Edge Closer's only win since 2008 was in this contest last year. He's back on the same mark for today's renewal but finished well behind Tidal's Baby at Goodwood last month. The latter has claims despite a 6lb rise and is preferred to Mission Approved, a dual winner over 7f and yet to race over today's minimum trip. O'Gorman won't mind the drop back in distance having scored at Windsor in June while Swendab landed a double over 5f before struggling in better company over a longer trip last time. BURNING THREAD went close at Doncaster a fortnight ago with Dungannon well beaten and Tim Etherington's course and distance winner gets the nod ahead of Joe Packet, a runner-up here last month.
Pandar 20-1 (9-6) Held up in last trio, headway between horses 2f out, driven and stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 6th of 9, 3l behind Ahtoug (9-6) at Ascot 5f hcp 105 (2) gd.
Joe Packet 9-1 (9-9) Raced far side, chased leader, led this group and every chance over 1f out until towards finish, 4th of 13, 2 1/4l behind Elusive Flame (9-6) at Newmarket 6f hcp 0-95 (3) gf.
Taajub (IRE) 8-1 (9-3) Raced centre, prominent, driven over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 15th of 18, 5l behind Barnet Fair (8-9) at Ascot 5f hcp (2) gf in Jul.
Sir Maximilian (IRE) 11-2 (9-4) Chased leaders, ridden and kept on inside final furlong, 8th of 15, 3 1/2l behind Doctor Parkes (9-7) at Doncaster 5f hcp 0-95 (3) gf.
Edge Closer 33-1 (9-7) Towards rear, headway over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, no threat, 13th of 20, 6l behind Tidal's Baby (7-13) at Goodwood 5f hcp 0-90 (3) gs in Jul.
Swendab (IRE) 10-1 (8-9) Led centre group and overall leader, ridden when headed over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 11, 14l behind Gramercy (8-13) at Ffos Las 6f hcp 0-100 (2) gd.
Burning Thread (IRE) 22-1 (8-13) In touch, headway and every chance over 1f out, kept on towards finish, 2nd of 15, 3/4l behind Doctor Parkes (9-7) at Doncaster 5f hcp 0-95 (3) gf.
Dungannon 3-1fav (8-13) Chased leaders, ridden and one pace inside final furlong, 9th of 15, 3 1/2l behind Doctor Parkes (9-7) at Doncaster 5f hcp 0-95 (3) gf.
B Fifty Two (IRE) 12-1 (9-10) Prominent, pushed along 2f out, weakened final furlong, 13th of 16, 6l behind Above Standard (9-3) at York 5f hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Jun.
O'Gorman 3-1fav (9-2) Unruly prior to start, held up towards rear, headway on outside 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, ridden to lead 1f out, ran on, won at Windsor 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Jun beating Blue Jack (9-3) by 1l, 11 ran.
Lupo D'oro (IRE) 20-1 (9-2) Raced stand side, held up in rear, headway when switched left over 1f out, never nearer, 7th of 14, 8l behind Glen Moss (9-7) at Newbury 7f hcp 0-95 (3) gd.
Fratellino 25-1 (9-3) Raced far side, led this group until ridden over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 8th of 13, 5l behind Elusive Flame (9-6) at Newmarket 6f hcp 0-95 (3) gf.
Arctic Lynx (IRE) 6-1 (9-9) Led, ridden and headed over 2f out, weakened and eased final furlong, last of 7, 17l behind Kinglami (8-12) at Windsor 6f hcp 0-85 (4) sft.
Ask The Guru 9-1 (9-7) Tracked leader, every chance well over 1f out, weakened entering final furlong, last of 5, 4 1/2l behind Storm Moon (9-7) at Kempton 5f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in May.
Mission Approved 11-8fav (8-13) Awkward start, in touch, effort over 2f out, never able to challenge, 3rd of 4, 4l behind Yourartisonfire (8-12) at Sandown 7f 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gf in Jul.
Tidal's Baby 25-1 (7-13) Behind, headway far side over 1f out, strong run inside final furlong, soon edged left, led final 100 yards, won going away, won at Goodwood 5f hcp 0-90 (3) gs in Jul beating Six Wives (8-2) by 1 3/4l, 20 ran.