Cap O'Rushes was in the the Irish Derby to ensure a good pace for the disappointing Libertarian but ended up staying on well for fourth. He has his first start for new Godolphin trainer Charlie Appleby here and is preferred to Saeed Bin Suroor's Secret Number. The latter finished virtually upsides with the front-running Elkaayed when a couple of lengths behind Remote at Ascot. John Gosden trains Remote and his EXCESS KNOWLEDGE looks to have leading claims in this after a third behind older and much higher rated horses at Sandown. He should relish today's longer trip and gets the vote. Havana Beat finished just ahead of Testudo when third at Newmarket last time but both have plenty to find in this company as does Spillway.
Cap O'rushes 66-1 (9-0) Chased leader and clear of the remainder, closed approaching straight, soon led, strongly pressed 2f out, headed 1 1/2f out, 3rd and no impression 1f out, kept on same pace, dropped to 4th near finish, 4th of 9, 4l behind Trading Leather (9-0) at Curragh 1m 4f 3yo Grp 1 (1) gf in Jun.
Elkaayed (USA) 8-1 (9-0) Led, hard pressed from over 2f out, headed over 1f out, faded final furlong, 5th of 12, 2 1/4l behind Remote (9-0) at Royal Ascot 1m 2f 3yo Grp 3 (1) gf in Jun.
Excess Knowledge 10-1 (8-8) Slowly into stride, soon recovered to mid-division, pushed along and unable to quicken over 2f out, stayed on from over 1f out, went 3rd final 100 yards and closed on 2nd, 3rd of 11, 1l behind Mandour (9-5) at Sandown 1m 2f Listed stks 3yo (1) gf.
Havana Beat (IRE) 5-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, ridden 3f out, not clear run over 1f out, switched left entering final furlong, not much room and stayed on to go 3rd near finish, 3rd of 8, 1/2l behind Feel Like Dancing (9-0) at Newmarket 1m 5f 3yo Grp 3 (1) gf.
Secret Number 20-1 (9-0) In touch, under pressure over 2f out, stayed on strongly inside final furlong, never troubled leaders, 4th of 12, 2l behind Remote (9-0) at Royal Ascot 1m 2f 3yo Grp 3 (1) gf in Jun.
Spillway 14-1 (9-0) Mid-division, headway over 1f out, not clear run approaching final furlong, never on terms, 10th of 18, 4 1/2l behind Elidor (9-0) at Royal Ascot 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gf in Jun.
Testudo (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) In touch, headway 2f out, soon chased leaders, ridden and stayed on one pace final furlong, 4th of 8, 1l behind Feel Like Dancing (9-0) at Newmarket 1m 5f 3yo Grp 3 (1) gf.