It was a modest heat in which Stroll On finished second at Bath last month but Persian Bolt wasn't beaten far on heavy ground over course and distance three runs ago and hasn't been disgraced since. Sleipnir was running well on the Polytrack at the start of the year but hasn't transferred that form to Turf. MATRAVERS appears to have much more scope than his rivals and a big improvement is expected now he goes handicapping. Sir Michael Stoute's colt is a confident selection as Heska has an absence to overcome and Charmy Dukesse hasn't progressed as expected this year.
Charmy Dukesse (IRE) 20-1 (9-0) In touch, effort over 2f out, soon weakened, last of 11, 17l behind Lady Tiana (8-11) at Nottingham 1m fll hcp (5) gd in Apr.
Heska (IRE) Evensfav (8-11) Held up in touch, effort 2f out, no impresssion until stayed on under pressure towards finish, 3rd of 8, 1/2l behind Sheacheval (8-6) at Lingfield 1m 2yo sell stks (6) pol in Nov.
Matravers 20-1 (9-2) Held up mid-division, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened, 8th of 12, 16l behind Lacan (9-2) at Nottingham 1m mdn stks (5) gd in Jun.
Persian Bolt (USA) 6-1 (9-1) Took keen hold tracking leaders, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 7, 5l behind Dorraar (9-1) at Salisbury 7f flls hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jun.
Sleipnir 8-1 (9-5) Held up, closed over 4f out, driven 2f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 5th of 6, 1 3/4l behind Ocean Legend (9-13) at Brighton 7f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jun.
Stroll On (IRE) 5-1 (9-0) Chased leading pair, pushed along halfway, ridden edged left and went 2nd over 1f out, never able to challenge, 2nd of 4, 2 3/4l behind Picks Pinta (8-9) at Bath 6f 3yo stk 0-70 (5) fm in Jun.