HARLEQUIN STRIKER is the most exposed of this field but is also the one to set a decent standard, having shaped well on both starts here over 7f on good to firm ground when second to Marcano and more recently third to Misterioso. He's admittedly vulnerable to an improver or newcomer but still rates the one to beat. Crafty Choice, noted when staying on pleasingly on debut over Windsor's 6f, has to be on the shortlist on the back of that promise for Hughes and Hannon, whilst Lysander The Greek and Muzarkash may do better. Plymouth Sound and Illusive Force look the most interesting newcomers.
Crafty Choice 8-1 (9-5) Held up in rear, not clear run over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, never nearer, 6th of 16, 7l behind Heartbreak Hero (9-5) at Windsor 6f 2yo mdn (5) gf.
Harlequin Striker (IRE) 4-1 (9-5) Led, 3 lengths ahead halfway, reduced lead and headed 2f out, chased winner, ridden over 1f out, no impression and dropped to 3rd inside final furlong, 3rd of 13, 4l behind Misterioso (9-5) at Salisbury 7f 2yo mdn (4) gf.
Illusive Force (IRE) Iffraaj colt out of Geesala.
Lysander The Greek 4-1 (9-5) Slowly into stride, held up, ridden over 3f out, headway when not clear run just inside 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 9, 12l behind Markaz (9-5) at Ascot 6f 2yo mdn (3) gf.
Muzarkash 16-1 (9-5) Slowly into stride and went left start, always outpaced in rear, last of 7, 9l behind Burtonwood (9-5) at Nottingham 5f 2yo mdn (5) gf in Apr.
Mywayalways (IRE) 33-1 (9-5) In rear, ridden over 2f out, never a factor, 7th of 10, 10l behind Medrano (9-5) at Haydock 7f 2yo mdn (5) gs.
Plymouth Sound Fastnet Rock colt out of Shardette.
Lady Vellyn Hellvelyn filly out of Alvarinho Lady.
More Drama (IRE) Thewayyouare filly out of Our Drama Queen.
Red Renee 100-1 (9-0) Slowly away outpaced, detached after 2f, last of 8, well behind Indaria (8-11) at Salisbury 5f mdn (4) gf in Jun.