It's sad to see such decent prize money rewarded with so few entries and having held the lion's share of the six-day acceptors, Mark Johnston relies upon Salutation. Sixth in the King George V Handicap at Royal Ascot, he should have no issues in relation to both the trip and the prevailing going. Shrewd was behind on that occasion though Michael Bell's gelding bounced back to form at Chester and has been raised 4lb by the handicapper. William Haggas won this race last year and the exiled Yorkshireman will be hoping for a big run from FERSAH. She may have been outclassed in the Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot but she was entitled to take her chance in that Group 2 contest having performed with credit in maidens at Leicester and Ascot. London Citizen hasn't offered much since returning from an abortive spell in the USA while Contradict takes a drop in grade having made little impact in a Group 2 event at Saint-Cloud.
Shrewd 7-2 (9-6) Close 3rd, pushed along 4f out, ridden, switched left and picked up well over 1f out, led inside final furlong, ran on, won at Chester 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gf beating Pitchoun (9-7) by 2 1/4l, 3 ran.
Contradict 25-1 (8-11) 9th of 10, 16l behind Pacific Rim (8-11) at Saint-Cloud(FR) 1m 4f Group 2 fll stks (3yo) (1) sft in Jun.
London Citizen (USA) 7-2 (9-6) Soon tracking leader, lost 2nd inside final 3f, not much room when squeezed out over 2f out, soon beaten, eased when no chance final furlong, 4th of 5, 15l behind Flying Officer (9-7) at Windsor 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gf in Jun.
Fersah (USA) 7-2 (9-1) Tracked leaders, went 2nd over 2f out, led well over 1f out, soon ridden, headed inside final furlong, one pace, 2nd of 8, 1 1/4l behind Bollin Greta (9-3) at Doncaster 1m 4f flls hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Salutation (IRE) 9-4 (9-3) Tracked leader, led 4f out, ridden and strongly pressed over 1f out, headed entering final furlong, rallied, always just held, 2nd of 4, nk behind Big Thunder (8-7) at Bath 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) fm.