Things didn't quite work out for OPEN WATER last year but this is a big drop in grade and he apparently goes well fresh. If anywhere near the form that saw his chase home Epsom Derby runner-up Main Sequence as a two-year-old, he'd make short work of these. Sheila's Buddy was second at Newbury last month and is consistent, though is still creeping up the weights, while Poetic Lord's best recent efforts have been over a mile. Mean It is unexposed, however, and the step up in distance shouldn't be a problem on breeding. Highland Duke could be challenging for a place if shrugging off an absence but Thecornishcowboy is a Polytrack specialist.
Open Water (FR) 16-1 (8-2) Always towards rear, driven and struggling over 2f out, last of 18, 20l behind Fennell Bay (8-1) at Royal Ascot 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gs in Jun.
Sheila's Buddy 15-2 (9-0) Held up towards rear, headway travelling well over 2f out, ridden and stayed on to well held 2nd inside final furlong, no chance with easy winner, 2nd of 16, 3l behind Take Two (8-12) at Newbury 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Apr.
Come On Blue Chip (IRE) 25-1 (9-5) Held up, ridden on outside over 3f out, no impression, 7th of 10, 11l behind Niceofyoutotellme (8-13) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp (0-90) (3) pol in Apr.
Mean It (IRE) 11-4fav (8-13) Steadied start, held up in last pair, headway over 1f out, pushed along edged left and stayed on inside final furlong, went 2nd close home, no chance of reaching winner, 2nd of 13, 2 1/4l behind Snow Trooper (9-2) at Windsor 1m hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Apr.
Top Diktat 11-2 (10-0) In touch, came centre 8f out, ridden 3f out, weakened 2f out, 12th of 14, 23l behind Greek War (9-0) at Newmarket 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Jun.
Brocklebank (IRE) 14-1 (8-12) Soon towards rear, ridden over 2f out, no impression, 8th of 10, 7l behind Rockalong (9-1) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Apr.
Poetic Lord 11-4fav (9-7) In rear, headway on outer over 1f out, ran on to lead post, won at Lingfield 1m hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Apr beating Rezwaan (9-10) by ns, 10 ran.
Highland Duke (IRE) 14-1 (8-0) Took keen hold, chased leaders, switched to chase leader in centre over 4f out, led narrowly over 2f out until over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 10, 5l behind Jawhar (9-10) at Newbury 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Sep.
Thecornishcowboy 12-1 (9-0) Mid-division, headway 2f out, ridden and no impression final furlong, 4th of 10, 4l behind Spirit Of The Law (9-0) at Yarmouth 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Apr.