A 6lb penalty for his win at Windsor at the beginning of the month makes this more difficult for Gloucester and Michael Scudamore's gelding may have to settle for minor honours in a race taken to go to SALOON, who gets the vote ahead of Sinbad The Sailor. The John Hills-trained gelding is another that carries a penalty, having won well in a 1m2f handicap at Brighton on Sunday and he has to be respected but may not appreciate the step up to 1m4f. Andy Crook's All In The Red has run well in his last two starts and should be thereabouts again, while Masterofceremonies has struggled of late and looks a doubtful stayer. Stringsofmyheart ran better at Chepstow last time and has slipped to a fair mark so cannot be discounted if able to reproduce a similar level of form off what seems a fair mark. Preference though is for Jane Chapple-Hyam's Saloon, who has transferred his improved form on the Polytrack through to turf with a decisive win at Goodwood last time. A 7lb rise for that success is perfectly fair and Saloon can win again.
Saloon (USA) 9-4 (9-1) Held up in rear, headway on inside over 2f out, ridden to challenge over 1f out, led just inside final furlong, stayed on well and ridden clear, won at Goodwood 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in May beating Cossack Prince (9-4) by 3l, 7 ran.
All In The Red (IRE) 9-2 (8-13) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, one pace and no impression final furlong, 7th of 9, 5l behind Dechiper (8-11) at Newcastle 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Gloucester 11-4fav (8-12) Held up, headway over 3f out, chased leader over 1f out, led soon after, ridden out, won at Windsor 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) gf beating Spirit of Adjisa (9-4) by 1l, 9 ran.
Sinbad The Sailor 7-2 (9-7) Led, pushed along and headed just over 3f out, stayed chasing leader, led again 1f out, stayed on under pressure, driven out, won at Brighton 1m 2f hcp 0-65 (6) gd beating Mick Is Back (9-5) by 1 1/4l, 7 ran.
Stringsofmyheart 4-1 (9-3) Held up, headway on inside over 3f out, ridden and every chance inside final furlong, no extra close home, 3rd of 7, 1l behind Party Palace (8-4) at Chepstow 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) gd in May.
Masterofceremonies 20-1 (8-4) Slowly into stride, held up behind, stayed on from over 1f out, nearest finish, 5th of 9, 4 1/2l behind Sirvino (9-8) at Ayr 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in May.