EMIRATES SKYLINE hasn't had the most straightforward of careers but he can continue his progression with a win here at the main expense of last year's winner Championship Point, whilst Charlie Farnsbarns and Soapy Danger look two more to be wary of. Frankie Dettori was at his best when steering Emirates Skyline to victory recently at Epsom and he fully deserves his 7lb rise in the weights. He acts on any ground but probably wouldn't mind any of the forecast rain and he ran well in this race last season. He was beaten two lengths by Championship Point, who actually reopposes today on one pound better terms. He is 5lbs higher than last year's success but he is only one pound above his highest winning mark and this vastly-experienced horse comes here on the back of a fine Zetland win at Redcar recently. Bushman must be considered; he has won his last two in decisive fashion but this is a lot tougher and he has yet to face ground this quick. Buccellati knows how to win here and he stays further so a strong pace would suit him, whilst the same applies to Soapy Danger. Monte Alto should come on for a recent outing behind Championship Point, whilst Charlie Farnsbarns has won at the track and is not one to overlook now on more suitable ground. Many Volumes and Under The Rainbow are holding their form well, whilst Mutajarred beat Many Volumes last time at Great Leighs but he's progressive and can still be competitive despite a 6lb higher mark. An open contest, with Emirates Skyline given the vote.
Championship Point (IRE) 12-1 (9-0) Led, ridden when pressed over 1f out, headed narrowly inside final furlong, gamely regained lead towards finish, won at Chester 1m 2f Grp 3 (1) gf in May beating Maraahel (9-5) by a nk, 6 ran.
Emirates Skyline (USA) 7-2fav (9-10) Close up, 4th straight, led travelling well 2f out, shaken up and in command final furlong, won at Epsom 1m 2f hcap (2) gd beating Ladies Best (9-4) by 1 1/2l, 10 ran.
Halicarnassus (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) Settled 5th, ridden and no impression 2f out, kept on to moderate 4th over 1f out, no danger, 4th of 6, 9l behind Duke Of Marmalade (9-0) at Curragh 1m 2f Grp 1 frm in May.
Many Volumes (USA) 5-4fav (9-2) Soon led, quickened over 3f out, ridden and headed narrowly 1f out, battled on well, always held by winner, 2nd of 6, nk behind Mutajarred (8-12) at Great Leighs 1m 2f stk (3) pol in May.
Illustrious Blue (9-2) Towards rear when hampered on turn after 2f, some progress final 2f, never nearer, 7th of 14, 6l behind Peas And Carrots (9-2) at Taby 1m 2f Grp 3 (1) gf.
Soapy Danger 10-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, ridden and effort over 3f out to over 2f out, one pace final furlong, 6th of 12, 6l behind Samuel (9-0) at York 1m 6f lst stk (1) gd in May.
Charlie Farnsbarns (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) Tracked leader, led narrowly just over 1f out, soon headed, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 14, 3l behind Smokey Oakey (9-0) at Sandown 1m 2f Grp 3 (1) sft in May.
Mutajarred 2-1 (8-12) With leader, led narrowly 1f out, ridden, always holding rival, won at Great Leighs 1m 2f stk (3) pol in May beating Many Volumes (9-2) by a nk, 6 ran.
Pinpoint (IRE) 4-1 (8-12) Close up, ridden over 3f out, soon hung left, weakened, 4th of 6, 8l behind Mutajarred (8-12) at Great Leighs 1m 2f stk (3) pol in May.
Bushman 7-4fav (9-2) Mid-division, headway to lead 2f out, ridden clear over 1f out, eased towards finish, readily, won at Sandown 1m hcap (3) sft in May beating Little White Lie (9-4) by 4 1/2l, 9 ran.
Watamu (IRE) 12-1 (9-10) Prominent, ridden over 2f out, not much room approaching final furlong, driven and kept on same pace, 5th of 15, 3l behind Luberon (8-7) at York 1m 4f hcp 0-105 (2) gf in May.
Under The Rainbow 11-4 (8-12) In touch, handy in chasing group, every chance 1f out, kept on same pace, 2nd of 9, 2l behind Folk Opera (8-12) at Haydock 1m 4f lst stk (1) gf in May.
Buccellati 25-1 (9-0) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, soon one pace, never dangerous, 8th of 14, 7l behind Smokey Oakey (9-0) at Sandown 1m 2f Grp 3 (1) sft in May.
Mount Hadley (USA) 5-2 (9-0) Led, headed approaching 2f out, ridden over 1f out, soon weakened, eased final furlong, 3rd of 4, 27l behind Tobosa (8-11) at Doncaster 1m 3yo stk (2) gf in Sept.
Monte Alto (IRE) 4-1 (9-6) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, headway over 1f out, ran on final furlong, 3rd of 13, 1l behind Capable Guest (8-12) at Redcar 1m 2f hcp 0-105 (2) gf in May.
Supaseus 9-1 (9-6) Chased winner, ridden over 2f out, not quicken inside final furlong, 3rd of 12, 3/4l behind Folk Opera (9-4) at York 1m 2f hcp 0-100 (2) gf in May.