Not one favourite has won this in the nine renewals of which Brian Meehan has won three. He's represented this time by MUSTADEEM and he caught the eye in no uncertain terms behind Adaay here last month and can improve enough to beat some smart-looking rivals. Richard Hannon runs three with Estidhkaar and St Brelades Bay both making very promising debuts in strong maidens. Grigolo showed good speed at Haydock and the likely quicker ground will definitely be in his favour while Flying Machine can put his experience to good use in what should be a very informative contest.
Estidhkaar (IRE) 5-4fav (9-5) Slowly into stride, off the pace towards rear, pushed along and headway on outside halfway, shaken up and stayed on from over 1f out, went 2nd final 150 yards, no chance with unchallenged winner, eased final 50 yards, 2nd of 7, 4l behind Portamento (9-5) at Goodwood 6f 2yo mdn (4) sft in May.
Fitzwilliam Sixties Icon colt out of Canadian Capers.
Flying Machine (IRE) Evensfav (9-5) Off the pace in 5th, headway chasing leaders over 1f out, went 2nd inside final furlong, stayed on but not reach winner, 2nd of 9, 1/2l behind Jersey Bull (9-2) at Ripon 6f 2yo mdn (5) gd in May.
Grigolo 7-1 (9-5) Led, ridden and headed 2f out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 6, 3l behind Red Icon (9-5) at Haydock 6f 2yo mdn (5) sft in May.
Hawkmeister (IRE) Mastercraftsman colt out of Lake Ladoga.
Laidback Romeo (IRE) Kodiac colt out of Belmora.
Mustadeem (IRE) 20-1 (9-5) Slowly into stride, held up in mid-division, pushed along over 2f out, stayed on final furlong, never dangerous, 7th of 16, 5l behind Adaay (9-5) at Newbury 6f 2yo mdn (4) gd in May.
Noble Master Sir Percy colt out of Eurolinka.
St Brelades Bay (IRE) 8-1 (9-5) Behind, driven 2f out, headway 1f out, driven and stayed on inside final furlong, not reach leaders, 4th of 8, 2 1/2l behind Moonraker (9-2) at Ascot 5f 2yo mdn (3) gs in May.
Western Playboy (IRE) 20-1 (9-5) Chased leading pair, hung left from 2f out, soon ridden, outpaced over 1f out, kept on again inside final furlong, 6th of 9, 3 1/2l behind When Will It End (9-5) at Brighton 6f 2yo mdn (5) gf.
Raspberry Ripple Camacho filly out of Cinnamon Tree.