A P McCoy has already won twice on Chalk It Down and keeps the partnership intact as Warren Greatex's charge returns from a short break. Iguacu was clearly suited by the step up in trip at Stratford as he won by 16 lengths. This is a hotter contest, however, while McCoy could presumably have ridden Mr Shantu if he'd been inclined. HAWKHILL usually races in much better company and is back on a winning mark. He gets the nod today as Lucky Landing has been struggling to get his head in front lately and Parc Des Princes is also on a bit of a losing run.
Hawkhill (IRE) 15-2 (10-6) Pressed leader, led after 3 out, headed before next, no extra last, 7th of 13, 28l behind Purple Bay (10-11) at Market Rasen 2m 1f Listed hcp hdl (1) gs in Jul.
Lucky Landing (IRE) 9-2 (11-12) Tracked leaders, effort 4 out, driven 2 out, one pace approaching last, no chance with leaders flat, 4th of 5, 14l behind Sedgemoor Express (11-1) at Worcester 2m hcp chs 0-140 (3) gf in Jul.
Chalk It Down (IRE) 11-10fav (11-8) Mostly tracked leader, slight peck 4th, led before 3 out until hit 3 out and headed, rallied to regain lead 2 out, headed before last, about 1 length down and driven when left in clear lead at the last, last, driven out, won at Bangor 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in May beating Fantasy King (11-12) by 8l, 9 ran.
Mr Shantu (IRE) 3-1fav (11-11) Led, headed 5 out, ridden before last, regained lead run-in, kept on and headed last 75 yards, lost 2nd towards finish, 3rd of 7, 2 1/2l behind Get It On (11-7) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Jul.
Iguacu 7-1 (11-0) Held up in rear, raced keenly, headway 3 out, went 2nd before next, led approaching last, soon clear, won at Stratford 2m 3f nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs in Jul beating Exitas (11-11) by 16l, 8 ran.
Parc des Princes (USA) 11-1 (11-5) Always towards rear, 7th of 9, 38l behind Solway Sam (9-10) at Perth 3m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Jul.