Sir Michael Stoute has won this a couple of times in recent years so DAMBUSTER who is a half-brother to six winners, most of them useful, is given the nod to make a winning start. Al Guwair represents the Cecil camp and has to be respected while Lemon Pearl only just failed to catch Raushan at Salisbury and the stiffer track should suit. Meshardal found a mile on the sharp side at Lingfield and will be more at home over this trip and Testudo and Near Time will both improve for their debuts. Thomas Hobson ran well enough at Windsor and can get involved in what should prove an informative maiden.
Achtung Montjeu colt out of Funsie.
Al Guwair (IRE) Shirocco colt out of Katariya.
Brave Helios 66-1 (8-13) Pushed along and struggling over 4f out, always towards rear, tailed off, 14th of 15, well behind Glorious Protector (8-13) at Windsor 1m 2f mdn auc stks (5) gd in May.
Dambuster (IRE) Dalakhani gelding out of Threefold.
Ducab (IRE) 11-2 (9-5) Slowly into stride, soon recovered to mid-division, headway over 2f out, pressed leaders over 1f out, keeping on one pace when slightly hampered inside final furlong, 3rd of 12, 5l behind Vitruvian Lady (9-0) at Nottingham 1m 3yo mdn (5) gs in May.
Halling's Treasure 100-1 (8-7) Held up mid-division, headway on outer over 3f out, one pace and no impression, 6th of 11, 11l behind Excellent Result (8-12) at Sandown 1m 2f 3yo & 4yo mdn (5) gf in May.
Hero's Story 22-1 (9-5) Always behind, weakened over 4f out, 14th of 15, 41l behind Remote (9-5) at Newbury 1m 2f 3yo mdn (4) gf in May.
Kazak 33-1 (9-5) Slowly into stride, mid-division, driven over 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, never reached leaders, 7th of 17, 6l behind Matrooh (9-5) at Doncaster 1m 3yo mdn (5) gf in May.
Meshardal (GER) 5-2fav (9-1) Slowly away, headway to mid-division, 5f out, switched left 2f out, ridden and stayed on to 3rd inside final furlong, nearest finish, 3rd of 17, 3 1/2l behind Simply Elegant (8-10) at Lingfield 1m mdn stks (5) sft in May.
Qibtee (FR) Antonius Pius colt out of Embers Of Fame.
Respect Me 18-1 (9-5) Behind, pushed along over 3f out, never dangerous, 8th of 12, 14l behind Ajraam (9-5) at Newmarket 1m 3yo mdn (4) gf in Apr.
Rock God (IRE) 14-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, pushed along over 2f out, soon weakened, 14th of 16, 25l behind Cape Peron (9-5) at Newbury 1m 3yo mdn (4) gs in Apr.
Testudo (IRE) 50-1 (9-5) Steadied start, always behind, 6th of 15, 14l behind Remote (9-5) at Newbury 1m 2f 3yo mdn (4) gf in May.
Thomas Hobson 3-1 (9-5) Slowly into stride, pushed along, took keen hold and soon chasing leading trio, went 3rd 3f out, green and edged right f out, 3rd and one pace final furlong, eased when held towards finish, 3rd of 10, 3 1/2l behind Powder Hound (9-5) at Windsor 1m 2f 3yo mdn (5) gd in Apr.
Deglet Noor New Approach filly out of Almoutezah.
Lemon Pearl 4-1 (8-12) Chased leaders in 4th, went 3rd over 2f out, driven and stayed on to chase winner inside final furlong, strong challenge close home, just failed, 2nd of 14, shd behind Raushan (8-12) at Salisbury 1m 2f fll mdn stks (5) gs in May.
Near Time 16-1 (9-0) Dwelt, behind, outpaced over 3f out, never dangerous, 6th of 8, 11l behind Waila (9-0) at Sandown 1m 2f mdn fll stks (4) gd in Apr.