Chiberta King won this in 2011 and was third to Cavalryman 12 months ago. He stayed on gamely to land the Queen Alexandra Stakes over 2m6f at Ascot last month and is a leading player again. But CAUCUS beat Cavalryman at Newmarket in the autumn and made a very satisfactory reappearance when runner-up to Ascot Gold Cup heroine Estimate in May. That run suggests he may have the beating of Model Pupil and Repeater, behind Estimate at the royal meeting last month, so he gets the nod. Biographer is a consistent sort and may well be suited by the step up in trip but York runner-up Bite Of The Cherry may have stamina limitations. Duke Of Clarence won a Goodwood handicap last month but needs to improve significantly to get involved here.
Biographer 9-2 (9-7) Towards rear, reminders 4f out, headway 3f out, effort entering final furlong, ran on, not reach leaders, 4th of 13, 1 3/4l behind Tiger Cliff (8-8) at Newmarket 1m 6f hcp 0-105 (2) gf in May.
Caucus 6-1 (9-1) In touch, pushed along over 3f out, ridden and headway 2f out, kept on to go 2nd inside final furlong, no threat to winner, 2nd of 10, 1 3/4l behind Estimate (8-9) at Ascot 2m Grp 3 (1) gd in May.
Chiberta King 8-1 (9-2) Held up towards rear, steady headway to mid-division 8f out, tracked leaders going well 4f out, went 2nd over 3f out, led over 2f out, driven and strongly pressed when rider dropped reins inside final furlong, stayed on gamely, all out, won at Royal Ascot 2m 6f stks (2) gf in Jun beating Shahwardi (9-2) by hd, 19 ran.
Duke Of Clarence (IRE) 7-2fav (9-5) Held up in rear, headway over 1f out, led 1f out, driven out, held on near finish, won at Goodwood 1m 6f hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Jun beating Noble Silk (9-0) by nk, 8 ran.
Model Pupil 33-1 (9-0) Held up in mid-division on inside, headway approaching final 2f, never reached leaders, hung right and weakened well over 1f out, 7th of 14, 6l behind Estimate (8-11) at Royal Ascot 2m 4f Grp 1 (1) gf in Jun.
Repeater 50-1 (9-0) Held up towards rear, ridden and struggling on outside over 2f out, never a factor, 10th of 14, 11l behind Estimate (8-11) at Royal Ascot 2m 4f Grp 1 (1) gf in Jun.
Bite Of The Cherry 10-3 (8-9) Soon led, ridden over 3f out, headed 2f out, soon hampered, stayed on inside final furlong, no impression on winner, 2nd of 5, 1 1/4l behind Songcraft (9-0) at York 1m 6f Listed Stakes (4yo+) (1) gd in May.