Richard Hannon senior loved this race and won it four times in the past five years. This year's stable representative, TUPI, can continue the trend for the yard as she wasn't beaten far by Highland Reel in the Group 2 Vintage Stakes at Goodwood before finding trouble in-running in France. Winters Moon made a fine start at Newmarket and started favourite for a Group 3 there three weeks ago but couldn't find a finishing burst and had to settle for third spot. Mister Universe followed a York maiden victory by leading for a long way in a Newmarket Group 2 but couldn't keep up the gallop after leading early. Elm Park looked well suited to soft ground when scoring easily at Newbury and there's plenty more to come but Beverley winner Groor will need to find more in this company.
Elm Park 9-4fav (9-5) Always prominent, led travelling well 2f out, pushed clear inside final furlong, stayed on strongly, won at Newbury 7f 2yo mdn (4) sft beating Constable Buckley (9-5) by 3l, 13 ran.
Groor 5-1 (9-2) In touch, not clear run and switched right entering final 2f, ridden and stayed on to go 3rd inside final furlong, 3rd of 6, 2 1/4l behind Grigolo (9-2) at Salisbury 1m 2yo hcp 0-95 (3) gf.
Mister Universe 6-1 (9-1) Keen, led, headed 3f out, soon ridden, kept on same pace final furlong, 5th of 8, 9l behind Estidhkaar (9-1) at Newmarket 7f 2yo Grp 2 (1) gs in Jul.
Tupi (IRE) (9-2) 2nd of 7, 2l behind Nucifera (9-2) at Deauville(FR) 7f 2yo lst stk (1) sft.
Winters Moon (IRE) 15-8fav (9-0) Restless in stalls in rear, headway when hung left over 1f out, ridden and stayed on to go 3rd towards finish, 3rd of 7, 2 3/4l behind Muraaqaba (9-0) at Newmarket 7f 2yo fll Grp 3 (1) sft.