DISTANT MEMORIES is on the upgrade and can continue his good form despite the step up in class; Kingdom Of Fife joins Stimulation and Prince Siegfried on the list of dangers. With an official rating of 109, the selection may have a bit to do on official figures however this very progressive son of Falbrav is on the improve. He probably wants a drop of rain to be at his best and looks sure to get it so a bold bid is anticipated. Dream Lodge is perhaps more effective in handicap company, Kingdom Of Fife is not the quickest and may struggle again in this grade, whilst rain would suit Kings Destiny. He's a progressive handicapper who missed a recent engagement because of quick ground. Prince Siegfried ran a cracker in the Brigadier Gerard and must rate a big danger once again as he easily holds Poet and Peligroso on that run. Also of interest is Stimulation who has won here before over six furlongs. Hughie Morrison's gelding got to within three lengths of Byword in the Prince Of Wales's Stakes at Ascot and although that run might flatter him he is a Group Two winner and therefore of significant interest. The former Ger Lyons-trained Summit Surge has a first start in the UK for Luca Cumani today and is respected on his second to Pressing in Italy, however the nomination goes to Distant Memories.
Distant Memories (IRE) 11-4fav (9-13) Always prominent, raced keenly, led over 2f out, headed over 1f out, rallied under pressure to lead again well inside final furlong, gamely, won at York 1m 1f hcp 105 (2) gd in Jun beating Oratory (9-0) by 1/2l, 13 ran.
Dream Lodge (IRE) 20-1 (9-3) Held up mid-division, headway over 2f out, soon hard ridden, weakened approaching final furlong, 8th of 19, 7l behind Wigmore Hall (8-2) at York 1m 2f hcap (2) gf.
Kingdom of Fife 15-2 (9-7) Tracked leading trio on inside, challenged 2f out, soon led, ridden and kept on, headed over 1f out, no impression on winner inside final furlong, lost 2nd post, 3rd of 15, 2 1/2l behind Rainbow Peak (9-4) at Royal Ascot 1m 2f listed hcp 0-110 (1) gf in Jun.
Kings Destiny 4-1 (9-10) Chased leaders, ridden to lead over 1f out, headed 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 7th of 12, 4 1/2l behind Fiery Lad (9-8) at Epsom Downs 1m 2f hcp (2) gd in Jun.
Peligroso (FR) 17-2 (9-0) Tracked leader, ridden not quicken and lost 2nd over 1f out, faded inside final furlong, 7th of 8, 9l behind Stotsfold (9-0) at Sandown 1m 2f Grp 3 (1) gf in May.
Poet 12-1 (9-5) Tracked pace maker, effort and upsides 3f out, chased leader until over 2f out, weakened well over 1f out, 6th of 10, 15l behind Stotsfold (9-11) at Sandown 1m 2f Listed stks (1) gf.
Prince Siegfried (FR) 3-1fav (9-5) Held up tracking leading trio, challenged on outside 3f out, soon narrow lead, driven and pressed over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, found no extra and held final 100 yards, 2nd of 10, 1/2l behind Stotsfold (9-11) at Sandown 1m 2f Listed stks (1) gf.
Steele Tango (USA) 16-1 (9-5) Held up in last trio, headway over 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, never going pace to threaten leaders, 4th of 10, 6l behind Stotsfold (9-11) at Sandown 1m 2f Listed stks (1) gf.
Stimulation (IRE) 40-1 (9-0) Held up in 5th, ridden 2f out, stayed on same pace in 4th final furlong, 4th of 12, 2 3/4l behind Byword (9-0) at Royal Ascot 1m 2f Grp 1 (1) gf in Jun.
Summit Surge (IRE) 13-2 (9-7) 2nd of 10, 1l behind Pressing (9-11) at San Siro(ITY) 1m Grp 2 (1) gd in May.
Red Badge (IRE) 16-1 (9-4) In rear, headway over 1f out, never near leaders, 10th of 19, 7l behind Circumvent (9-7) at Newmarket 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gf.
Srda (USA) 10-1 (8-12) Always in last pair, ridden and struggling over 2f out, last of 7, 10l behind Virginia Hall (8-12) at Sandown 1m 3yo fll lst stsk (1) gf.