This valuable handicap looks as wide-open as ever. William Haggas landed this with Green Destiny in 2011 and it would not surprise were STENCIVE to follow in his footsteps. The selection, steadily progressive at three, made an unspectacular return to action at Newmarket before improving markedly to notch the runner-up spot in the Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes at Royal Ascot after coming with a long, steady challenge under Frankie Dettori. This drop back to a mile and a quarter could be just what's required and he can go one better. Niceofyoutotellme quickened up well to score the last twice and is the sort whose ability to do so keeps him ahead of the handicapper. Clon Brulee is another notable improver who must be kept on the right side, with Expert Fighter, Danchai and Star Lahib all respected and worthy of consideration.
Area Fifty One 11-4fav (9-9) Made all, ridden inside final furlong, stayed on gamely, won at Chester 1m 2f hcp 105 (2) gd in Jun beating Forgotten Hero (9-1) by 3/4l, 12 ran.
Validus 10-3fav (9-7) Held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, ridden to chase winner inside final furlong, no extra towards finish, 2nd of 10, 2 1/4l behind My Freedom (8-12) at Newcastle 1m hcp 0-105 (2) gd in Jun.
King's Warrior (FR) 10-1 (9-10) Always towards rear, 11th of 12, 12l behind Sir John Hawkwood (9-12) at York 1m 4f hcp 0-105 (2) sft in May.
Educate 12-1 (8-12) Raced near side, held up in rear, switched right over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, no chance with far side, 15th of 28, 5l behind Belgian Bill (8-11) at Royal Ascot 1m hcp (2) gf in Jun.
Stencive 5-1fav (9-3) Took keen hold, held up towards rear, good headway on outside over 2f out, hung badly right and chased leaders over 1f out, went 2nd 1f out, stayed on under pressure inside final furlong, always held, 2nd of 16, 2l behind Opinion (9-0) at Royal Ascot 1m 4f hcp 105 (2) gf in Jun.
Toto Skyllachy 9-4 (8-11) In rear, headway 4f out, kept on to go 3rd inside final furlong, never dangerous, 3rd of 8, 12l behind Marcret (9-7) at Chester 1m clm stks (4) gs in Jun.
Beaumont's Party (IRE) 20-1 (9-1) Held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, soon ridden, no extra final 100 yards, 9th of 17, 6l behind Star Lahib (8-8) at Haydock 1m 4f hcp (4yo+) (2) gf.
Expert Fighter (USA) 5-2fav (9-0) Tracked leader, took keen hold, ridden 2f out, quickened clear entering final furlong, ran on, won at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in May beating Spifer (9-3) by 1l, 7 ran.
Saptapadi (IRE) 20-1 (9-1) Took keen hold, held up in 5th, headway on outside over 3f out, went 4th 3f out, ridden and no impression when edged left over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 5th of 6, 20l behind Brown Panther (9-1) at Pontefract 1m 4f Listed Stakes (4yo+) (1) gd in Jun.
Clon Brulee (IRE) 9-2 (9-1) Led 1f, tracked leader, ridden to lead again narrowly 1f out, held on under pressure inside final furlong, won at Redcar 1m 2f hcp 105 (2) gf in May beating Eshtibaak (9-9) by 1/2l, 11 ran.
Awake My Soul (IRE) 15-2 (9-7) Led after 1f, ridden over 2f out, headed over 1f out, stayed on one pace, lost 2nd close home, 3rd of 11, 1 1/2l behind Nabucco (9-5) at Newmarket 1m 2f hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Jun.
Clayton 11-2 (9-11) In touch, lost place over 3f out, eased over 2f out, 13th of 14, 44l behind Sam Sharp (9-4) at York 1m 1f hcp 105 (2) gf in Jun.
Danchai 7-1 (9-2) Dwelt, took keen hold and held up towards rear, headway on outside 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, never going pace to reach leaders, 6th of 15, 3 1/2l behind Prince Of Johanne (9-10) at Sandown 1m hcp (2) gf.
Niceofyoutotellme 9-2 (9-5) Last to break, held up in rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, led inside final furlong, ran on, won at Newmarket 1m 2f hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Jun beating Nabucco (9-6) by 1l, 9 ran.
Star Lahib (IRE) 8-1 (8-8) Tracked leaders, pushed along over 3f out, not much room briefly 2f out, led inside final furlong, ran on, won at Haydock 1m 4f hcp (4yo+) (2) gf beating Tepmokea (8-9) by 3/4l, 17 ran.
Fennell Bay (IRE) 20-1 (8-11) Prominent, driven over 1f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 17, 3 1/2l behind Star Lahib (8-8) at Haydock 1m 4f hcp (4yo+) (2) gf.
Garde Cotiere (USA) 12-1 (9-7) Made all, ridden over 1f out, hard ridden inside final furlong, just held on, won at Beverley 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in May beating The Lock Master (9-0) by shd, 7 ran.
Forgotten Hero (IRE) 6-1 (9-4) Keen in touch, ridden and headway over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 11, 6l behind Nabucco (9-5) at Newmarket 1m 2f hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Jun.
Tres Coronas (IRE) 5-1 (8-9) In rear, ridden 2f out, ran on final furlong, not reach leaders, 3rd of 8, 1 1/2l behind Resurge (9-0) at Epsom Downs 1m 2f hcp (2) gs in May.
Angel Gabrial (IRE) 16-1 (8-6) Towards rear, pushed along over 4f out, driven over 2f out, no impression, 16th of 17, 11l behind Star Lahib (8-8) at Haydock 1m 4f hcp (4yo+) (2) gf.