A maximum field contests the finale and it looks a nightmare to unravel. Global Village has been thriving on soft ground and had LIGHTNING CLOUD, Imperial Guest, Advanced and subsequent Doncaster winner Tariq Too behind when winning the Victoria Cup from a low draw over C&D last month. He'll have to come down the stands' side this time, however, and it would be no surprise if Kevin Ryan's grey came out best of that quintet today with that run under his belt. He gets the nod ahead of hat-trick seekers Primaeval and Imperial Djay as Eton Forever has been below-par so far this term. Emilio Largo was behind Bronze Prince at Lingfield two runs ago but improved to score at Ripon and is interesting from near the foot of the weights as is Docofthebay, who loves these big fields and was fifth in the race last year off a 4lb higher mark. Belgian Bill showed up well for a long way in Wednesday's Royal Hunt Cup while Castles In The Air is starting to look well handicapped and Noble Citizen came back to form behind Primaeval at Goodwood last time and could prove the pick of the remainder ahead of Haamaat.
Spectacle Du Mars (FR) 5-1 (8-13) 5th of 13, 10l behind Fred Lalloupet (8-13) at Maisons-Laffitte(FR) 6f Listed stks (1) sft in Apr.
Gossamer Seed (IRE) 6-1 (9-9) Chased leaders, ridden in 4th under 2f out, kept on final furlong, 3rd of 8, 1l behind Mirza (9-7) at Cork 5f Listed stks (1) sft.
Eton Forever (IRE) 9-4fav (9-7) Tracked leader, not clear run when clipped heels and stumbled over 1f out, effort inside final furlong when hampered and snatched up, not recover, 8th of 10, 6l behind Imperial Djay (8-7) at Chester 7f hcp 0-105 (2) gf in May.
The Rectifier (USA) 14-1 (8-11) last of 14, 34l behind Barbecue Eddie (9-2) at Meydan(UAE) 7f hcp in Mar.
Primaeval 5-2fav (8-13) Bumped and pushed left after start, chased leaders, challenged 2f out, led gong well over 1f out, pushed clear final furlong, comfortably, won at Goodwood 7f hcp 0-100 (2) gf in May beating Noble Citizen (8-6) by 2l, 12 ran.
Belgian Bill 10-1 (9-2) With leaders, led over 2f out until 2f out, weakened approaching final furlong, 12th of 30, 6l behind Prince Of Johanne (9-3) at Royal Ascot 1m hcp (2) gd.
Bronze Prince 12-1 (9-5) Led early, chased leader, led again over 2f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, chased winner until inside final furlong, weakened and lost 2 places final 100 yards, 5th of 12, 4 1/2l behind Primaeval (8-13) at Goodwood 7f hcp 0-100 (2) gf in May.
Tariq Too 7-2fav (8-7) Held up mid-division, headway over 1fg out, soon chasing leader, ran on to lead well inside final furlong, held on gamely, won at Doncaster 7f hcp 0-105 (2) sft beating Scarf (9-7) by hd, 10 ran.
Imperial Djay (IRE) 8-1 (9-9) Mid-division on inside, headway 2f out, chased leaders when not clear run and switched right over 1f out, ridden and stayed on well inside final furlong to lead post, won at Chester 1m hcp 105 (2) sft beating Pintura (9-11) by ns, 13 ran.
Decent Fella (IRE) 9-1 (8-10) Led far side, headed when groups merged 2f out, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 11th of 16, 12l behind Pastoral Player (9-1) at Ascot 7f hcp (2) gd in Oct.
Louis The Pious 13-2 (9-0) Prominent, effort over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 10, 9l behind Tariq Too (8-7) at Doncaster 7f hcp 0-105 (2) sft.
Rakaan (IRE) 40-1 (10-0) Not much room and switched left soon after start, towards rear, headway into mid-division 2f out, kept on same pace, weakened and eased inside final furlong, 11th of 13, 12l behind Imperial Djay (9-9) at Chester 1m hcp 105 (2) sft.
Lightning Cloud (IRE) 14-1 (8-9) Raced centre, in touch, headway to lead that group inside final furlong, ran on, not pace of leaders far side, 5th of 24, 3 1/2l behind Global Village (8-5) at Ascot 7f hcp (2) sft in May.
