Richard Hannon's Angel's Pursuit is bound to be popular with backers following his winning reappearance at Newbury in this grade 15 days ago but he has a penalty to carry for that success and is unlikely to find this as easy so preference is for QUARREL, who gets the vote with Mister Manannan rated the best of the rest. The selection is trained by William Haggas and makes his reappearance today having shown decent form in three starts as a juvenile, winning his first two outings before being far from disgraced when a close third to Awzaan in the Group 2 Mill Reef Stakes at Newbury and, provided that he has trained on, he looks the one to beat. Henry Cecil's Corporal Maddox was very disappointing behind Angel's Pursuit at Newbury, while David Simcock's Layla's Hero has shown better form on a softer surface than this. The ground should be ideal for the David Nicholls-trained Mister Manannan, who should appreciate the return to this grade having been outclassed in a group 3 at Longchamp recently and he has every chance but a better bet looks to be Quarrel.
Angel's Pursuit (IRE) 11-1 (9-0) Held up tracking leaders, quickened to challenge over 1f out, led inside final furlong, driven out, readily, won at Newbury 6f 3yo Listed stks (1) gf beating Society Rock (9-3) by 1/2l, 6 ran.
Corporal Maddox 9-2 (9-3) Chased leaders, pushed along halfway, weakened over 2f out, last of 6, 19l behind Angel's Pursuit (9-0) at Newbury 6f 3yo Listed stks (1) gf.
Layla's Hero (IRE) (9-2) 4th of 6, 3l behind Too Nice Name (8-11) at Deauville(FR) 6f stk std in Mar.
Mister Manannan (IRE) 11-4fav (8-8) 7th of 10, 6l behind Marchand D'or (8-13) at Longchamp(FR) 5f Grp 3 (1) gd.
Khattaab (USA) 4-1 (8-12) Took keen hold, held up in touch, ridden 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 9, 4l behind Sir Parky (8-12) at Newmarket 7f 2yo Grp 3 (1) gf in Oct.
Quarrel (USA) 13-2 (9-1) Led, pushed along over 2f out, ridden and headed just inside final 2f, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 7, 2 1/4l behind Awzaan (9-1) at Newbury 6f 2yo Grp 2 (1) gf in Sep.
Reignier 18-1 (8-11) Went right start, chased leader, ridden 2f out, still every chance approaching final furlong, weakening when bumped final 100 yards, 4th of 8, 3l behind Society Rock (8-11) at Ascot 6f 3yo Listed stks (1) gd in Apr.
Bewitched (IRE) 12-1 (9-1) Settled behind leaders on stand side, smooth headway after halfway, led over 1f out, ridden inside final furlong and kept on well, won at Naas 6f 3yo ext hcp gd beating Mujaazef (9-3) by 2l, 15 ran.
Rainfall (IRE) 10-3 (8-12) Tracked leaders, ridden and headway to lead over 1f out, driven clear final furlong, comfortably, won at Thirsk 7f 3yo mdn (4) gd beating Fifty Moore (9-3) by 6l, 14 ran.