FINJAAN is taken to get the better of Flashmans Papers and Spin Cycle. The Royal Applause colt was very impressive on debut when wearing his owner's second colours but getting the better of the more experienced first string. Ouqba has gone on to prove that he is a fair sort with victory in a Newmarket novice stakes whilst the selection took second behind Icesolator in a Listed race at Sandown. He didn't really settle that day and may not have been entirely home on the soft ground but can show his true colours this afternoon. John Best came within a whisker of taking this prize last year and has another strong contender in Flashmans Papers, but he has been held up last twice and that tactic could be fraught with danger with 15 runners due to go to post here. He was finishing fastest of all in the Norfolk Stakes but was still a length and a half adrift of South Central and Spin Cycle at the line. Spin Cycle reopposes here and has to be feared but he too was held up at Ascot and he could find all manner of traffic problems from stall two if ridden in the same manner here. Not a race to be dogmatic about with so many open to improvement but Finjaan should be capable of giving us a big run for our money.
Art Preview (USA) 9-4 (9-3) Tracked leaders, chased leader halfway, led inside final furlong, ran on, won at Lingfield 5f 2yo mdn (5) pol in Jun beating Timeteam (9-3) by 3l, 8 ran.
Bonnie Charlie 4-1 (9-3) Soon tracking leaders going well, led 1f out, shaken up and ran on well, won at Windsor 5f 2yo mdn (5) gs in Apr beating Miss Chamanda (8-12) by 2l, 10 ran.
Effort 9-2 (8-12) Hampered start, held up mid-division, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 7, 6l behind Classic Blade (8-12) at Newmarket 6f 2yo Grp 2 (1) gs.
Finjaan 2-1fav (9-0) Settled behind, raced keenly, headway on outer approaching final furlong, kept on to go 2nd inside final furlong, not trouble winner, 2nd of 7, 1 1/2l behind Icesolator (9-5) at Sandown 5f 2yo lst stk (1) sft in May.
Flashmans Papers 10-1 (9-1) Settled in rear, headway over 2f out, switched left well over 1f out, stayed on well inside final furlong to close on leaders near finish, 4th of 11, 1 1/2l behind South Central (9-1) at Ascot 5f 2yo Grp 2 (1) gf in Jun.
Global City (IRE) 1-3fav (9-3) Taken to post early, broke well, made all, pressed 2f out, shaken up, soon in command, ridden out, won at Yarmouth 5f 2yo mdn (5) gf beating Green Poppy (8-12) by 4 1/2l, 4 ran.
Icesolator (IRE) 12-1 (9-1) Restless in stalls, behind, ridden, no real headway when not much room over 1f out, 13th of 18, 13l behind Art Connoisseur (9-1) at Ascot 6f 2yo Grp 2 (1) gf in Jun.
Light The Fire (IRE) 10-3 (9-2) In touch on rail, switched left and led just over 2f out, edged right over 1f out, stayed on well, driven out, won at Sandown 5f 2yo lst stk (1) gf beating April Pride (8-11) by 3/4l, 7 ran.
Noverre To Hide (USA) Noverre colt, half-brother to winning sprinter Hunt The Bottle.
Rievaulx World 8-13fav (9-2) Made all, quickened over 1f out, driven out, won at Redcar 5f 2yo hcp (4) gf beating Simple Rhythm (8-10) by 6l, 5 ran.
Spin Cycle (IRE) 7-1 (9-1) Steadied start, settled rear, headway 2f out, chased winner 1f out, ran on strongly final 100 yards and gaining, just failed, 2nd of 11, hd behind South Central (9-1) at Ascot 5f 2yo Grp 2 (1) gf in Jun.
Thunderous Mood (USA) 25-1 (9-1) Front rank on outside, ridden 2f out, weakened quickly, last of 18, 24l behind Art Connoisseur (9-1) at Ascot 6f 2yo Grp 2 (1) gf in Jun.
Jargelle (IRE) 20-1 (8-6) Made all, hard pressed and kept on gamely final furlong, just held on, won at Newbury 5f 2yo aut (2) gd beating Infamous Angel (7-13) by a shd, 23 ran.
Mrs Kipling (IRE) 5-1 (8-12) Mid-division, ridden and effort over 2f out, soon under pressure and weakened, last of 8, 5l behind Please Sing (8-12) at Newmarket 6f 2yo fll Grp 2 (1) gs.
White Shift (IRE) 7-1 (9-0) Led until headed just over 2f out, soon weakened, 6th of 7, 5l behind Light The Fire (9-2) at Sandown 5f 2yo lst stk (1) gf.