Stresa was outclassed in the Sandringham at Ascot last time but the Haydock maiden winner will be more at home in this company. Bartack was beaten 11 lengths when odds-on favourtite at Brighton recently so the less-exposed Quest For More is preferred having opened his account at Windsor last month. AFRICAN OIL put a below-par effort behind him to score with something in hand at Bath on his latest start. Charlie Hills' charge gets the nod to follow up ahead of Dark Emerald, who has a shout dropping back down in class.
Dark Emerald (IRE) 7-1 (9-5) In touch towards rear, ridden over 1f out, not trouble leaders, 5th of 7, 7l behind Top Notch Tonto (9-5) at Newmarket 1m 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gf in Jul.
African Oil (FR) 3-1 (9-2) Steadied and held up last, niggled along halfway, ridden and headway 2f out, soon switched right and chasing leading pair, led approaching final furlong, soon in command, eased close home, won at Bath 1m hcp 0-80 (4) fm in Jul beating Take A Note (9-8) by 2 1/4l, 5 ran.
Stresa 25-1 (8-7) Led centre group until over 2f out, chased leaders, ridden 2f out, weakene dover 1f out, 16th of 26, 10l behind Annecdote (8-7) at Royal Ascot 1m 3yo Listed hcp (1) gf in Jun.
Bartack (IRE) 4-7fav (9-4) Tracked leaders, went 2nd over 4f out, ridden over 2f out, well held by winner over 1f out, 2nd of 3, 11l behind Sadiq (8-8) at Brighton 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) fm in Jul.
Big Whiskey (IRE) 9-2 (9-2) Chased leaders in 6th, headway on outer approaching straight and went 3rd under 2f out, soon ridden and no impression on winner final furlong, kept on one pace under pressure, 3rd of 7, 2 1/4l behind Rain God (9-7) at Leopardstown 7f App hcp gf in Jul.
Quest For More (IRE) 14-1 (8-13) Hampered slightly start, held up, not clear run over 2f out, headway over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, led close home, won at Windsor 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jul beating Aint Got A Scooby (8-12) by hd, 11 ran.
Fiducia 16-1 (9-5) Behind, headway over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, never going pace to reach leaders, 5th of 13, 2l behind Bold Ring (9-0) at Kempton 7f flls hcp (0-70) (3yo+) (5) pol in Jul.