Story Writer is less than straightforward but still managed to get his head in front here last time despite having dropped out of contention at one point. He looks set for another battle with runner-up Kashgar on similar terms. But THE QUARTERJACK arrives in fine form having won over today's trip at Bath before going in again at Salisbury last month and a hat-trick looks on the cards for Ron Hodges charge. Number One London has a shout if his stamina holds out but White Nile has failed to cope for a rise in the weights after winning at Kempton on his reappearance.
White Nile 25-1 (9-2) Held up towards rear, short-lived effort on wide outside over 2f out, never involved, 12th of 17, 17l behind Suegioo (9-4) at Chester 2m 3f hcp (4yo+) (2) gd in May.
Gabrial's King (IRE) 20-1 (9-6) Held up in rear, headway over 1f out, stayed on well closing stages, no chance with winner, 2nd of 10, 2 3/4l behind Swnymor (8-11) at Chester 1m 5f hcp 0-90 (3) gs in May.
Rhombus (IRE) 8-1 (9-1) Mid-division, tracked leaders over 3f out, ridden over 1f out, stayed on to take 3rd inside final furlong, no chance with front pair, 3rd of 9, 8l behind Al Saham (9-3) at Ascot 1m 4f hcp 0-95 (3) gs in May.
Sula Two 8-1 (9-5) Held up, headway 7f out, ridden and every chance over 2f out, stayed on one pace from over 1f out, well held by winner inside final furlong, 2nd of 6, 6l behind Tioga Pass (8-0) at Goodwood 1m 4f flls hcp 0-130 (3) sft in May.
Presto Volante (IRE) 7-1 (9-10) Held up towards rear, headway 3f out, soon driven along, edged right and plugged on into modest 4th inside final 2f, 4th of 13, 8l behind Story Writer (8-11) at Goodwood 2m hcp 0-85 (4) sft in May.
Palazzo Bianco 25-1 (8-3) Led, remained on far side when race split over 10f out and overall leader, headed over 4f out, weakened over 2f out, 6th of 9, 18l behind Van Percy (8-10) at Newmarket 1m 6f hcp 0-105 (2) gf in May.
Ashdown Lad 9-1 (8-12) Took keen hold, held up in 5th, effort on outside over 2f out, ridden 2f out, soon weakened, 7th of 8, 11l behind Chocala (9-3) at Ascot 2m hcp 0-90 (3) gs in May.
Kashgar 20-1 (8-12) Towards rear, headway into mid-division 12f out, sustained progress on outside and switched left over 3f out, led over 2f out, ridden and strongly pressed over 1f out, stayed on until no extra and headed close home, 2nd of 13, nk behind Story Writer (8-11) at Goodwood 2m hcp 0-85 (4) sft in May.
Story Writer 9-2 (8-11) Took keen hold tracking leaders in 5th, pushed along over 4f out, headway on outside over 3f out, went 2nd over 2f out, ridden to challenge over 1f out, stayed on under pressure inside final furlong to lead close home, won at Goodwood 2m hcp 0-85 (4) sft in May beating Kashgar (8-12) by nk, 13 ran.
Number One London (IRE) 7-1 (8-13) Tracked leaders on inside, pushed along 3f out, slightly hampered 2f out, outpaced over 1f out, ridden and kept on into 4th last strides, 4th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Starwatch (8-9) at Windsor 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in May.
Teak (IRE) 20-1 (8-11) Mid-division, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 4th of 9, 16l behind Perfect Heart (9-12) at Doncaster 2m hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Apr.
The Quarterjack 7-2 (8-5) Tracked leaders, smooth headway on wide outside 3f out, went 2nd entering final 2f, carried left over 1f out, switched right inside final furlong, stayed on to lead post, won at Salisbury 1m 6f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in May beating Ivanhoe (8-5) by shd, 7 ran.
Keep Kicking (IRE) 5-1 (9-7) Held up in 5th, driven 3f out, stayed on same pace final 2f, never troubled leaders, 4th of 6, 8l behind Dovils Date (9-7) at Lingfield 1m 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in May.