Last year's winner Finjaan and the admirable Lord Shanakill may fare best of the older brigade, but the classic generation have accounted for six of the last 10 winners of this and we'll take RED JAZZ to enhance that record by beating fellow three-year-old Air Chief Marshal. The latter has returned to form in winning his last two starts and should be competitive stepped back up in grade but preference on this occasion is for Red Jazz. The Barry Hills-trained colt impressed when landing the European Free Handicap on his return and has acquitted himself well since. When last seen he took second to subsequent Group Two winner Premio Loco and the month break to freshen up is taken as a positive. Finjaan is unbeaten in two starts at the track including a victory in this last year but Balthazaar's Gift was only half a length back and doesn't have to concede weight-for-age this time. Dalghar is interesting at a price as a late-developing type who ran as well as could've been expected when ahead of Cat Junior at Royal Ascot. This drop back in trip will suit and he could sneak under the radar. Main Aim is a likeable horse who is at his best over seven furlongs but he looks just a shade short of Group Two class along with Lovelace, who has gone well here in the past. Riggins travelled beautifully in the Royal Hunt Cup and won on his only try here so couldn't be totally ruled out despite having a bit to do at the weights but in all likelihood Lord Shanakill will provide a bigger threat. Henry Cecil's charge took a while to master Dunelight at Chester and is 3lbs worse off but we expect him to frank that form in running a big race, although preference is for Red Jazz.
Balthazaar's Gift (IRE) 66-1 (9-5) Raced far side, in rear, outpaced over 2f out, never nearer, 8th of 14, 6l behind Starspangledbanner (9-5) at Newmarket 6f Grp 1 (1) gf.
Cat Junior (USA) 50-1 (9-0) Raced alone and wide 2f, joined field in touch, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 10, 27l behind Goldikova (8-11) at Royal Ascot 1m Grp 1 (1) gd in Jun.
Dalghar (FR) 14-1 (9-0) Held up in touch, effort 2f out, no impression on winner from over 1f out, 5th of 10, 6l behind Goldikova (8-11) at Royal Ascot 1m Grp 1 (1) gd in Jun.
Dunelight (IRE) 5-1 (9-5) Led, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on, readily held by winner, 2nd of 6, 3/4l behind Lord Shanakill (9-2) at Chester 7f Listed stks (1) gf.
Finjaan 10-1 (9-0) 8th of 16, 5l behind Joy And Fun (9-0) at Meydan(UAE) 6f Grp 3 (1) gf in Mar.
Forgotten Voice (IRE) 9-2 (9-1) Dwelt, headway to track leaders over 6f out, ridden to led over 2f out, edged left and headed inside final furlong, short of room soon after, no extra, 5th of 8, 8l behind Premio Loco (9-1) at Ascot 1m Grp 2 (1) gf.
Lord Shanakill (USA) 8-13fav (9-2) Held up in touch, improved on outside to go 2nd 2f out, shaken up to lead inside final furlong, ran on, readily, won at Chester 7f Listed stks (1) gf beating Dunelight (9-5) by 3/4l, 6 ran.
Lovelace (9-2) 3rd of 11, 1/2l behind Joanna (8-10) at Longchamp(FR) 7f stk sft.
Main Aim 12-1 (9-4) Raced far side, chased leaders until driven over 2f out, soon weakened, 21st of 24, 12l behind Starspangledbanner (9-4) at Royal Ascot 6f Grp 1 (1) gf in Jun.
Riggins (IRE) 12-1 (9-0) Raced far side, held up towards rear, not clearest of runs 2f out, good headway over 1f out, weent 2nd final 100 yards, closed on winner near finish, not quite get up, 2nd of 29, 1/2l behind Invisible Man (8-9) at Royal Ascot 1m hcp (2) gf in Jun.
Air Chief Marshal (IRE) 5-1 (9-0) Chased leader in 2nd, improved to lead halfway, ridden and kept on well from over 1f out, won at Curragh 7f Grp 3 (1) gd beating Duff (9-12) by 1 3/4l, 9 ran.
Red Jazz (USA) 13-8fav (8-8) Led 2f, tracked leader until led again 2f out, ridden and hung right 1f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on, 2nd of 7, 3/4l behind Premio Loco (9-11) at Newmarket 7f Grp 3 (1) gf in Jun.