Andrew Balding sent out Side Glance to win this last year and looks to have a strong hand in today's renewal. Highland Knight had Set The Trend behind when landing a Listed event at Pontefract last month and should figure again but stablemate TULLIUS makes more appeal. His winning run came to an end when beaten a length in the Group 2 Summer Mile at Ascot last time but this is less competitive and he can return to winning ways. Course winner Bronterre has a bit to prove over today's trip and Richard Hughes prefers Rockinante, a Group 3 winner over a mile at Newmarket last season, while Sovereign Debt continues to progress well though he'll need further improvement in this. So will the winning handicapper Trade Commissioner but the admirable veteran Mac Love is still good enough to make the frame.
Highland Knight (IRE) 10-1 (9-1) Tracked leader, ridden over 2f out, every chance when left in lead inside final furlong, ran on, won at Pontefract 1m Listed stks 3yo (1) gf in Jul beating Rugged Cross (8-7) by 1 1/2l, 7 ran.
Mac Love 40-1 (9-2) Held up, closed over 2f out, not clear run over 1f out, soon switched left, ran on inside final furlong, pressing for 2nd towrads finish, 3rd of 7, 1 3/4l behind Chachamaidee (8-13) at Goodwood 7f Grp 2 (1) gd in Jul.
Set The Trend 5-2fav (9-1) Set strong pace, ridden over 2f out, headed inside final furlong, lost 2nd post, 3rd of 7, 1 3/4l behind Highland Knight (9-1) at Pontefract 1m Listed stks 3yo (1) gf in Jul.
Trade Commissioner (IRE) 2-1fav (9-6) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, led inside final furlong, ran on well, won at Sandown 1m hcp (2) gs in Jul beating Vainglory (8-11) by 3/4l, 14 ran.
Tullius (IRE) 6-1 (9-1) Chased leaders on inside, pushed along and hung right from 2f out, stayed on under pressure inside final furlong, went 3rd final 50 yards, 3rd of 8, 1l behind Fanunalter (9-1) at Ascot 1m Grp 2 (1) gs in Jul.
Bronterre 10-11fav (8-8) Steadied start, took keen hold, switched right to race on near side rail and with winner, ridden and found nil over 2f out, soon beaten and eased over 1f out, tailed off, last of 4, 34l behind Scarf (9-2) at Newbury 7f cond Stakes (4) gs in Jul.
Mehdi (IRE) 10-3 (9-4) Tracked leaders, effort over 2f out, soon ridden and no impression, 4th of 6, 4l behind Eastern Sun (8-12) at Kempton 1m cond stks (2) pol in Apr.
Rockinante (FR) (9-1) 7th of 10, 14l behind Malossol (9-1) at Capannelle(ITY) 1m 3yo Grp 3 (1) gd in Apr.
Sovereign Debt (IRE) 11-8fav (8-12) Held up in rear, switched right to outside over 2f out, ridden edged left and chased leader over 1f out, led and hung left inside final furlong, pushed along and stayed on well, won at Newmarket 1m con stks (3) sft in Jul beating Mukhadram (8-12) by 2l, 6 ran.