JAWAAB can make the most of this drop in class by beating Mistoffelees and last year's winner Run For Ede's. Mark Buckley's charge scored over this trip two starts back off 77 and is only 2lbs higher here. That appears generous considering he's since taken third to a subsequent winner when unfavoured by a stop-start gallop and that was a more competitive race than this one, so he's taken to gain compensation. Mistoffelees makes the most appeal of the last-time-out winners, having scored tidily at Yarmouth under this rider. 6lbs higher here, he's got more to do in a better race but is the least exposed of these and could continue his progression. Run For Ede's won this last year off 7lbs lower but can't be ruled out on handicapping grounds as she showed at Windsor last time that she can be competitive off this sort of rating. She seems to go well here at Ascot and must be considered. Sgt Schultz got off the mark on turf last time and can't be discounted under this revised rating but he's better on artificial surfaces and Brouhaha isn't a certain stayer so Peintre d'Argent could be best of the rest, having acquitted herself well at York last time in a similar contest. This is a good way to round of proceedings and hopefully we can round off with a winner ourselves, with Jawaab the horse charged with the task of providing us with it.
Brouhaha 11-1 (9-0) Held up in rear, ridden over 1f out, switched inside and stayed on inside final furlong, never nearer, 4th of 8, 8l behind Inspirina (8-11) at Chester 1m 3f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jun.
Jawaab (IRE) 17-2 (9-4) Tracked leaders going well, ridden and no impression over 2f out, switched right over 1f out, stayed on to go 3rd near finish, 3rd of 8, 3 1/2l behind Jutland (8-5) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Jun.
Run For Ede's 5-1 (9-0) Took keen hold, held up in last pair, good headway on wide outside over 2f out, soon hung left, went 2nd final furlong, no impression on winner, 2nd of 10, 1 1/4l behind Some Sunny Day (8-11) at Windsor 1m 4f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in May.
Sgt Schultz (IRE) 3-1 (9-2) Held up in 5th, effort on wide outside and ridden to lead 1f out, stayed on well, ridden out, won at Newbury 1m 3f app hcp 0-70 (5) gf beating Kings Troop (9-10) by 3/4l, 6 ran.
Mistoffelees 5-2 (9-3) Dwelt, tracked leaders, not much room over 2f out, switched right to chase leader over 1f out, led inside final furlong, ran on, won at Yarmouth 1m 3f app hcp (6) gf beating Iceman George (9-5) by 3 1/2l, 6 ran.
Brooklyn Spirit 16-1 (8-4) Soon mid-division on inside, pushed along 3f out, soon no progress, 9th of 11, 11l behind Outrageous Request (9-0) at Sandown 1m 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Jun.
Peintre d'Argent (IRE) 7-1 (8-0) Chased leaders, quickened to lead over 3f out, headed over 1f out, no extra and lost 2nd towards finish, 3rd of 15, 2 1/2l behind Tropical Bachelor (8-5) at York 1m 4f app hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Jun.