MASKED MARVEL beat subsequent Queen's Vase winner Namibian at Goodwood in May before finishing a highly creditable eighth in the Investec Derby at Epsom. That appears to give John Gosden's colt the edge over Solar Sky, who was second to Namibian at Royal Ascot, and makes him the one to beat here. Hurricane Higgins has hardly raised a gallop since finishing runner-up to stablemate Dordogne in the Lingfield Derby Trial but Census was second to the highly impressive Brown Panther at Ascot and looks a better bet than Zain Al Boldan and Crimson Knight.
Census (IRE) 6-1 (9-2) Held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, stayed on to 3rd inside final furlong, 2nd of 18, 6l behind Brown Panther (8-13) at Royal Ascot 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gs in Jun.
Crimson Knight 12-1 (8-11) Took keen hold, held up, headway over 3f out, chased leader approaching final 2f, led over 1f out, stayed on, driven out, won at Newmarket 1m 5f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Jun beating Starlight Walk (9-1) by 3/4l, 9 ran.
Hurricane Higgins (IRE) 20-1 (8-12) Dwelt, led after 1f until over 8f out, chased leader until over 4f out, soon weakened, tailed off, 8th of 10, 50l behind Nathaniel (8-12) at Royal Ascot 1m 4f 3yo Grp 2 (1) gs in Jun.
Masked Marvel 25-1 (9-0) Held up in mid-division on inside, good headway 5f out, forced wide on bend entering straight, disputing 4th over 3f out, soon ridden and gradually weakened from 2f out, beaten when hung left over 1f out, 8th of 13, 9l behind Pour Moi (9-0) at Epsom Downs 1m 4f 3yo Grp 1 (1) gf in Jun.
Solar Sky 9-2 (9-1) Mid-division, good headway on inside over 3f out, switched left to outside over 2f out, chased winner and edged right over 1f out, took narrow lead inside final furlong, headed and bumped close home, 2nd of 11, nk behind Namibian (9-1) at Royal Ascot 2m 3yo Grp 3 (1) gs in Jun.
Zain Al Boldan 8-1 (8-12) Never travelled in rear, headway to moderate 5th inside final furlong, never a factor, 5th of 12, 18l behind Banimpire (8-12) at Royal Ascot 1m 4f 3yo fll Grp 2 (1) gs in Jun.