After victories at Kempton and Ascot, Rockalong started a short-priced favourite for a tough handicap at Newmarket but was soon done with after chasing a fast pace. He's better than that but this is an even stronger handicap and HEAD OF STEAM is taken to follow-up his success over George Guru at Goodwood as though he's never raced over this trip his style of running suggests he'll be ideally suited. Commend has been well supported in all of his races but punters soon knew their fate at Sandown where he was held up in the rear in a slowly-run race. He made some late headway and is better than he showed there so has to be a threat. Lord Ofthe Shadows hasn't won since 2011 and though consistent enough has gone up in the weights recently without winning. Mabait has dropped to a fair mark and had anything but a clear run at York last time.
Redact (IRE) 40-1 (8-11) Raced near side, always, towards rear, never involved, 25th of 28, 20l behind Belgian Bill (8-11) at Royal Ascot 1m hcp (2) gf.
Jacob Cats 13-2 (9-3) Behind, pushed along over 4f out, never dangerous, 14th of 15, 18l behind Norse Blues (8-8) at Thirsk 1m hcp 0-100 (2) gf in May.
Asatir (USA) 12-1 (9-3) Keen tracked leader, ridden and every chance when short of room and hampered entering final 2f, weakened final furlong, 13th of 14, 14l behind Vainglory (8-9) at Epsom Downs 1m hcp 0-105 (2) gs in May.
Top Offer 6-1 (9-7) Held up, never on terms with leaders, 11th of 15, 13l behind Highland Colori (9-4) at Newmarket 7f hcp 0-95 (3) gf.
Bancnuanaheireann (IRE) 12-1 (9-6) In rear, stumbled bend 6f out, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on same, 9th of 15, 9l behind Roserrow (9-5) at Sandown 1m hcp 0-100 (2) gd.
Head Of Steam (USA) 8-1 (8-8) Held up in touch on inside, smooth headway on bit 3f out, tracked leaders over 2f out, went 2nd inside final 2f, led over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, ridden out, won at Goodwood 7f hcp 0-100 (2) gd in May beating George Guru (8-13) by 3/4l, 10 ran.
Mabait 7-2fav (9-1) Held up in rear of main group, headway when not clear run and switched left over 1f out, driven and staying on same pace but looked held when hampered inside final furlong, no chance after, 5th of 11, 6l behind Smarty Socks (9-1) at York 7f hcp 0-95 (3) gf.
Rockalong (IRE) 13-8fav (9-0) Close up in chasing group, chased clear leader halfway, led over 1f out, headed and no extra inside final furlong, 7th of 14, 7l behind Directorship (9-4) at Newmarket 1m hcp 0-95 (3) gd in May.
Shavansky 11-1 (9-7) Towards rear, ridden over 2f out, never near leaders, 7th of 10, 5l behind Clowance Estate (9-4) at Sandown 1m 2f hcp 0-90 (3) gd.
Lord Ofthe Shadows (IRE) 11-4 (9-8) Held up in rear, steady headway 3f out, chasing leaders when hampered inside final 2f, soon eged left, plugged on to one paced 4th inside final furlong, 4th of 10, 3l behind Ree's Rascal (8-13) at Newbury 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Shahdaroba (IRE) 28-1 (9-7) Close up, ridden and headway 2f out, one pace final furlong, 5th of 14, 3 1/2l behind Secret Art (8-8) at Sandown 7f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gd.
Commend 4-1 (9-3) In rear, headway and not clear run over 1f out, kept on, never near leaders, 6th of 14, 5l behind Roserrow (9-7) at Sandown 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gf.