Ger Lyons is happy for BRENDAN BRACKAN to come here with a 3lb penalty after his very impressive victory at Galway on Tuesday. The assessor will hit him with much more than the 3lb extra he has to carry so he is taken to defy his big weight with the excellent Colin Keane's claim a major plus. Mark Johnston has won three of the last four of these and is triple-handed this time. Galician is likely to attract the most attention after victories in strong handicaps at Newbury and Ascot but Es Que Love, who was behind him last time, shouldn't be underestimated with Johnny Murtagh booked. Sirius Prospect had been plying his trade in pattern race company before landing a York handicap last week and a 3lb penalty shouldn't prevent another big effort and Set The Trend had also been competing at a high level before scoring at Haydock. Fire Ship had a bit of good fortune at Pontefract but is still a worthy contender here as the ground has come in his favour while Cape Peron and Wentworth both ran really well in the Britannia Handicap and are progressive types.
Brendan Brackan (IRE) 10-1 (9-6) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, headway in 3rd 3f out, challenged 2f out and soon led, ridden clear from over 1f out, kept on strongly, easily, won at Galway 1m hcp in Jul beating Brog Deas (9-1) by 9l, 18 ran.
Boom And Bust (IRE) 20-1 (9-2) Led, ridden over 1f out, battled on well when strongly pressed soon after, headed inside final furlong, not pace of leading duo in closing stages, stayed on well for 3rd, 3rd of 10, 1 1/4l behind Garswood (8-9) at Goodwood 7f Grp 2 (1) gs in Jul.
Sirius Prospect (USA) 11-2 (9-12) Mid-division, driven and headway over 2f out, every chance over 1f out, led inside final furlong, stayed on well, won at York 7f hcp 105 (2) gf in Jul beating Smarty Socks (9-8) by 1 1/4l, 10 ran.
Sandagiyr (FR) 33-1 (9-3) Raced near side, chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, soon weakened, 17th of 28, 6l behind Belgian Bill (8-11) at Royal Ascot 1m hcp (2) gf in Jun.
Es Que Love (IRE) 9-1 (9-1) Led near side group, headed inside final 2f, chased winner until inside final furlong, stayed on, lost 3rd in group close home, 9th of 29, 4 1/2l behind Galician (8-12) at Ascot 7f hcp (2) gf in Jul.
Field Of Dream 12-1 (9-3) Raced far side, held up in last pair, good headway over 1f out, strong run to 3rd in group final 50 yards, not quite pace of principals near side, 5th of 29, 3l behind Galician (8-12) at Ascot 7f hcp (2) gf in Jul.
Set The Trend 5-2 (9-9) With leader, led narrowly 4f out, ridden and headed narrowly over 1f out, rallied to regain lead inside final furlong, kept on, won at Haydock 7f cond Stakes (3) gf in Jul beating Magic Destiny (8-10) by 1 1/2l, 4 ran.
Two For Two (IRE) 10-1 (8-11) Towards rear, headway on outer over 1f out, soon ridden, kept on, 6th of 15, 2 1/2l behind Forgotten Voice (9-2) at Royal Ascot 1m 2f listed hcp 0-110 (1) gf in Jun.