Admirable Duque beat Passion Play by four lengths over this trip at Newbury two weeks ago but the runner-up is 6lb better off now and there may not be much to choose between the pair today. FLASHMAN is starting to come down the weights and, dropped in distance and class here, could be the one to beat as the weights are fairly compacted and he is only conceding 11lb to bottom weight Sancho Panza, who has more to do than when winning at Yarmouth. Porcini, Goodwood third Beat Route and hurdler Mohanad may find this an insufficient test of stamina and Silver Samba disappointed last time while Thecornishcowboy is better on the all-weather.
Flashman 3-1 (8-11) Close up, bumped along at stages, effort 3f out, kept on one pace, not trouble leaders, 4th of 6, 9l behind Jonny Delta (8-9) at Ayr 1m 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Porcini 16-1 (8-12) Tracked leaders, challenged over 2f out, soon hung left, no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 8, 4 1/2l behind Taglietelle (8-11) at Newmarket 1m 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Thecornishcowboy 9-2 (9-6) Held up in last quartett, smooth headway on outside over 3f out, going well 2f out, keeping on same pace when short of room over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 7th of 9, 4 1/2l behind Green Earth (8-12) at Windsor 1m 4f app hcp 0-70 (5) gd.
Passion Play 5-4fav (9-2) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 7f out, led over 2f out until 2f out, chased winner, ridden and no impression final furlong, 2nd of 9, 4l behind Admirable Duque (8-9) at Newbury 1m 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Admirable Duque (IRE) 15-2 (8-9) Took keen hold, held up in touch, smooth headway to track leaders 3f out, led going well 2f out, just pushed along and kept on well final furlong, won at Newbury 1m 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gf beating Passion Play (9-2) by 4l, 9 ran.
Silver Samba 2-1fav (8-9) Took keen hold, tracked leader 7f, went 2nd again 7f out until 6f out, chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened inside final 2f, 8th of 13, 13l behind Palazzo Bianco (9-5) at Goodwood 2m hcp 0-85 (4) gd in May.
Mohanad (IRE) 16-1 (9-3) Led 1f, chased leader until 12f out, stayed in close 3rd, outpaced 3f out, soon beaten, 4th of 6, 13l behind Presto Volante (9-4) at Lingfield 2m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in May.
Deceptive 10-1 (9-2) Took keen hold, soon chasing leaders on outside, ridden 2f out, soon weakened, 7th of 8, 7l behind Ishikawa (9-7) at Lingfield 1m 2f hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Jan.
Beat Route 6-1 (9-7) Mid-division, headway over 3f out, chased leaders over 1f out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 9, 2 1/2l behind Our Folly (9-3) at Goodwood 2m hcp 0-70 (5) gd in May.
Sancho Panza 9-1 (8-11) Tracked leaders, led over 2f out, soon joined, pushed along and asserted towards finish, won at Yarmouth 1m 6f hcp 0-60 (6) sft in May beating Kingarrick (9-1) by 1 1/4l, 12 ran.