloudy Spirit 16-1 (8-11) In touch, weakened over 4f out, 13th of 18, 41l behind Simenon (9-2) at Royal Ascot 2m 6f stks (2) gd in Jun.
Trovare (USA) 85-40fav (10-6) Held up in last pair, switched right over 3f out, still plenty to do when went 2nd 2f out, went 2nd on inner inside final furlong, too much to do, 2nd of 6, 5l behind Courtesy Call (8-9) at Lingfield 2m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jul.
Gordonsville 25-1 (9-7) In rear, closed over 6f out, headway to chase leader over 3f out, ridden and every chance from over 1f out, keeping on one pace when slightly hampered inside final furlong, 3rd of 13, 1l behind Cape Rising (9-4) at Haydock 1m 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gs in Jul.
Saborido (USA) 15-2 (9-7) Raced wide in touch, closed on leaders over 7f out, soon tracked leaders, ridden 3f out, chased winner 2f out, stayed on towards finish, 2nd of 8, 3/4l behind Alfraamsey (8-10) at Folkestone 1m 7f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jun.
Defence Of Duress (IRE) 10-3 (8-7) Held up, ridden 3f out, no impression, 8th of 10, 11l behind Gulf of Naples (9-1) at Newmarket 2m hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Oct.
Akbabend 22-1 (9-11) Held up, never near leaders, 6th of 9, 12l behind Palio Square (9-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Oct '10.