History suggests that those carrying nine stone and above are up against it which counts against some of the fancied runners although it wouldn't pay to be too dogmatic about the odd pound. SPEED TICKET makes a good deal of appeal with Keenes Day and Hendersyde keeping him company on the short-list. Friston Forest, Ajaan and Meshtri all have claims but could be stopped by the weight that they have to carry whilst Judgethemoment has been done no favours by the draw and looks worth opposing under a penalty following a tough race at Ascot. Keenes Day was behind that day but he travelled strongly and looked the likely winner in the straight before his stamina gave way. He wasn't given too hard a time when his chance had gone and he should finish closer this time around. Electrolyser is a potential improver now stepped up in trip whilst Hits Only Vic is only 4lbs higher than when winning at Haydock and should make his presence felt. Meethaq is interesting but far from certain to stay this far unlike Hendersyde and Speed Ticket who can boast similar profiles. Hendersyde is unbeaten this season and appeals as a horse to keep on side; he's been raised 7lbs for his Newmarket success but is heading in the right direction and ticks plenty of boxes. The selection has had just four career starts and has to prove his stamina but he's a son of Galileo out of a Kendor mare so could well find considerable improvement for the longer trip. He caught the eye on debut for Luca Cumani before winning his maiden and then joining his current yard. He had just the one start over hurdles before making the frame in competitive handicaps at Leopardstown and the Curragh which proves that he can handle the hurly burly of a big field. The quicker ground will also suit and Speed Ticket is taken to keep the trophy in Ireland for another year.
Friston Forest (IRE) 9-4fav (9-3) Tracked winner, headway to challenge over 2f out, ridden to lead narrowly well over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, rallied towards finish, just held, 2nd of 7, shd behind Caracciola (9-0) at York 1m 6f Listed stks (1) gf in May.
The Betchworth Kid 13-2 (9-1) Chased leaders, 4th early, 5th after 6f, ridden in 5th 2f out, no impression in 4th over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 5th of 7, 3 1/2l behind Hindu Kush (9-1) at Leopardstown 1m 6f Listed stks gd in May.
Mischief Making (USA) 7-2 (8-9) last of 9, 16l behind Flamingo Fantasy (9-0) at Baden-Baden(GER) 2m stk gd in May.
Ajaan 11-1 (9-0) Held up mid-division, headway and ridden over 2f out, kept on, held near finish, 2nd of 16, nk behind Daraahem (9-0) at Chester 2m 3f hcp (2) gf in May.
Meshtri (IRE) 15-8fav (8-13) Led, ridden and headed 2f out, kept pressing winner, lost 2nd final strides, 3rd of 12, 1 3/4l behind Desert Sea (8-13) at Kempton 2m hcp 0-105 (2) pol in Mar.
Hits Only Vic (USA) 28-1 (9-5) Held up, pushed along and headway over 3f out, led entering final furlong, driven out, won at Haydock 2m hcp 0-100 (2) gd in May beating Bollin Felix (8-11) by 3/4l, 15 ran.
Desert Sea (IRE) 14-1 (9-0) Led after 1f, headed after 2f, chased leaders, led again over 5f out, headed inside final furlong, one pace, 4th of 16, 2l behind Daraahem (9-0) at Chester 2m 3f hcp (2) gf in May.
Judgethemoment (USA) 13-2 (9-5) Held up in mid-division, switched sharply left over 3f out, headway over 2f out, led well over 1f out, stayed on well and always holding on towards finish, won at Royal Ascot 2m 4f hcp 0-95 (2) gf beating Sesenta (9-6) by 1/2l, 20 ran.
Electrolyser (IRE) 9-2fav (9-5) Prominent, pushed along when lost ground over 5f, headway 2f out, stayed on towards finish, 4th of 18, 5l behind Furmigadelagiusta (9-8) at York 1m 4f hcp 0-105 (2) gs in May.
Valentino Rossi (BRZ) 66-1 (9-10) Chased leaders, pushed along over 5f out, soon weakened and behind, tailed off, 19th of 20, well behind Judgethemoment (9-5) at Royal Ascot 2m 4f hcp 0-95 (2) gf.
Carte Diamond (USA) 25-1 (9-2) Always towards rear, weakened over 3f out, soon tailed off, 15th of 16, 34l behind Daraahem (9-0) at Chester 2m 3f hcp (2) gf in May.
Speed Ticket 6-1 (9-2) Held up, headway to 4th 2f out, ridden in close 3rd 1f out, kept on to challenge inside final furlong, just held, 2nd of 10, hd behind Sesenta (8-11) at Curragh 1m 4f hcap hvy in May.
Keenes Day (FR) 6-1fav (9-2) Raced wide in mid-division, steady headway 5f out, ridden to lead narrowly over 2f out, soon edged left and headed, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 20, 13l behind Judgethemoment (9-5) at Royal Ascot 2m 4f hcp 0-95 (2) gf.
Record Breaker (IRE) 14-1 (9-4) Behind, ridden and headway well over 2f out, strong run on outside over 1f out, stayed on well, not reached winner, 2nd of 17, 1 1/4l behind Drill Sergeant (9-7) at Royal Ascot 1m 4f hcp 105 (2) gf.
Som Tala 12-1 (9-8) Always prominent, pushed along 3f out, weakened final furlong, 5th of 20, 10l behind Judgethemoment (9-5) at Royal Ascot 2m 4f hcp 0-95 (2) gf.
Wells Lyrical (IRE) 4-1 (9-1) Tracked leader, led over 3f out, headed over 2f out and remained in touch, driven and kept on final furlong, 2nd of 9, 1/2l behind Downhiller (9-6) at Ripon 2m hcp 0-100 (2) gf in Apr.
Tilt 20-1 (9-1) Held up mid-division, headway over 2f out, led over 1f out, headed entering final furlong, kept on, 3rd of 15, 1 1/4l behind Hits Only Vic (9-5) at Haydock 2m hcp 0-100 (2) gd in May.
Hendersyde (USA) 10-3 (9-7) Held up in rear, headway over 2f out, led over 1f out, hung right and ran on well, won at Newmarket 1m 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in May beating Step This Way (9-0) by 2l, 8 ran.
Meethaaq (USA) 3-1 (8-7) In touch, led over 3f out, headed 2f out, driven over 1f out, rallied inside final furlong, 2nd of 7, 1 1/2l behind Dansili Dancer (9-3) at Doncaster 1m 4f hcp 0-100 (2) gf in May.
Buddhist Monk 17-2 (9-0) Held up, ridden and headway to chase leaders over 3f out, edged left over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 7, 7l behind Caracciola (9-0) at York 1m 6f Listed stks (1) gf in May.