Polperro had every chance again when second at Leicester last month and is becoming expensive to follow. No doubt he'll be popular here but there are several less-exposed rivals open to more improvement. Knightly Escapade was third over C&D in May, while General Synod has started favourite in three of his four starts though returns here after a break. Haman, an $85,000 yearling, is an interesting debutant but ASHIRI is heading in the right direction judged on his fourth over C&D two weeks ago and is fancied to get off the mark today.
Ashiri (IRE) 4-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, outpaced by leaders over 1f out, stayed on same pace, 4th of 13, 6l behind Anatolian (9-3) at Windsor 1m 2f 3yo & 4yo mdn (5) gf in Jul.
Broken Eagle (USA) Broken Vow colt out of Tricky Bird.
General Synod 10-1 (8-7) With winner until ridden 2f out, edged left and beaten over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 8, 8l behind Al Kazeem (9-4) at Newbury 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gf in May.
Haman (CAN) Street Cry colt out of Penny Perfect.
Knightly Escapade 20-1 (8-13) Mid-division, headway on outside over 3f out, stayed on to 3rd inside final furlong, never any chance with leading duo, 3rd of 12, 11l behind Alkimos (8-13) at Windsor 1m 2f mdn auc stks (5) gd in May.
Palazzo Bianco 33-1 (9-3) Mid-division, ridden 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 10th of 14, 19l behind Thimaar (9-3) at Newmarket 1m 4f 3yo mdn (5) gd in Jul.
Polperro (USA) 2-1 (8-13) Led after 1f, headed halfway, chased winner, ridden 3f out, never able to challenge, 2nd of 10, 4l behind Laatafreet (8-13) at Leicester 1m 2f 3yo & 4yo mdn (5) gf in Jul.
Tiger's Pride 100-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, soon in touch in 5th, weakened over 2f out, 9th of 14, 11l behind Sadler's Risk (9-3) at Leicester 1m 2yo mdn (4) gs in Oct.
Fairling 25-1 (8-12) Mid-division, pushed along over 2f out, no impression 2f out, weakened final furlong, 11th of 13, 18l behind Anatolian (9-3) at Windsor 1m 2f 3yo & 4yo mdn (5) gf in Jul.
Miracle Play (IRE) 80-1 (8-12) Held up, never on terms, 9th of 13, 13l behind Dumbarton (9-3) at Windsor 1m 3yo & 4yo mdn (5) gd in Jul.
Queen's Silk 66-1 (9-0) Behind, headway over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, nearest finish, 6th of 11, 7l behind White Moonstone (9-0) at Ascot 6f 2yo fll mdn (4) gd in Jul '10.