Top-notch sprinter HOOF IT can compete on favourable terms but the question is can he run up to his mark over 7f? Three previous attempts earlier in his career suggest he'll struggle, but he's a much-improved, stronger beast these days and Mick Easterby's charge has got the right man on board to ensure he's given every chance of lasting home. He gets the nod just ahead of last year's winner Libranno who bounced back with a Listed success at Salisbury last time while Firebeam also has to come into the reckoning as he had Majestic Myles behind when runner-up to Red Jazz at Haydock last month. Edinburgh Knight has a shout if at his best and makes more appeal than the out of sorts three-year-old Bannock.
Edinburgh Knight (IRE) 12-1 (9-8) Held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, chased leaders 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 17th of 30, 10l behind Prince Of Johanne (9-3) at Royal Ascot 1m hcp (2) gd.
Firebeam (9-3) 8th of 15, 5l behind Moonlight Cloud (9-6) at Longchamp(FR) 7f Grp 3 gd.
Hoof It 2-1fav (9-7) Towards rear, pushed along over 2f out, ridden and headway over 1f out, one pace, 5th of 13, 4 1/2l behind Tiddliwinks (9-7) at York 6f Grp 2 (1) gd in May.
Libranno 7-1 (9-4) Chased leader, pushed along inside final 3f, challenged 2f out, soon ridden, driven to lead 1f out, kept on under pressure, won at Salisbury 6f Listed stks 3yo (1) gd beating Our Jonathan (9-4) by nk, 9 ran.
Majestic Myles (IRE) 8-1 (9-0) Tracked leader, led over 2f out, soon strongly challenged, headed inside final furlong, no extra, 2nd of 7, 1 1/2l behind Pastoral Player (9-0) at Haydock 7f Grp 3 (1) gf.
Mister Green (FR) 16-1 (8-13) Held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, switched to outer over 1f out, led narrowly inside final furlong, edged left and headed near finish, 2nd of 13, ns behind Amosite (9-3) at Yarmouth 6f hcp 0-65 (6) gf.
Sos Brillante (CHI) 200-1 (8-13) Slowly away, outpaced and always behind, 8th of 9, 6l behind Libranno (9-4) at Salisbury 6f Listed stks 3yo (1) gd.
Bannock (IRE) 66-1 (9-1) With leaders, led over 2f out until 2f out, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 15th of 22, 10l behind Ishvana (8-12) at Royal Ascot 7f 3yo Grp 3 (1) gd.