Le Toreador is capable of popping up at this level on his day and nearly did so at Goodwood in July. Last month's Newmarket winner Last Sovereign never really threatened off today's mark at Ascot last time but didn't fare badly and the likes of Ajjaadd, Silvanus and Seeking Magic all look high enough in the weights at present. Bathwick Bear has slipped down the handicap and produced a better effort last time but SWISS CROSS is back on a winning mark now and will find this easier than his latest third to Ballista in a conditions race over C&D. Phil McEntee's charge gets the nod.
New Planet (IRE) 9-1 (9-3) Led until halfway, weakened over 2f out, 12th of 13, 17l behind Grissom (8-12) at Hamilton 6f hcp 105 (2) hvy in Jul.
Swiss Cross 10-1 (8-9) Raced stands side, chased winner, ridden 2f out, stayed on final furlong, 3rd of 8, 3 1/2l behind Ballista (8-12) at Leicester 5f cond Stakes (3) gd.
Le Toreador 16-1 (8-13) Chased leaders, weakened well over 1f out, last of 19, 12l behind Tax Free (9-0) at York 5f hcp 105 (2) gf in Aug.
Last Sovereign 12-1 (8-13) Led, hard ridden over 1f out, soon hung right, headed inside final furlong, no extra, 4th of 15, 2 1/4l behind Kingsgate Choice (9-5) at Ascot 5f hcp 0-90 (3) gf.
Ajjaadd (USA) 14-1 (9-0) Good speed from wide draw to chase leaders on outside, ridden over 1f out, went well held 2nd inside final furlong, no impression when lost 2nd final 125 yards, weakened to to 4th towards finish, 4th of 14, 4l behind Edge Closer (8-13) at Sandown 5f hcp 0-95 (3) gf.
Silvanus (IRE) 20-1 (9-1) Chased leaders, ridden inside final 2f, one pace and no impression when not much room approaching final furlong, no extra soon after, 7th of 14, 6l behind Edge Closer (8-13) at Sandown 5f hcp 0-95 (3) gf.
Lexi's Hero (IRE) 8-1 (8-11) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 9th of 14, 7l behind Cheviot (9-7) at Haydock 5f hcp 0-100 (2) fm.
Seeking Magic 8-1 (9-4) Mid-division, ridden over 1f out, one pace, 8th of 16, 3 1/2l behind Amadeus Wolfe Tone (9-2) at Doncaster 6f hcp 0-90 (3) gd.
Master Rooney (IRE) 16-1 (8-8) Prominent, ridden and lost place over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 10th of 14, 8l behind Cheviot (9-7) at Haydock 5f hcp 0-100 (2) fm.
Taurus Twins 33-1 (8-5) Raced centre, in touch, weakening when hampered over 1f out, 20th of 21, 9l behind Taajub (8-10) at Ascot 5f hcp (2) gd in Jul.
Doctor Parkes 14-1 (8-7) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 5th of 14, 3l behind Cheviot (9-7) at Haydock 5f hcp 0-100 (2) fm.
Noodles Blue Boy 20-1 (9-0) Mid-division, effort over 1f out, faded inside final furlong, 11th of 19, 8l behind Even Stevens (8-12) at Doncaster 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Medici Time 33-1 (9-1) Chased leaders, weakened over 1f out, last of 16, 11l behind Amadeus Wolfe Tone (9-2) at Doncaster 6f hcp 0-90 (3) gd.
R Woody 8-1 (9-2) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, well beaten over 1f out, 20th of 23, 9l behind Time Medicean (8-1) at Goodwood 5f hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Jul.
Bathwick Bear (IRE) 7-1 (8-8) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, one pace, 3rd of 7, 1 3/4l behind Kyleakin Lass (9-2) at Ffos Las 5f hcp 0-95 (3) gs.