Many of these are old rivals so this is a tricky puzzle to solve. TAAJUB finished behind Stone Of Folca and Desert Law at Epsom at the start of June but has improved since and reversed that form with the latter over this C&D two weeks ago when runner-up to Barnet Fair. Zero Money was just behind but, as Roger Charlton's charge re-opposes on identical terms, the placings should be confirmed and Peter Crate's five-year-old can go one better today. Lui Rei was an excellent third in last week's Stewards' Cup at Goodwood and beat Judge 'n Jury at the same track in May. The drop back to 5f on good ground may count against him, however, Steps has a good chance of reversing the May form on 8lb better terms as he came right back to form at Newmarket three weeks ago. Elnawin has a touch of class but the weight to match and is still 3lb higher than his last winning mark while Ahtoug may lack the speed for this.
Elnawin 11-10fav (8-9) Waited with in front, ridden and headed narrowly entering final 2f, every chance until no extra near finish, 2nd of 5, 1l behind Elusivity (8-9) at Newmarket 5f cond Stakes (3) sft in Jul.
Judge 'n Jury 16-1 (9-4) Stumbled start raced centre and overall leader, ridden and headed inside final furlong, no extra, 8th of 21, 1 3/4l behind Taajub (8-10) at Ascot 5f hcp (2) gd in Jul.
Lui Rei (ITY) 20-1 (9-2) Raced centre, chased leaders, ridden to lead narrowly inside final furlong, headed well inside final furlong, lost 2nd towards finish, 3rd of 27, 1l behind Hawkeyethenoo (9-9) at Goodwood 6f hcp (2) gd.
Desert Law (IRE) 13-2 (9-3) Held up in rear, headway over 1f out, never on terms, 8th of 18, 2 1/4l behind Barnet Fair (8-3) at Ascot 5f hcp (2) fm in Jul.
Taajub (IRE) 17-2 (8-13) Chased leaders, not clear run over 1f out, soon switched right to challenge, every chance inside final furlong, ran on, 2nd of 18, nk behind Barnet Fair (8-3) at Ascot 5f hcp (2) fm in Jul.
Zero Money (IRE) 5-1fav (8-13) Tracked leader, led over 1f out, soon strongly challenged, headed well inside final furlong, no extra, 3rd of 18, 1/2l behind Barnet Fair (8-3) at Ascot 5f hcp (2) fm in Jul.
Stone Of Folca 28-1 (9-1) Raced rar side, chased leader, pushed along 3f out, ridden 2f out, staying on same pace and well held when carried right inside final furlong, 9th of 17, 5l behind Ortensia (9-5) at Goodwood 5f Grp 2 (1) gd.
B Fifty Two (IRE) 14-1 (8-11) 6th of 12, 3 1/2l behind Monsieur Joe (9-5) at Deauville(FR) 5f Listed stks (1) sft.
Ahtoug 7-2 (9-5) Held up in touch, headway over 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, 5th of 8, 1 1/4l behind Chilli Green (8-5) at Goodwood 6f hcp 105 (2) gd in May.
Steps (IRE) 3-1fav (9-10) In touch in rear, not clear run from over 1f out, ridden and quickened to lead inside final furlong, ran on, won at Newmarket 5f hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Jul beating Noverre To Go (9-4) by 1 1/4l, 9 ran.
Burning Thread (IRE) 25-1 (8-7) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, soon chasing leaders, weakened final furlong, 7th of 18, 1 3/4l behind Barnet Fair (8-3) at Ascot 5f hcp (2) fm in Jul.
Fair Value (IRE) 20-1 (9-8) Led centre and overall, ridden and headed inside final furlong, weakened and lost places towards finish, 6th of 28, 3 1/2l behind Johannes (9-0) at Goodwood 6f hcp (2) gd.