PRINCE OF JOHANNE races off the same mark as when beating Excellent Guest, Don't Call Me and Field Of Dream in this 12 months ago and looked to be on the way back when second to Navajo Chief at York last time. He's 4lb better off with the latter now and should turn the tables and that run gives him the beating of Two For Two, Moran Gra and Es Que Love. Tom Tate's charge loves these big-field handicaps and, probably well drawn towards the far side, looks the one to beat again. Excellent Guest won the Victoria Cup over 7f here last month and is also respected, though is 4lb higher than last year, while Educate is an interesting runner. He's won four of his last five starts and will be held up for a late run here by Jamie Spencer. Goodwood scorer Burke's Rock is a possible improver near the foot of the weights and has Frankie on board while Chester winner Captain Bertie has just got into the handicap and could be dangerous, though he was only 11th last year and would probably have preferred some rain. Elusive Time and David Livingston represent Japan and South Africa respectively but neither make much appeal at the weights and Johnny Murtagh's first Royal Ascot runner as a trainer, Sweet Lightning, will do well to figure under a welter burden.
Sweet Lightning 3-1 (9-9) Soon led, ridden and headed 1 1/2f out, disputed 2nd inside final furlong, no extra in 3rd close home, 3rd of 5, 1l behind Duntle (9-9) at Leopardstown 1m Grp 3 (1) in May.
Premio Loco (USA) 9-1 (9-0) Always towards rear, 7th of 8, 9l behind Amarillo (9-0) at Haydock 7f Grp 3 (1) gf.
Elusive Time (IRE) (9-4) won at Taby(SWE) 5f Listed stks gd in Sep, 5 ran.
Don't Call Me (IRE) 5-1 (9-2) Tracked leader, ridden to lead 2f out, soon pressed, headed final strides, 2nd of 4, hd behind Moonstone Magic (8-11) at Nottingham 1m cond Stakes (2) sft in May.
Navajo Chief 12-1 (9-1) Raced wide in touch, progress over 2f out, led 1f out, ran on, won at York 1m listed hcp 0-110 (1) gd in May beating Prince Of Johanne (9-1) by 1 1/2l, 15 ran.
Trade Commissioner (IRE) 4-1fav (9-0) In touch, ridden 2f out, no impression, 6th of 11, 7l behind French Navy (9-0) at Newmarket 1m Listed stks 3yo (1) sft in Nov.
Sandagiyr (FR) 10-1 (9-0) 7th of 13, 4l behind Mufarrh (9-6) at Meydan(UAE) 1m hcp in Feb.
David Livingston (IRE) 5-1fav (8-11) 7th of 12, 5l behind Anaerobio (8-9) at Meydan(UAE) 7f hcp gd in Feb.
Two For Two (IRE) 7-2fav (9-1) Close up, effort over 1f out, kept on one pace inside final furlong, 4th of 15, 1 3/4l behind Navajo Chief (9-1) at York 1m listed hcp 0-110 (1) gd in May.
Fury 4-1 (9-2) Racedd keenly, led, ridden over 2f out, headed 2f out, soon lost 2nd, dropped to 4th over 1f out and and soon weakened, 4th of 6, 4 1/2l behind Guest of Honour (9-2) at Windsor 1m Listed stks 3yo (1) gd in May.
Santefisio 14-1 (9-7) Slowly into stride, held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, one pace and no impression, 9th of 15, 7l behind Norse Blues (8-8) at Thirsk 1m hcp 0-100 (2) gf in May.
Burwaaz 4-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, soon beaten, no extra inside final furlong, last of 6, 2 1/4l behind Regal Parade (9-0) at Haydock 6f cond Stakes (2) gs in May.
Prince Of Johanne (IRE) 16-1 (9-1) Tracked leader, led 3f out, headed over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 2nd of 15, 1 1/2l behind Navajo Chief (9-1) at York 1m listed hcp 0-110 (1) gd in May.
Fire Ship 16-1 (10-0) Held up, ridden and headway 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, never nearer, 7th of 15, 5l behind Roserrow (9-5) at Sandown 1m hcp 0-100 (2) gd.
