Les Troyens caught the eye at Haydock and one couldn't rule him out off a 1lb lower mark but we will side with SHAMDARLEY. Marco Botti's five-year-old was a ready winner on the Polytrack at Kempton at the beginning of the month, and the form was given a boost when the second scored in a valuable handicap at Ripon. Smarty Socks is a standing dish at York and while sure to run his race, his consistency has seen him creep back up the weights. Nameitwhatyoulike will enjoy a substantial pull at the weights with David O'Meara's star on their last race over this distance and he could reverse the form. Dark Castle takes a step up in grade while Sirius Prospect has his first run in handicaps for some time after finishing unplaced in the Diamond Jubilee at Royal Ascot. Navajo Chief drops in trip having won the Hambleton Stakes at the May meeting here.
Navajo Chief 6-1 (9-5) Held up mid-division, weakened 2f out, 5th of 7, 7l behind Ladyship (8-11) at Chester 7f Listed stks 3yo (1) gf.
Sirius Prospect (USA) 33-1 (9-4) Raced centre, mid-division, pushed along over 2f out, soon beaten, 13th of 18, 12l behind Lethal Force (9-4) at Royal Ascot 6f Grp 1 (1) gf in Jun.
Smarty Socks (IRE) 8-1 (10-0) Held up behind, switched outside and good headway over 1f out, soon ridden, stayed on to lead narrowly inside final furlong, headed final stride, 2nd of 14, hd behind The Rectifier (9-11) at York 1m hcp 0-95 (3) gf.
Les Troyens 18-1 (9-9) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, effort when hampered over 1f out, stayed on, never nearer, 6th of 13, 3 1/2l behind Ashaadd (8-13) at Haydock 7f hcp 105 (2) gf.
Webbow (IRE) 25-1 (9-6) Held up in rear, ridden on outside over 1f out, never on terms, 9th of 13, 6l behind Ashaadd (8-13) at Haydock 7f hcp 105 (2) gf.
Garde Cotiere (USA) 33-1 (8-9) Raced keenly, prominent, driven and effort over 2f out, lost place over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 17th of 19, 15l behind Danchai (8-11) at York 1m 2f hcp (2) gf.
Nameitwhatyoulike 14-1 (9-9) In touch on outside, ridden and effort 2f out, kept on same pace, gradually weakened inside final furlong, 11th of 14, 10l behind The Rectifier (9-11) at York 1m hcp 0-95 (3) gf.
Shamdarley (IRE) 6-1 (9-13) Took keen hold tracking lader, led over 2f out, driven clear over 1f out, stayed on strongly, won at Kempton 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol beating Silverheels (10-0) by 1 1/2l, 9 ran.
Mehdi (IRE) 25-1 (9-7) Always towards rear, 9th of 11, 6l behind Al's Memory (8-10) at Chester 6f hcp 105 (2) gf.
Al Khan (IRE) 3-1 (9-12) Tracked leaders, ridden and effort over 1f out, kept on same pace under pressure inside final furlong, went 3rd final stride, not reach leaders, 3rd of 10, 1 1/4l behind Head Space (9-7) at Redcar 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Dark Castle 9-2 (9-3) In touch, headway on inner approaching final furlong, ridden and ran on to lead well inside final furlong, won at Pontefract 6f hcp 0-90 (3) gf beating Links Drive Lady (9-8) by 1/2l, 11 ran.
Verse Of Love 9-2fav (10-2) Made all, ridden over 1f out, held on well, won at Chester 1m ldy hcp (4) gf beating My Single Malt (9-6) by nk, 11 ran.