TULLIUS won a similar contest by over three lengths at Sandown in April. A couple of good efforts in Group 1 company have followed and he's taken to land this confirming latest running in the Queen Anne at Ascot with Producer and Mull Of Killough in the process. The latter and Guest Of Honour filled the placed in last year's renewal with Trumpet Major well beaten but Long John may prove a bigger threat. He won a Group 3 at Meydan in March and returns from a lay-off while Graphic finished ahead of Highland Knight at Epsom before winning in France last week and should also go well. Empire Storm, The Rectifier and Zambucca look up against it on today's terms.
Tullius (IRE) 11-1 (9-0) Held up in last pair, headway near side over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, not quite pace to challenge, 4th of 10, 2 1/2l behind Toronado (9-0) at Royal Ascot 1m Grp 1 (1) gd in Jun.
Baltic Knight (IRE) 7-1 (9-4) Held up in last trio, headway on outside 2f out, went 2nd and strong challenge inside final furlong, stayed on under pressure, always just held, 2nd of 10, nk behind Custom Cut (9-4) at Windsor 1m Listed stks (1) gs in Jun.
Empire Storm (GER) 25-1 (9-4) Tracked leaders, led 3f out, ridden and headed well over 1f out, chased winner until not quicken inside final furlong, 3rd of 10, 2 1/4l behind Custom Cut (9-4) at Windsor 1m Listed stks (1) gs in Jun.
Graphic (IRE) 4-5fav (9-1) won at Maisons-Laffitte(FR) 1m Grp 3 gs beating Pilote (9-1) by 1 1/2l, 5 ran.
Guest of Honour (IRE) 3-1 (9-7) Held up in 5th, closed going well over 2f out, led over 1f out, driven inside final furlong, kept on well, won at York 1m Listed stks (1) gd in Jun beating Fencing (9-7) by 1/2l, 7 ran.
Highland Knight (IRE) 14-1 (9-8) Led, ridden 2f out, headed 1f out, soon lost 2nd, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, lost 3rd towards finish, 4th of 7, 4l behind French Navy (9-5) at Epsom Downs 1m Grp 3 (1) gd in Jun.
Long John (AUS) 2-1fav (9-5) 6th of 12, 10l behind Toast Of New York (8-9) at Meydan(UAE) 1m 1f 3yo Grp 2 (1) in Mar.
Mull Of Killough (IRE) 20-1 (9-0) Slight lead until over 4f out, pressed leader, ridden to lead again 2f out until over 1f out, weakened entering final furlong, 8th of 10, 6l behind Toronado (9-0) at Royal Ascot 1m Grp 1 (1) gd in Jun.
Producer 25-1 (9-0) Steadied start, held up last, plenty to do in last pair over 1f out, stayed on under pressure inside final furlong, never going pace to reach leaders, 5th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Toronado (9-0) at Royal Ascot 1m Grp 1 (1) gd in Jun.
The Rectifier (USA) 6-1 (10-0) Made all, hard ridden over 2f out, stayed on strongly, won at Salisbury 1m hcp 0-100 (2) gf in Jun beating Magic City (9-7) by 1l, 9 ran.
Trumpet Major (IRE) 25-1 (9-6) Held up towards rear, never a factor, last of 28, 17l behind Field Of Dream (9-1) at Royal Ascot 1m hcp (2) gf in Jun.
Zambucca (SAF) 33-1 (9-0) Midfield, lost place over 3f out, eased over 1f out, 7th of 8, well behind Sheikhzayedroad (9-0) at Newmarket 1m 4f Listed stks (1) gs in Jun.