Three-year-olds have a good recent record in this so Our Channel, the only representative of the classic generation this year, must be worth a second look. He won the Derby Trial at Epsom on his reappearance and was second in a Grade 3 in the USA last month, though both those races were over 1m2f and he's been done no favours by the draw here. Russian Realm, Boomshackerlacker and Bronze Angel are others with a wide berth to overcome while Royal Hunt Cup third Steeler will struggle to grab a prominent early position from stall 17 while Captain Cat hasn't raced since landing a valuable event on the Polytrack in April, though has probably been laid out for this. VELOX was unlucky when finishing behind Red Avenger at Epsom in June but made no mistake when well backed at Sandown last month when Russian Realm was only fourth. He's gone up 9lb but is on the upgrade and should be thereabouts again. Mark Johnston has trained three of the last five winners and his Heavy Metal has come back to his best and can't be ignored while Magic City loves this track. Belgian Bill and Pastoral Player are well treated, though the latter is better over 7f and that his probably Horsted Keynes' best trip as well.
Captain Cat (IRE) 4-1 (9-5) Keen, towards rear, wide into straight 2f out, headway approaching final furlong, ridden to lead inside final furlong, ran on, won at Lingfield 1m cnd stks (4yo+) (2) pol in Apr beating Highland Knight (9-5) by 1 1/4l, 12 ran.
Steeler (IRE) 33-1 (9-6) Tracked leaders, went 2nd halfway, led over 2f out, ridden and headed inside final furlong, no chance with winner, lost 2nd final 100 yards, 3rd of 28, 2 1/2l behind Field Of Dream (9-1) at Royal Ascot 1m hcp (2) gf in Jun.
Horsted Keynes (FR) 7-1 (9-3) Held up towards rear, some late headway, never in contention, 15th of 29, 8l behind Heavy Metal (8-9) at Ascot 7f hcp (2) gd in Jul.
Boomshackerlacker (IRE) (8-11) 2nd of 9, 1/2l behind Roero (8-11) at Vichy(FR) 1m Listed stks (1) gs in Jul.
Heaven's Guest (IRE) 20-1 (8-12) Held up towards rear, headway over 1f out, ran on under pressure inside final furlong, finished well, nearest finish, 4th of 29, 1 1/2l behind Heavy Metal (8-9) at Ascot 7f hcp (2) gd in Jul.
Belgian Bill 6-1fav (9-2) Slowly into stride, behind most of way, 17th of 29, 10l behind Heavy Metal (8-9) at Ascot 7f hcp (2) gd in Jul.
Two For Two (IRE) 20-1 (8-12) Held up in touch, took keen hold, ridden and lost place over 2f out, well beaten over 1f out, last of 16, 22l behind Farraaj (9-11) at York 1m 2f hcp (2) gf in Jul.
Pastoral Player 25-1 (8-13) Always towards rear, 23rd of 29, 14l behind Heavy Metal (8-9) at Ascot 7f hcp (2) gd in Jul.
Velox 11-2 (8-0) Mid-division, driven and headway 2f out, chased leader on inside 1f out, switched left and ran on inside final furlong, led final 100 yards, kept on, won at Sandown 1m hcp (2) gf in Jul beating Ifwecan (8-0) by 3l, 13 ran.
Magic City (IRE) 7-2 (9-7) Steadied start, held up in rear, headway over 2f out, chasing leaders when switched right over 1f out, ran on, never reached winner, 2nd of 9, 1l behind The Rectifier (10-0) at Salisbury 1m hcp 0-100 (2) gf in Jun.
Bronze Angel (IRE) 9-1 (8-11) Held up in mid-division, headway near side over 2f out, weakened entering final furlong, 13th of 29, 7l behind Heavy Metal (8-9) at Ascot 7f hcp (2) gd in Jul.
Heavy Metal 33-1 (8-9) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 2f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, stayed on well final furlong, won at Ascot 7f hcp (2) gd in Jul beating Dont Bother Me (8-12) by 1l, 29 ran.
George Guru 9-1 (9-10) Towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on one pace, 6th of 12, 4l behind Sea Shanty (9-7) at Sandown 1m hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Jun.
Russian Realm 7-2fav (8-13) Towards rear of mid-division, headway on outside 2f out, ridden and effort over 1f out, chased leading pair inside final furlong, held when lost 3rd post, 4th of 13, 4 1/2l behind Velox (8-0) at Sandown 1m hcp (2) gf in Jul.
Red Avenger (USA) 12-1 (8-7) Mid-divison, headway 3f out, ridden 2f out, no impression from over 1f out, 11th of 16, 12l behind Farraaj (9-11) at York 1m 2f hcp (2) gf in Jul.
Fort Bastion (IRE) 33-1 (8-11) Held up towards rear, headway over 1f out, kept on under pressure inside final furlong, not reach leaders, 8th of 29, 4l behind Heavy Metal (8-9) at Ascot 7f hcp (2) gd in Jul.
Capo Rosso (IRE) 12-1 (9-9) Led, ridden and headed 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 15th of 18, 16l behind Bronze Angel (9-8) at York 1m hcp 105 (2) gf in Jul.
Our Channel (USA) 6-1 (8-9) Stalked, clear, missed, 2nd of 10, 1/2l behind Divine Oath (8-7) at Arlington(USA) 1m 1f 3yo Grp 3 gd in Jul.
Chosen Character (IRE) 16-1 (9-2) With leader, ridden over 1f out, soon weakened, last of 7, 8l behind Glory Awaits (9-2) at Chester 7f Listed stks (1) gf in Jul.
Askaud (IRE) 9-2 (8-6) Tracked winner, ridden over 2f out, no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 5, 6l behind Crowley's Law (8-7) at Leicester 7f flls cond stks (3) sft in Jun.