Borderlescott won this in 2010 and has come out of retirement to try again. MASAMAH won it in 2011 and has bounced back to form having landed a tough Ascot handicap last time. He loves the track and trip and is taken to regain his crown. Swiss Spirit couldn't quite get to Kingsgate Native at Haydock but should turn the tables on the penalised winner though he didn't run as well at Royal Ascot. Jwala landed a Listed contest at York in good style and certainly deserves a crack at this level but the biggest threat may emerge from Tickled Pink, who would definitely have been the selection if the rain had stayed away as she looks a high-class sprinter on fast ground.
Kingsgate Native (IRE) 15-2 (9-9) Held up in last trio, pushed along and headway halfway, switched right inside final 2f, running on when not clear run and switched sharply left inside final furlong, ran on to take 2nd close home, unable to reach winner, 2nd of 7, 1l behind Tickled Pink (9-4) at Sandown 5f Grp 3 (1) gf in Jul.
Spirit Quartz (IRE) 11-2 (9-9) Held up in last trio on outside, pushed along halfway, no progress, ridden and beaten over 1f out, eased inside final furlong, last of 7, 6l behind Tickled Pink (9-4) at Sandown 5f Grp 3 (1) gf in Jul.
Borderlescott 20-1 (9-0) Chased leaders centre, effort 2f out to over 1f out, soon ridden, one pace final furlong, 6th of 9, 2 1/4l behind Jwala (8-9) at York 5f Listed stks 3yo (1) gf in Jul.
Definightly 10-1 (9-7) In touch 3f, soon weakened, last of 8, 27l behind Heeraat (9-3) at Newbury 5f hcp (2) gs in Apr.
Duke Of Firenze 3-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, in rear, hampered on inside over 1f out, headway and squeezed through on inside entering final furlong, stayed on but never going pace to get involved, 6th of 7, 3 1/2l behind Tickled Pink (9-4) at Sandown 5f Grp 3 (1) gf in Jul.
Elusivity (IRE) 25-1 (9-6) Tracked leaders stands side, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on same pace under pressure inside final furlong, no impression, 7th of 26, 5l behind York Glory (9-2) at Royal Ascot 6f hcp 0-110 (2) gf in Jun.
Justineo 7-4fav (8-9) Taken to post early, prominent, led after 2f, ridden and edged right approaching final furlong, ridden out, won at Newmarket 5f cond Stakes (3) gf in Jul beating Bern Me Baby (8-0) by 1 1/2l, 6 ran.
Masamah (IRE) 14-1 (9-2) Led near side group, led overall well over 1f out, ridden and edged left inside final furlong, ran on well, won at Ascot 5f hcp (2) gf in Jul beating Racy (9-0) by 1/2l, 19 ran.