A fine renewal of this Listed race and Red Jazz, who usually takes on better opposition, will be fancied to repeat last year's victory despite failing to make much of an impression in a couple of runs in Dubai over the winter. PASTORAL PLAYER won a Group 3 over track and trip last summer and will be all the better for an outing at Ascot when he didn't really enjoy the run of race. He could come out on top today, though Gregorian is feared on his third in last year's St James's Palace Stakes and Set The Trend rarely runs a bad race when the ground is good or quicker. Eton Forever and Pintura are also capable in this grade but the three-year-old Emell may struggle.
Eton Forever (IRE) 3-1 (9-0) Mid-division, driven and headway 2f out, led 1f out, ridden clear when edged right inside final furlong, stayed on well, won at Redcar 7f Listed stks 3yo (1) sft in Oct beating Firebeam (9-0) by 2 1/4l, 9 ran.
Gregorian (IRE) 2-5fav (9-3) Tracked leading pair, led narrowly over 1f out, soon ridden, joined inside final furlong, battled out finish, beaten on the nod, 2nd of 4, shd behind Shamaal Nibras (9-0) at Salisbury 7f cond Stakes (3) hvy in Oct.
Pastoral Player 7-2 (9-0) Held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 7th of 8, 9l behind Fencing (9-0) at Ascot 1m Listed Stakes (4yo+) (1) gd.
Pintura 4-1 (9-0) Held up and always in rear, never on terms, 7th of 8, 9l behind Arnold Lane (9-0) at Thirsk 7f stks (3) gd in Apr.
Red Jazz (USA) 20-1 (9-0) last of 16, 23l behind Soft Falling Rain (8-9) at Meydan(UAE) 1m Group 2 sks (1) in Mar.
Set The Trend 9-1 (9-5) Held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, went 4th final stride, never nearer, 4th of 8, 3 1/2l behind Arnold Lane (9-0) at Thirsk 7f stks (3) gd in Apr.
Emell 4-1 (8-8) Held up, headway 2f out, ridden and stayed on to go 2nd towards finish, not pace of winner, 2nd of 10, 2 1/4l behind Garswood (9-0) at Newmarket 7f Listed Handicap (3yo) (1) gd in Apr.