Directorship 20-1 (9-4) Steadied start, held up, headway over 2f out, led inside final furlong, ran on, won at Newmarket 1m hcp 0-95 (3) gd in May beating Tigers Tale (8-4) by 3 1/2l, 14 ran.
Educate Evensfav (9-2) Dwelt, tracked leaders, driven to lead over 1f out, edged left inside final furlong, ran on well, won at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-100 (2) sft in May beating Sheikhzayedroad (9-1) by 2l, 3 ran.
Field Of Dream 8-1 (9-7) Steadied start, held up well in rear, never in race, 8th of 10, 16l behind Head Of Steam (8-8) at Goodwood 7f hcp 0-100 (2) gd in May.
Es Que Love (IRE) 9-2 (9-3) Slowly into stride, soon chasing leaders, ridden to challenge over 1f out, every chance inside final furlong, no extra closing stages, 2nd of 10, 1/2l behind Clockmaker (8-8) at Musselburgh 7f hcp 0-100 (2) gf.
Arsaadi (IRE) 9-1 (9-10) Chased leader, ridden to lead 3f out, headed 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 11, 24l behind Gifted Girl (9-0) at Ascot 1m fll hcp (2) gf in May.
Excellent Guest 25-1 (8-10) In touch in mid-division, headway over 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, soon switched right, ridden and ran on to lead final 100 yards, won at Ascot 7f hcp (2) gf in May beating Bertiewhittle (8-10) by 1/2l, 26 ran.
Stirring Ballad 5-2 (9-7) Held up in last pair, pushed along 2f out, headway between horses over 1f out, stayed on under pressure inside final furlong, nearest finish, 4th of 7, 1 1/2l behind Burke's Rock (9-7) at Goodwood 1m fll lst stks (1) gd in May.
Belgian Bill 33-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, ridden 2f out, soon weakened, 15th of 25, 16l behind Haaf A Sixpence (8-3) at Newbury 1m hcp 0-105 (2) gs in Apr.
Global Village (IRE) 9-1 (9-0) Held up towards rear, headway under pressure over 1f out, edged left inside final furlong, went 3rd final 100 yards until one pace nearing finish, 4th of 25, 1 3/4l behind Haaf A Sixpence (8-3) at Newbury 1m hcp 0-105 (2) gs in Apr.
Toto Skyllachy 16-1 (9-9) Chased leaders, pushed along 3f out, ridden over 1f out, no extra towards finish, 5th of 12, 3 1/2l behind Area Fifty One (9-9) at Chester 1m 2f hcp 105 (2) gd.
Burke's Rock 12-1 (9-7) Tracked leaders disputing 3rd, headway on outside approaching final 2f, went 2nd over 1f out, soon challenging, led 1f out, stayed on well, ridden out, won at Goodwood 1m fll lst stks (1) gd in May beating Sentaril (9-10) by 1/2l, 7 ran.
Winter's Night (IRE) 12-1 (9-0) Took keen hold and tracked leaders in 3rd, ridden and dropped to 6th over 1f out, no extra, 6th of 9, 5l behind Emulous (9-5) at Curragh 1m flls Grp 3 (1) gd in May '12.
Redact (IRE) 9-2 (9-2) Held up, ridden 4f out, headway 2f out, edged left over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, went 3rd close home, 3rd of 6, 2 1/2l behind Pintura (9-2) at York 7f cond Stakes (3) gd in May.
Spa's Dancer (IRE) 2-1fav (9-4) Raced wide early and prominent, went 2nd over 4f out, ridden to lead well over 1f out, kept on well final furlong, won at Sandown 1m hcp 0-95 (3) gs in May beating Shamaal Nibras (9-2) by 2 1/4l, 9 ran.
Moran Gra (USA) 7-1 (9-11) Soon tracked leaders, 4th 1f out, soon no impression under pressure, kept on same pace, 6th of 23, 4l behind Fiesolana (9-2) at Curragh 1m hcp gf in May.
Captain Bertie (IRE) 9-4fav (8-12) Tracked leaders, not much room after 1f, ridden to go 2nd and edged left 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, led close home, won at Chester 1m hcp 0-105 (2) gs in May beating Chosen Character (8-12) by nk, 10 ran.