Advanced 14-1 (9-4) In touch, ridden over 2f out, headway to chase winner entering final furlong, stayed on one pace, 3rd of 13, 3l behind Pearl Ice (9-2) at Ripon 6f hcp 0-95 (3) gs.
Perfect Tribute 33-1 (8-11) Chased leaders, under pressure over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 7, 7l behind Pastoral Player (9-0) at Haydock 7f Grp 3 (1) gf.
Swiss Cross 10-1 (9-5) Close up, ridden well over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 9th of 11, 6l behind Damika (8-6) at Nottingham 6f hcp 0-105 (2) gd.
Castles In The Air 15-2 (9-2) Behind, outpaced 3f out, never dangerous, 8th of 11, 15l behind Justonefortheroad (9-5) at Musselburgh 7f hcp 0-95 (3) gs in Apr.
Imperial Guest 28-1 (8-10) Raced far side, chased leaders, travelling well 2f out, ridden and every chance over 1f out, weakened final 110 yards, 8th of 24, 5l behind Global Village (8-5) at Ascot 7f hcp (2) sft in May.
Mia's Boy 9-1 (9-7) Held up, headway when hung left 1f out, soon chased winner, lost 2nd post, 3rd of 9, 1/2l behind Ducal (8-7) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-100 (2) pol.
Excellent Guest 33-1 (8-11) Held up in mid-division, smooth headway on bit 2f out, chased winner inside final furlong, stayed on, just held, 2nd of 30, 1/2l behind Prince Of Johanne (9-3) at Royal Ascot 1m hcp (2) gd.
Global Village (IRE) 9-1 (8-5) Raced far side, held up towards rear, good headway over 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, rider dropped whip and led inside final furlong, ran on well, won at Ascot 7f hcp (2) sft in May beating Bonnie Brae (8-13) by 3/4l, 24 ran.
Haamaat (IRE) 8-1 (9-2) Steadied in rear, headway over 1f out, ran on, nearest finish, 4th of 10, 2 1/4l behind Inetrobil (8-9) at Haydock 6f 3yo lst fll (1) gf.
Noble Citizen (USA) 33-1 (8-6) Held up in rear, ridden inside final 2f, not clearest of runs towards outside and squeezed through over 1f out, strong run inside final furlong, went 2nd towards finish, unable to reach winner, 2nd of 12, 2l behind Primaeval (8-13) at Goodwood 7f hcp 0-100 (2) gf in May.
Jamesie (IRE) 6-1 (9-8) Tracked leaders, 5th halfway, went 3rd 2f out, headway to dispute briefly 1f out, headed and not match winner inside final furlong, kept on same pace, 2nd of 14, 1/2l behind Bold Thady Quill (8-7) at Naas 7f hcp gf.
Atlantic Sport (USA) 8-1 (9-7) Raced stand side, tracked leader, effort over 1f out, soon weakened, 8th of 9, 12l behind Paramour (8-8) at Newmarket 7f hcp 0-95 (3) sft.
Thunderball 12-1 (10-0) Towards rear, soon pushed along, kept on inside final furlong, no impression, 7th of 16, 4l behind Rasaman (8-13) at Doncaster 6f hcp 0-95 (3) gs.
Directorship 7-1 (9-4) Towards rear, switched left and headway approaching final furlong, ran on, not reach winner, 2nd of 13, nk behind Highland Colori (8-13) at Sandown 1m hcp 0-95 (3) gf in May.
Emilio Largo 3-1fav (9-5) Tracked leaders, ridden and headway over 1f out, led inside final furlong, kept on well towards finish, won at Ripon 1m hcp 0-95 (3) gf in May beating Snow Bay (8-6) by nk, 8 ran.
Docofthebay (IRE) 8-1 (9-1) Behind, headway on outer over 1f out, soon ridden and kept on, 3rd of 11, 3 1/2l behind Damika (8-6) at Nottingham 6f hcp 0-105 (2) gd.
Valencha 16-1 (9-6) In rear, struggling and lost touch on downhill run halfway, no chance after, 7th of 8, 13l behind Clinical (9-6) at Epsom Downs 1m flls Group 3 stks (1) gd.