ELZAAM had Genki and Royal Rock behind when an excellent fourth in the Group 1 Golden Jubilee Stakes over C&D on soft ground in June. He doesn't like Newmarket so can be forgiven his subsequent run in the July Cup when just behind the consistent Genki and War Artist. Slowly away when a place behind Roger Charlton's sprinter at Haydock last time, Roger Varian's three-year-old can come out on top today on 3lb better terms. Gramercy is difficult to win with but is the type that runs better in decent company and he could sneak into a place here at decent odds, while Perfect Tribute is back over this trip for the first time since winning a Listed race over C&D in the spring and can't be ignored. Dinkum Diamond is usually thereabouts but is probably better over 5f so Desert Poppy may be the pick of the remainder.
Genki (IRE) 20-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, held up in rear, headway stands side over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, unable to reach leading trio, 4th of 16, 1 1/2l behind Dream Ahead (9-1) at Haydock 6f Grp 1 (1) gf in Sep.
Dazeen 13-2 (9-3) Held up in rear, not clear run well over 2f out, headway on inside over 1f out, ridden and every chance inside final furlong, kept on, 3rd of 10, 1/2l behind Shifting Star (9-3) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Sep.
Gramercy (IRE) 5-4fav (8-9) In rear, pushed along over 2f out, soon switched left, effort 1f out, ridden and unable to quicken inside final furlong, 4th of 6, 3l behind Royal Rock (8-9) at Yarmouth 6f cond Stakes (3) gd in Sep.
Perfect Tribute 16-1 (8-8) Reared start, held up towards rear, headway to get in behind leaders over 2f out, weakened quickly entering final 2f, 8th of 9, 21l behind Excelebration (8-13) at Newbury 7f Grp 2 (1) gd in Aug.
Royal Rock 9-4 (8-9) In touch, headway to chase leader 2f out, ridden to lead 1f out, ran on, won at Yarmouth 6f cond Stakes (3) gd in Sep beating Bathwick Bear (8-7) by 1 1/2l, 6 ran.
War Artist (AUS) 7-1 (8-12) Tracked leaders, ridden and not quicken 2f out, one pace, 11th of 12 Prohibit (9-6) at Longchamp(FR) 5f Grp 3 (1) gd in Sep.
Dinkum Diamond (IRE) 7-1 (8-13) Held up in rear, ridden inside final 2f, headway over 1f out, stayed on to 3rd closing stages, finished well, 3rd of 10, 1 3/4l behind Deacon Blues (9-3) at Newbury 5f Grp 3 (1) gd in Sep.
Elzaam (AUS) 16-1 (9-1) Held up towards raer, hung left over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, not pace to reach leading quartett, 5th of 16, 3 1/2l behind Dream Ahead (9-1) at Haydock 6f Grp 1 (1) gf in Sep.
Desert Poppy (IRE) 12-1 (8-9) Mid-division centre, headway, 2f out, ridden over 1f out, led inside final furlong, strongly challenged towards finish, edged right and headed post, 2nd of 10, ns behind Monsieur Chevalier (9-0) at Goodwood 6f Listed stks 3yo (1) gs in Sep.
Rose Bonheur 5-1 (8-12) Chased leaders, pushed along in 6th halfway, ridden in 5th 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 9, 10l behind Bewitched (9-3) at Curragh 6f Grp 3 (1) in Sep.