Amerigo disappointed in a competitive handicap at Haydock last month but Michael Jarvis has his string in better form now so he has to be respected over a trip that may bring about further improvement but it is hard to get away from CARACCIOLA, who gets the verdict with Bulwark rated the pick of the remainder. The selection should have no problems with the trip having stayed on well when winning the Cesarewitch last season and coming here fresh from his recent success in a Listed race at York, Nicky Henderson's gelding looks the one they all have to beat. Richard Fahey's Halla San is strictly held by the selection on York running and would probably prefer a bit of cut on the ground. Tyrrells Wood is in good form but needs to improve to trouble the judge and of more interest may be another Nicky Henderson inmate, Tasheba, who has shown improved form over hurdles of late. Bulwark was outclassed behind Geordieland in the Henry II last time and may do better here but Caracciola has solid claims and he gets the vote.
Caracciola (GER) 7-1 (9-0) Led, shaken up and quickened 4f out, ridden and headed narrowly well over 1f out, rallied to lead again inside final furlong, held on gamely near finish, won at York 1m 6f Listed stks (1) gf in May beating Friston Forest (9-3) by shd, 7 ran.
American Spin 25-1 (9-5) Pulled hard early in 3rd, settled 5th over 9f out, lost place over 6f out, tailed off straight, 8th of 9, 7l behind Sweetheart (8-8) at Goodwood 2m hcp 0-80 (4) gd in May.
Bulwark (IRE) 100-1 (9-2) Never travelling and always trailing in rear, tailed off, 6th of 7, 37l behind Geordieland (9-2) at Sandown 2m stks (1) gd in May.
Gala Evening 20-1 (9-6) Held up towards rear, headway on outside over 2f out, slightly hampered 2f out, kept on to challenge over 1f out, one pace and held final 100 yards, 4th of 20, 5l behind Judgethemoment (9-5) at Royal Ascot 2m 4f hcp 0-95 (2) gf.
Halla San 9-2 (9-0) Held up in touch, lost place over 3f out, soon ridden and outpaced, stayed on under pressure inside final furlong to go 3rd near finish, no chance with leading pair, 3rd of 7, 6l behind Caracciola (9-0) at York 1m 6f Listed stks (1) gf in May.
Noddies Way 40-1 (9-2) Chased leaders, went 2nd 10f out to 7f out, weakened over 3f out, tailed off, 13th of 16, well behind Honolulu (9-5) at Royal Ascot 2m 6f stks (2) gf in Jun '08.
Plane Painter (IRE) 13-8fav (9-4) Led, ridden over 2f out, headed over 1f out, held, one pace inside final furlong, 2nd of 7, 2 1/2l behind Alnwick (8-12) at Warwick 1m 7f hcp (5) fm in Jun '08.
Amerigo (IRE) 11-4fav (9-9) Tracked leaders, weakened over 2f out, 7th of 15, 10l behind Hits Only Vic (9-5) at Haydock 2m hcp 0-100 (2) gd in May.
Ruff Diamond (USA) 12-1 (8-13) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 7f out, ridden over 2f out, soon lost 2nd, weakened, 9th of 10, 7l behind Art Man (9-5) at Lingfield 1m 5f hcp 0-80 (4) pol in May.
Tasheba 4-7fav (9-0) Prominent, pushed along 5f out, ridden to chase leader over 2f out, slightly intimidated by winner over 1f out, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 5, 2 1/4l behind The Betchworth Kid (9-0) at Nottingham 1m 6f hcap (3) sft in Aug.
Tyrrells Wood (IRE) 4-1fav (9-7) Chased leaders, led 4f out, clear over 2f out, won at Pontefract 2m 1f hcp 0-80 (4) gd beating Mr Crystal (9-5) by 7l, 10 ran.
Sterling Moll 100-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, held up in rear, ridden over 5f out, weakened over 3f out, 11th of 17, 20l behind Troialini (9-2) at Leicester 1m 4f clm stks (6) gs in Oct '07.