High Standing won this on a fast surface in 2009 and though he's yet to show his best this year, he does have form on soft ground and could bounce back at a big price today. Four times a winner last season, HOOF IT continued his upward curve on his return to action at York last month. He ran out an impressive winner on that occasion and, proven in big fields with cut in the ground, Mick Easterby's charge is fancied to land this. Any further rain could be a problem for Masamah and Pastoral Player, who had four of today's rivals behind when scoring at Newmarket last month, while the admirable Listed winner Anne Of Kiev is unproven on a slow surface. The same comment applies to Victoire De Lyphar, but he's trained by Dandy Nicholls and can't be left out of calculations on that score alone, while Deacon Blues is another to consider as he's still improving and soft ground is no problem.
High Standing (USA) 15-8fav (9-4) Went left start close up, ridden over 2f out, headway to chase winner over 1f out, no impression final furlong, 2nd of 4, 8l behind Elnawin (9-4) at Salisbury 6f Listed stks 3yo (1) gs.
Masamah (IRE) 9-2fav (9-9) Slowly into stride, towards rar, headway in centre over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, nearest finish, 8th of 16, 1 1/2l behind Captain Dunne (9-10) at Epsom Downs 5f hcp (2) gf.
Hoof It 7-1 (9-1) Held up mid-division, headway 2f out, ridden to lead 1f out, stayed on well under pressure final furlong, won at York 6f hcp 0-105 (2) gd in May beating Horseradish (9-2) by 1l, 20 ran.
Evens And Odds (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) Slight lead until over 5f out, chased leader until over 3f out, ridden and weakened inside final 2f, last of 8, 8l behind Bated Breath (9-0) at Windsor 6f Listed stks 3yo (1) gf in May.
Victoire De Lyphar (IRE) 9-5fav (9-0) With leader, led halfway, headed over 1f out, faded, 4th of 5, 8l behind Bated Breath (9-0) at Haydock 6f cond Stakes (2) gd in May.
Mister Hughie (IRE) 40-1 (9-7) Mid-division, outpaced 2f out, never on terms, 13th of 20, 9l behind Hoof It (9-1) at York 6f hcp 0-105 (2) gd in May.
Pastoral Player 12-1 (9-1) Slowly into stride, raced center towards, headway over 1f out, ridden to lead when flashed tail inside final furlong, ran on, won at Newmarket 6f hcp (2) gf in May beating Fratellino (8-9) by 2l, 24 ran.
Rock Jock (IRE) 14-1 (9-7) Prominent, 2nd halfway, driven along and dropped to 6th over 1f out, no extra, 8th of 11, 7l behind Inxile (9-10) at Cork 6f Listed stks 3yo (1) gd in Apr.
Anne of Kiev (IRE) 11-1 (9-6) Dwelt, towards rear, headway over 1f out, ridden inside final furlong, led last 100 yards, kept on well, won at Haydock 6f fll lst stks (1) gf in May beating Dubai Media (9-2) by 2l, 16 ran.
Prime Defender 25-1 (9-7) Mid-division, pushed along and headway 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 11th of 14, 9l behind Delegator (9-7) at York 6f Grp 2 (1) gd in May.
Blue Jack 9-1 (9-7) Slow into stride, in rear, edged right and kept on final furlong, never nearer, 10th of 18, 6l behind Ancient Cross (8-5) at York 5f hcp 0-105 (2) gd in May.
Burning Thread (IRE) 50-1 (9-1) Reared start, mid-division, headway and switched left over 1f out, led inside final furlong, kept on well, won at Musselburgh 5f hcp 105 (2) gf beating Verinco (8-8) by 1l, 16 ran.
Mac's Power (IRE) 13-2 (9-7) Held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, ridden to press winner 1f out, ran on, just held, 2nd of 18, hd behind Novellen Lad (8-10) at Newbury 6f hcp 0-100 (2) gf in May.
Waffle (IRE) 15-2fav (9-9) In touch, ridden and headway entering final furlong, stayed on towards finish, not pace to challenge, 4th of 19, 2 3/4l behind Masamah (9-9) at York 5f hcp 105 (2) gd in May.
Lui Rei (ITY) 9-1 (9-2) Well in rear, good headway on outside over 1f out, strong run inside final furlong, finished well, went 4th last strides, 4th of 15, 2l behind Swiss Cross (9-0) at Epsom Downs 6f hcp 0-100 (2) gf.
Swilly Ferry (USA) 25-1 (9-2) Prominent, lost place 2f out, soon weakened, 19th of 20, 18l behind Hoof It (9-1) at York 6f hcp 0-105 (2) gd in May.
Imperial Guest 12-1 (9-3) Close up, smooth headway over 2f out, hung right over 1f out, led 1f out, kept on gamely to hold on near finish, won at Ascot 6f hcp 0-95 (3) gf in May beating Deacon Blues (9-7) by nk, 18 ran.
Fathsta (IRE) 10-1 (9-9) Chased leaders, pushed along over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, eased towards finish, 8th of 13, 3l behind Crown Choice (9-8) at Goodwood 6f hcp 105 (2) gf in May.
Colonel Mak 16-1 (9-5) Behind far side group and outpaced, weakened 2f out, 13th of 16, 12l behind Burning Thread (9-1) at Musselburgh 5f hcp 105 (2) gf.
Deacon Blues 8-1 (9-7) Steadied start, held up towards rear, smooth headway, travelling well 2f out, not clear run and switched left over 1f out, strong run inside final furlong, went 2nd last strides, not reach winner, 2nd of 18, nk behind Imperial Guest (9-3) at Ascot 6f hcp 0-95 (3) gf in May.
Love Delta (USA) 10-1 (9-6) Raced wide in mid-divsion, ridden along halfway, weakened 2f out, last of 15, 10l behind Swiss Cross (9-0) at Epsom Downs 6f hcp 0-100 (2) gf.
Gramercy (IRE) 16-1 (9-3) Outpaced in rear, never a factor, 18th of 20, 45l behind Fathsta (8-13) at York 6f hcp 105 (2) sft in Oct.
Nasri 20-1 (8-8) Slight lead, strongly pressed from 2f out, kept on well, ridden and headed 1f out, lost 2nd soon after, but stayed on, 3rd of 28, 3 1/2l behind Hawkeyethenoo (8-7) at Ascot 7f hcp (2) gf in May.
Swiss Cross 9-2fav (9-0) Chased leader, led on inside over 2f out, clear over 1f out, held on close home, all out, won at Epsom Downs 6f hcp 0-100 (2) gf beating Tajneed (9-7) by 1/2l, 15 ran.
Barney McGrew (IRE) 14-1 (9-5) Towards rear, headway over 2f out, ridden and weakened final furlong, 13th of 20, 7l behind Smarty Socks (8-11) at Doncaster 7f hcp 0-105 (2) gf.
Golden Desert (IRE) 33-1 (8-13) Started slowly, always in rear, 27th of 28, 34l behind Hawkeyethenoo (8-7) at Ascot 7f hcp (2) gf in May.
Global City (IRE) 13-2 (8-13) Chased leaders, one pace final 200m, 8th of 12, 5l behind Bankable (8-13) at Meydan(UAE) 6f Group 3 stks (3yo+) (1) in Mar.
Cheveton 10-1 (9-3) In rear, ridden over 1f out, never dangerous, 10th of 16, 8l behind Burning Thread (9-1) at Musselburgh 5f hcp 105 (2) gf.