Rex Imperator is only 4lb higher than when winning this last year but would have preferred an easier surface. It looks like the handicapper now has a grip on course and distance winner Ashpan Sam while York Glory has been out of sorts this year. Stablemate Blaine has a penalty for last month's hard-fought success at Hamilton and Sir Maximilian also carries extra after winning a competitive affair at the Curragh. Others with an additional 6lb for recent victories are Discussiontofollow and Muthmir, though the latter still looks fairly treated and should be prominent against the far rail. Intrinsic, who beat Ashpan Sam here in May, may yet have more to offer but we're expecting a big run from SEEKING MAGIC with the stands' rail to help. He gets little respite from the handicapper but was desperately unlucky at Epsom in June and won the consolation race on this card 12 months ago when starting from a similarly high berth. Hoodna and Joey's Destiny could be the pick of the remainder.
Rex Imperator 40-1 (9-6) Raced stands' side, tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, weakened and eased final furlong (6th of six), last of 13, 33l behind Slade Power (9-6) at Newmarket 6f Grp 1 (1) gs in Jul.
York Glory (USA) 8-1 (9-1) In rear, hampered entering final furlong, no impression, last of 9, 12l behind Take Cover (9-1) at York 5f Listed stks (1) gf in Jul.
Alben Star (IRE) 4-1fav (9-11) Towards rear early, soon tracked leaders near side, 6th halfway, not clear run 2f out and soon lost place, soon switched right, no impression inside final furlong, stayed on well closing stages, 4th of 23, 1 1/2l behind Line Of Reason (8-3) at Curragh 6f hcp gf in Jun.
Ashpan Sam 15-8fav (10-0) Led over 2f, chased leader until 2f out, weakened over 1f out, eased when no chance inside final furlong, 8th of 10, 14l behind Fairway To Heaven (8-12) at Windsor 6f hcp 105 (2) gs in Jun.
Ruwaiyan (USA) 7-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, driven and outpaced 2f out, ridden over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, went 2nd towards finish, not reach winner, 2nd of 6, 3/4l behind Danzeno (8-10) at Newcastle 6f Grp 3 (1) gf in Jun.
Shropshire (IRE) 13-2 (9-10) Raced near side, held up in rear of group of five, switched left inside final 2f, headway and squeezed through over 1f out, ran on to 4th final 120 yards, 4th of 14, 2 1/4l behind Sir Reginald (8-10) at Doncaster 6f hcp 105 (2) gs in Sep.
Ninjago 8-1 (9-3) Raced near side, held up, headway over 1f out, kept on same pace and no impression final furlong, 13th of 28, 7l behind Baccarat (9-2) at Royal Ascot 6f hcp 0-110 (2) gf in Jun.
Hallelujah 22-1 (9-1) Chased leaders, pushed along over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 12, 5l behind Music Master (9-4) at Newbury 6f Grp 3 (1) gd in Jul.
Blaine 6-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, pushed along over 2f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, held on well, won at Hamilton 6f hcp 105 (2) gf in Jul beating Tatlisu (8-9) by nk, 13 ran.
Sir Maximilian (IRE) 11-1 (9-6) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, ridden in 3rd over 1f out and progress to lead 75 yards out, kept on well, won at Curragh 5f hcp gf in Jul beating Caspian Prince (9-11) by 1l, 16 ran.
Seeking Magic 12-1 (8-10) Raced near side, took keen hold chasing leaders, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, weakened final 100 yards, 11th of 28, 6l behind Baccarat (9-2) at Royal Ascot 6f hcp 0-110 (2) gf in Jun.
Arnold Lane (IRE) 10-1 (9-12) Mid-division, pushed along over 1f out, soon weakened, 5th of 12, 5l behind Kimberella (9-1) at Chester 6f hcp 105 (2) gf in Jul.
Hoodna (IRE) 12-1 (9-2) Slowly away, soon in touch, ridden 3f out, every chance over 1f out, ran on, 3rd of 13, 1l behind Heaven's Guest (9-3) at Newmarket 7f hcp (2) gs in Jul.
Clear Spring (IRE) 9-1 (10-0) Mid-division, ridden 2f out, weakened final furlong, 10th of 12, 11l behind Tatlisu (8-11) at Newcastle 6f hcp 0-100 (2) gf in Jun.
Boomerang Bob (IRE) 11-4fav (9-10) Towards rear, ridden over 1f out, kept on final furlong, 3rd of 12, 3 1/2l behind Kimberella (9-1) at Chester 6f hcp 105 (2) gf in Jul.
Flyman 16-1 (9-4) Tracked leaders far side, driven and lost place 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 22nd of 25, 25l behind Gabriel's Lad (9-8) at Ascot 7f hcp (4yo+) (2) gs in May.
Discussiontofollow (IRE) 10-1 (8-10) Raced centre, held up towards rear, good headway from 2f out, joined near side group well over 1f out, ridden to lead group and overall 100 yards out, just held on, all out, won at Ascot 5f hcp (2) gf in Jul beating Milly's Gift (8-7) by hd, 18 ran.
Muthmir (IRE) 4-1fav (8-13) Not much room start, soon in touch, smooth headway 2f out, ridden to challenge 1f out, led inside final furlong, ran on well towards finish, won at York 6f hcp 105 (2) gf in Jul beating Goldream (9-2) by 1 1/2l, 19 ran.
Ballesteros 16-1 (9-2) Mid-division, badly hampered over 1f out, soon weakened, last of 17, 22l behind Demora (8-8) at Musselburgh 5f hcp (4yo+) (2) sft in Jun.
Fairway To Heaven (IRE) 22-1 (8-12) Slowly into stride, behind, good headway near side rail over 1f out, strong run inside final furlong, led final 50 yards, won going away (hand timed), won at Windsor 6f hcp 105 (2) gs in Jun beating Gamesome (9-0) by 1l, 10 ran.
Expert (IRE) 8-1 (9-7) Prominent, driven to challenge over 2f out, stayed on same pace final furlong, 6th of 12, 3 1/2l behind Eastern Impact (8-11) at Newmarket 6f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gf in May.
Joey's Destiny (IRE) 7-2 (9-6) Tracked leaders, ridden to lead inside final furlong, kept on well, won at Nottingham 6f hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Jun beating Run With Pride (8-11) by 1 1/2l, 7 ran.
Zero Money (IRE) 33-1 (8-8) Raced wide in centre group, outpaced in rear and never travelling, always behind, last of 18, 17l behind Discussiontofollow (8-10) at Ascot 5f hcp (2) gf in Jul.
Barracuda Boy (IRE) 10-3fav (9-12) Prominent, ridden over 2f out, lost place over 1f out, 9th of 10, 7l behind Taurus Twins (8-12) at Nottingham 5f hcp 0-100 (2) gf in Jul.
Intrinsic 9-4fav (9-4) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, went 2nd over 1f out, edged left and ran on inside final furlong, led post, won at Goodwood 6f hcp 105 (2) sft in May beating Ashpan Sam (9-12) by hd, 10 ran.
Borderlescott 14-1 (9-9) Led 1f, chased leaders, outpaced over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 5th of 10, 2 1/2l behind Line Of Reason (9-9) at York 5f hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Jul.
Bear Behind (IRE) 11-2 (8-11) Taken to post early, led, ridden and headed 2f out, weakened final furlong, 7th of 9, 8l behind Justice Day (8-10) at Haydock 6f cond Stakes (2) gs in Jul.
Mar Mar (IRE) 7-1 (9-11) Prominent, led halfway, ridden 2f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra, 4th of 10, 1 1/2l behind Athenian (9-9) at Newmarket 6f flls hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Jul.