Cristoforo Colombo and Lines Of Battle both won on their respective debuts at Navan and the Curragh and represent Ballydoyle, who this last year with Power. But the Hannon team are usually mob-handed in this Group 2 contest and normally have at least one above-average colt in the line-up. They have four entries this year, aiming to add to the yard's victories in 2009 and 2010, and SIR PRANCEALOT could be the one this time. Sandown's National Stakes is normally a decent pointer to the Royal meeting and the Tamayuz colt beat Top Boy by more than four lengths in that without being asked a serious question. Dawn Approach has to go on the short-list having won all three starts while Indian Jade impressed when beating the odds-on New Pearl at Pontefract and his earlier win at Beverley has been franked. Artigiano was only third to Funk Soul Brother at York but improved to win at Leicester, though more is needed here, and Funk Soul Brother's stable companion Englishman has to step up on his victory over 5f at Newbury to figure. Heavy Metal couldn't land the hat-trick at Epsom and may also struggle.
Artigiano (USA) 11-10fav (9-3) Always prominent, led over 2f out, pushed clear from over 1f out, easily, won at Leicester 6f 2yo mdn (4) gf in May beating Pearl Noir (9-3) by 6l, 11 ran.
Baddilini 5-1 (9-1) Pushed along and outpaced towards rear, headway on inside over 1f out, stayed on to 3rd towards finish, never going pace to reach leading duo, 3rd of 8, 4l behind All Fur Coat (8-7) at Chester 5f 2yo stks (2) sft in May.
Cristoforo Colombo (USA) 7-2 (9-5) Disputed early, soon tracked leader in 2nd, improved to lead 1 1/2f out, pushed out to assert over 1f out, kept on strongly final furlong, won at Navan 6f 2yo mdn gd in May beating Scream Blue Murder (9-0) by 1 1/2l, 8 ran.
Dark Emerald (IRE) 20-1 (9-3) In touch, headway and switched right over 1f out, chased winner inside final furlong, no impression, 2nd of 6, 3 1/2l behind Olympic Glory (9-3) at Goodwood 6f 2yo mdn (5) gs.
Dawn Approach (IRE) 4-9fav (9-3) Tracked leader in 2nd, ridden to lead over 1f out, driven out to assert inside final furlong, stayed on well, won at Naas 6f 2yo lst stk (1) gf beating Mister Marc (9-3) by 2 3/4l, 6 ran.
Englishman 9-2 (9-3) Held up in mid-division, outpaced over 1f out, ridden and ran on strongly to lead towards finish, readily, won at Newbury 5f 2yo mdn (4) sft in Apr beating Smoothtalkinrascal (9-3) by 1l, 11 ran.
Funk Soul Brother 8-1 (9-3) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, led over 1f out, ran on well, ridden out, won at York 6f 2yo mdn (3) gd in May beating Newstead Abbey (9-3) by 1/2l, 13 ran.
Heavy Metal 11-4 (9-0) Chased leaders, ridden and edged left inside final 2f, strong challenge and every chance throughout final furlong, brushed right last strides, just failed, 2nd of 7, shd behind Chilworth Icon (9-0) at Epsom Downs 6f Listed stks 2yo (1) gf.
Indian Jade 13-2 (8-12) Tracked leader, pushed along over 2f out, ridden to challenge 1f out, led inside final furlong, ran on, won at Pontefract 6f 2yo stks (2) gf beating New Pearl (8-12) by 1 1/2l, 3 ran.
Jubilee Brig 4-7fav (9-3) Made all, ridden and asserted final furlong, ran on well, won at Kempton 5f 2yo mdn auc stks (6) pol beating Three Crowns (8-12) by 2 1/2l, 6 ran.
King Dragon (IRE) 25-1 (9-3) Dwelt, behind, steady headway halfway, stayed on inside final furlong, almost snatched 2nd, 3rd of 11, 2 1/4l behind Tipping Over (8-12) at Newmarket 6f 2yo mdn (4) gs.
Leitir Mor (IRE) 11-10fav (9-5) Soon disputed lead, definite leader well over 1f out, pressed inside final furlong, headed and kept on same pace closing stages, 2nd of 8, 3/4l behind Gale Force Ten (9-5) at Curragh 6f 2yo mdn sft.
Lines Of Battle (USA) 5-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders, 3rd halfway, headway to dispute 2f out and led narrowly 1f out, pushed out and kept on best inside final furlong, snugly, won at Curragh 6f 2yo mdn gd in May beating Leitir Mor (9-5) by hd, 12 ran.
Living Desert 17-2 (9-0) In touch, headway over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, never reached winner, 2nd of 8, 3/4l behind Amazonas (8-9) at Yarmouth 6f 2yo nov stk (5) gf.
Master Of War 6-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, led 2f out, ridden over 1f out, stayed on strongly, won at Haydock 6f 2yo mdn (5) gd beating Deauville Prince (9-3) by 2 1/4l, 10 ran.
Mrs Brown's Boy 5-1 (8-12) In touch, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 8, 3l behind Lastchancelucas (8-12) at York 5f 2yo nov stk (3) gd in May.
New Pearl (IRE) 1-6fav (8-12) Led, set steady pace, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra, 2nd of 3, 1 1/2l behind Indian Jade (8-12) at Pontefract 6f 2yo stks (2) gf.
Olympic Glory (IRE) 6-4fav (9-3) Dwelt, towards rear and in touch, headway over 2f out, led 1f out, stayed on strongly to go clear inside final furlong, eased towards finish, won at Goodwood 6f 2yo mdn (5) gs beating Dark Emerald (9-3) by 3 1/2l, 6 ran.
Party Royal 5-4fav (9-3) Made all, shaken up over 1f out, pushed clear, readily, won at Ayr 6f 2yo mdn (4) gf in May beating Cappadocia (9-3) by 2l, 9 ran.
Sir Prancealot (IRE) 15-8fav (9-0) Held up in touch, rapid headway 2f out, soon not clear run, switched right approaching final furlong, led just inside final furlong, quickened clear, impressive, won at Sandown 5f Listed stks 2yo (1) gf in May beating Top Boy (9-0) by 4 1/2l, 9 ran.
The Taj (USA) 5-6fav (9-3) Always prominent, every chance over 2f out, led over 1f out, driven clear inside final furlong, easily, won at Doncaster 6f 2yo mdn (5) sft beating Hasopop (9-3) by 2 1/4l, 9 ran.
Top Boy 12-1 (9-0) Towards rear, headway 2f out, ridden to lead entering final furlong, soon headed and outpaced by impressive winner, 2nd of 9, 4 1/2l behind Sir Prancealot (9-0) at Sandown 5f Listed stks 2yo (1) gf in May.
Whitfield (USA) 1-2fav (9-3) Tracked leaders, ridden to chase leader over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 3rd of 8, 6l behind Chelwood Gate (9-3) at Newcastle 6f 2yo mdn aut (6) gd.