TOBACCO ROAD was beaten only a length despite finishing fourth at Sandown last time. This looks less competitive and he gets the vote on that basis though plenty of others have a shout. Epic Battle can figure off a 3lb higher mark than when scoring at Pontefract and Raskova scored easily at Nottingham last time, though she has a 9lb hike in the weights to contend with. Eurystheus got his head in front at York last month while Headline News has the beating of Tinshu on collateral form after finishing a close-up fourth at Windsor.
Tobacco Road (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) Held up in mid-division on outside, wide on bend into home straight, headway on wide outside 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, took 4th final 50 yards, never quite going pace to reach leaders, 4th of 11, 3/4l behind Chain Of Events (8-13) at Sandown 1m 2f hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Jun.
Saoi (USA) 16-1 (9-8) Held up last, good headway on outside 2f out, went 2nd 1f out, challenged inside final furlong and stayed on in closing stages, always just held, 2nd of 10, hd behind I'm Fraam Govan (9-8) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Oct.
Double Discount (IRE) 7-2 (9-5) Soon tracking leaders, effort over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 5th of 9, 5l behind Dolphin Village (8-7) at Thirsk 1m 4f hcp 0-90 (3) gf in Jun.
Charles Camoin (IRE) 8-1 (8-9) Held up towards rear, last pair and plenty to do over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, never going pace of leading duo, 7th of 12, 12l behind Farraaj (9-8) at Epsom Downs 1m 2f hcp (2) gd in Jun.
Epic Battle (IRE) 20-1 (9-7) Tracked leaders, pushed along from 3f out, switched right and headway to chase leader over 1f out, driven to lead final 75 yards, ran on, won at Pontefract 1m 2f hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Jun beating Legal Waves (9-3) by nk, 7 ran.
Weapon Of Choice (IRE) 25-1 (8-6) Close up, ridden when weakened over 1f out, 13th of 14, 18l behind Sennockian Star (9-1) at Epsom Downs 1m 2f hcp 0-105 (2) gs in Apr.
Raskova (USA) 9-4fav (9-4) In touch, switched right to chase leaders over 2f out, led approaching final furlong, ran on well, won at Nottingham 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Jun beating No Win No Fee (8-8) by 3l, 6 ran.
Headline News (IRE) 7-1 (9-7) Held up in rear, pushed along and kept on inside final furlong, finished well but never able to challenge, 4th of 9, 1 3/4l behind Perfect Cracker (8-6) at Windsor 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jun.
Eurystheus (IRE) 11-1 (9-4) Tracked leaders, ridden to close over 3f out, led 2f out, held on, won at York 1m 1f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Jun beating Artful Prince (9-0) by hd, 18 ran.
Tinshu (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) Tracked leading trio, went 3rd 3f out, 2nd 2f out, led soon after, ridden and headed inside final furlong, chased winner, kept on same pace and dropped to 3rd final 75 yards, 3rd of 8, 2 1/4l behind Perfect Cracker (8-10) at Windsor 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Jun.
Commissar 7-1 (8-13) Steadied start, held up last, some headway and switched right over 1f out, driven and no impression final furlong, 6th of 8, 8l behind Perfect Cracker (8-10) at Windsor 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Jun.
Collaboration 6-1 (8-6) Close up, ridden 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 12th of 13, 18l behind Hesketh Bank (8-7) at Musselburgh 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Jun.