Telescope is back against his own age group having failed to overtake the older David Livingstone when long odds-on for a Group 3 over 1m2f at Haydock 11 days ago. Sir Michael Stoute remains convinced he is a smart performer but there are a few questions to answer now and he's not going to be much of a price in this. Spillway beat Nichols Canyon in a handicap at Sandown in the spring and wasn't beaten far when third to Cap O'Rushes in the Gordon Stakes at Goodwood but the one to take out of that race was probably the fifth SECRET NUMBER, who was twice denied a run when travelling well. This galloping track should play to the Godolphin colt's strengths and he could be a bit of value. Willie The Whipper has been highly tried this year while Foundry could be anything after winning his only start by seven lengths in November, though it's a bit of a worry that he hasn't been seen since.
Cap O'rushes 9-2 (9-0) Close up, ridden to chase leader over 2f out, soon every chance, led inside final furlong, just held on, won at Goodwood 1m 4f 3yo Grp 3 (1) gs in Jul beating Excess Knowledge (9-0) by hd, 7 ran.
Foundry (IRE) 9-2 (9-5) Always prominent, 2nd from halfway, led under 2f out, soon ridden clear, very easily, won at Leopardstown 7f mdn stks sft in Nov beating Tonabrocky (9-5) by 6l, 12 ran.
Nichols Canyon 7-1 (9-1) Held up towards rear, headway over 1f out, ridden and one pace inside final furlong, 6th of 15, 6l behind Leading Light (9-4) at Royal Ascot 2m 3yo Grp 3 (1) gf in Jun.
Secret Number 4-1 (9-0) Keen tracked leaders, ridden when short of room over 2f out, effort when not clear run and hampered inside final furlong, never able to challenge, 5th of 7, 1 3/4l behind Cap O'Rushes (9-0) at Goodwood 1m 4f 3yo Grp 3 (1) gs in Jul.
Spillway 33-1 (9-0) Held up in rear, headway on outer from over 2f out, edged right and led approaching final furlong, ridden and hung left and soon headed inside final furlong, stayed on, 3rd of 7, 1l behind Cap O'Rushes (9-0) at Goodwood 1m 4f 3yo Grp 3 (1) gs in Jul.
Telescope (IRE) 4-9fav (8-8) Held up in touch, headway and effort over 2f out, kept on, 2nd of 8, 1l behind David Livingston (9-3) at Haydock 1m 2f Grp 3 (1) gf.
Willie The Whipper 40-1 (9-2) 6th of 19, 6l behind Intello (9-2) at Chantilly(FR) 1m 2f 3yo Grp 1 (1) gs in Jun.