Steps will need luck in-running from stall one as he has to arrive late on the scene but he ran a cracker in the King's Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot after being squeezed out at the start. He can reverse that running with gallant second Stepper Point and should again beat Green Door and Rex Imperator but fifth AHTOUG almost certainly needed that run, his first since March, and looks the one to beat on past form. Extortionist was just beaten in this grade at the Curragh last week and will be a threat on that form, though was well beaten behind Wind Fire, Hay Chewed and One Chance in a Listed race here three weeks ago. Shamshon beat One Chance at York before fading over 6f at Haydock while Kingsgate Native has done nothing wrong this year in exalted company, though has only won once since 2010. Dinkum Diamond has done better this year but looks held on the form book.
Ahtoug 16-1 (9-4) Tracked leaders, not much room and switched right over 1f out, ridden and ran on inside final furlong pressing for places but never going pace of winner, 5th of 16, 2 1/4l behind Sole Power (9-4) at Royal Ascot 5f Grp 1 (1) gd in Jun.
Dinkum Diamond (IRE) 12-1 (9-10) Held up towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 17, 1 1/2l behind Demora (8-8) at Musselburgh 5f hcp (4yo+) (2) sft in Jun.
Kingsgate Native (IRE) 8-1 (9-4) Chased leaders, effort 2f out, ridden and one pace over 1f out, stayed on under pressure inside final furlong, went 3rd near finish, no impression with front pair, 3rd of 9, 3 1/2l behind Hot Streak (8-10) at Haydock 5f Grp 2 (1) sft in May.
Rex Imperator 25-1 (9-4) Took fierce hold and held up towards rear, some headway near side over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 15th of 16, 10l behind Sole Power (9-4) at Royal Ascot 5f Grp 1 (1) gd in Jun.
Stepper Point 50-1 (9-4) Made most, joined and strongly pressed from 2f out, kept on most gamely until headed and outpaced final 75 yards, 2nd of 16, 1 1/4l behind Sole Power (9-4) at Royal Ascot 5f Grp 1 (1) gd in Jun.
Steps (IRE) 12-1 (9-4) Soon off the pace and pushed along towards rear, switched left over 1f out, ran on strongly inside final furlong, never going pace to reach leaders, 6th of 16, 2 1/2l behind Sole Power (9-4) at Royal Ascot 5f Grp 1 (1) gd in Jun.
Trader Jack 6-1 (9-6) Held up in mid-division, ridden over 1f out, never able to get on terms, 7th of 9, 4l behind Cheworee (9-2) at Chester 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Jun.
Extortionist (IRE) 2-1fav (9-3) Tracked leader, soon disputed lead, travelling smoothly and led from 2f out, strongly pressed inside final furlong, headed near finish, 2nd of 6, hd behind Fountain Of Youth (9-3) at Curragh 5f Grp 3 (1) gf in Jun.
Green Door 66-1 (8-12) Slowly into stride, held up and off the pace towards rear, pushed along halfway, pushed right inside final 2f, never on terms and weakened over 1f out, 12th of 16, 8l behind Sole Power (9-4) at Royal Ascot 5f Grp 1 (1) gd in Jun.
Shamshon (IRE) 5-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders on outside, ridden and every chance over 1f out, one pace inside final furlong, 4th of 7, 4l behind Aeolus (9-0) at Haydock 6f 3yo lst stk (1) gs in May.
Hay Chewed (IRE) 17-2 (8-12) Tracked leaders, driven to lead over 1f out, ridden and edged left inside final furlong, kept on, won at Ayr 5f fll lst stks (1) gf in Jun beating Inyordreams (8-12) by 1l, 11 ran.
One Chance (IRE) 16-1 (8-9) Tracked leaders, ridden and slightly outpaced 2f out, rallied inside final furlong, 4th of 14, 2l behind Wind Fire (8-12) at Sandown 5f 3yo lst stk (1) gd in Jun.
Wind Fire (USA) 17-2 (8-12) Soon prominent from wide draw, effort when hampered and carried left inside final furlong, ridden and quickened to lead near finish, won at Sandown 5f 3yo lst stk (1) gd in Jun beating Hay Chewed (8-9) by nk, 14 ran.