Mark Johnston is trying to strike while the iron is hot with Sir Graham Wade, who followed up his Goodwood success with a comfortable victory at Pontefract on Wednesday. He's collected an extra 6lb for that, however, and this is a very tough heat. Rosslyn Castle's form in the spring stands up to scrutiny and he beat last month's course winner Gabrial The Great by more than three lengths at Chester in May - Michael Bell's charge is 3lb worse off now. Gospel Choir beat Sun Central on his handicap debut at Ascot but Willie Haggas, who trained the second, should now know where he stands with STENCIVE through that one and it's the improving Newmarket winner who gets the nod as this may be too tough for the lightly-weighted Three Bards and Now My Sun, who was entered here last night.
Rosslyn Castle 7-1 (9-6) Switched left after start, held up last, good headway on wide outside over 2f out, led and edged left over 1f out, stayed on well, ridden out, won at Chester 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) sft in May beating Gabrial The Great (9-1) by 3 1/2l, 11 ran.
Sir Graham Wade (IRE) 11-10fav (9-0) Held up mid-division, headway over 2f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, kept on well, won at Pontefract 1m 4f hcp 0-95 (3) gf beating Edmaaj (9-11) by 4 1/2l, 8 ran.
Gabrial The Great (IRE) 5-6fav (8-13) Settled towards rear but in touch, took closer order over 3f out, led over 1f out, ran on well, won at Haydock 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) sft in Jul beating Repeater (9-7) by 1 3/4l, 5 ran.
Gospel Choir 4-1 (9-7) Held up in touch, headway and edging right when switched left inside final 2f, chased leader approaching final furlong, ridden to lead inside final furlong, stayed on, driven out, won at Ascot 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Jul beating Sun Central (9-5) by 1 1/4l, 11 ran.
Stencive 5-2fav (9-3) In touch, closed on leaders 3f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, ran on, won at Newmarket 1m 4f 3yo mdn (5) gf in Jul beating Dr Yes (9-3) by 2l, 10 ran.
Anjaz (USA) 11-4fav (9-4) Mid-division, headway 3f out, ridden to chase leaders, 2f out, kept on same pace, no impression from over 1f out, 6th of 12, 10l behind Maven (9-1) at York 1m 2f flls hcp 0-130 (3) gf in Jul.
Cresta Star 14-1 (9-0) Held up, always towards rear, 15th of 16, 17l behind Silver Lime (9-2) at Goodwood 1m 3f 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gd.
Three Bards (IRE) 2-1fav (9-7) Led over 1f, tracked leaders, not clear run and switched left over 1f out, led inside final furlong, edged right, ran on, won at Newmarket 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gf beating Silver Samba (8-13) by 2l, 11 ran.
Now My Sun 9-2 (9-0) Held up in rear, headway over 2f out, led over 1f out, ran on to clear inside final furlong, won at Haydock 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Jul beating Highland Duke (8-10) by 4 1/2l, 6 ran.