Winning a six-runner maiden at Musselburgh eight days ago wouldn't normally suggest a Royal Ascot winner but SOMEWHAT looked a bit special and his trainer would not send him here without good reason. His pedigree suggests a longer trip and easier ground but he's taken to follow up in a tough one for punters to call. Bunker represents the Hannon/Hughes partnership and he also gained an impressive debut success at Haydock. Friendship is by Galileo out of a Lancashire Oaks winner so will no doubt improve when stepped up in trip and Aidan O'Brien wouldn't run a maiden in this unless he though he was capable of coming away with the spoils. Autumn Lily looked a really bright prospect when landing the odds at Haydock and though her stablemate Ihtimal has been beaten twice she's attempted to make all on both occasions and more restraining tactics could see her in a better light. There are plenty of others with chances including the experienced Freedom Square, who romped away with a Curragh maiden when tackling fast ground for the first time.
Berkshire (IRE) 6-1 (9-3) Led early, prominent and raced mostly alone towards centre, led well over 1f out, soon ridden and edged right, headed inside final furlong, held close home, 3rd of 12, 1l behind Championship (9-3) at Newbury 6f 2yo mdn (4) gf in May.
Bunker (IRE) 6-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders, pushed along over 2f out, led entering final furlong, ran on, won at Haydock 6f 2yo mdn (5) gd in May beating Nathr (9-5) by 2 1/2l, 9 ran.
Calrissian (IRE) Lando colt out of Dallaah.
Citizen Kaine (IRE) Manduro colt out of Precious Citizen.
Flying Author (IRE) 66-1 (9-0) Started slowly, outpaced, last of 11, 26l behind Thunder Strike (9-0) at Epsom Downs 6f Listed stks 2yo (1) gd.
Freedom Square (IRE) 9-4fav (9-5) Soon led, joined from 2f out, regained lead and stayed on well inside final furlong, won at Curragh 6f 2yo mdn gf beating Shining Emerald (9-5) by 1 1/2l, 8 ran.
Friendship (IRE) 7-2 (9-5) Tracked leaders on inner, 4th halfway, switched right over 1f out and kept on inside final furlong without troubling principals, 3rd of 7, 3l behind Glory Boy (9-5) at Listowel 7f 2yo mdn sft.
Khee Society 20-1 (9-0) Mid-division, outpaced halfway, ridden over 1f out, kept on, 3rd of 15, 1 1/2l behind Know Your Name (9-5) at Nottingham 6f 2yo mdn (5) gf.
Know Your Name 40-1 (9-5) Hampered start, held up towards rear, headway over 1f out, kept on well inside final furlong, led towards finish, won at Nottingham 6f 2yo mdn (5) gf beating Exceeder (9-5) by 1/2l, 15 ran.
Lone Warrior (IRE) 12-1 (9-2) Dwelt towards rear, pushed along halfway, edged left 2f out, soon ridden, headway entering final furlong, ran on to lead towards finish, won at Salisbury 6f 2yo mdn aut (5) gd beating Starlight Serenade (8-4) by 1/2l, 9 ran.
Master Carpenter (IRE) 11-4 (8-12) Made all, soon joined, pushed along over 1f out, ridden and asserted inside final furlong, won at Pontefract 6f 2yo stks (2) gd in May beating Malachim Mist (8-12) by 1 3/4l, 8 ran.
Scargill 16-1 (8-12) Tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, no impression final furlong, 3rd of 8, 3l behind Master Carpenter (8-12) at Pontefract 6f 2yo stks (2) gd in May.
Shepherd Gate (USA) Kitten's Joy colt out of Keeping Watch.
Sir Jack Layden 9-4fav (9-0) Tracked leaders, ridden and every chance 2f out, hampered and switched right inside final furlong, kept on, 2nd of 8, 2 1/4l behind Washaar (9-0) at Haydock 7f 2yo mdn (5) gs.
Somewhat (USA) 5-6fav (9-5) Made all, ran on well to come clear from 1f out, comfortably, won at Musselburgh 7f 2yo mdn (5) gf beating New Street (9-2) by 7l, 6 ran.
Street Force (USA) 25-1 (9-5) Held up, ridden and headway over 1f out, stayed on final furlong, 4th of 10, 1 3/4l behind Zeshov (9-5) at Sandown 7f 2yo mdn (5) gd.
Adeste Fideles (USA) 20-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, 7th and pushed along after halfway, no impression on first 2 under 2f out, kept on one pace under pressure inside final furlong, 5th of 10, 7l behind Sandiva (9-0) at Naas 6f 2yo fll Listed stks (1) gf.
Autumn Lily (USA) 5-6fav (9-0) Chased leaders, ridden and went 2nd 2f out, led over 1f out, well in command when rider dropped reins briefly inside final furlong, ran on well (hand-timed), won at Haydock 6f 2yo stks (5) gf beating Lady Red Oak (9-0) by 2 1/4l, 9 ran.
Bureau (IRE) 8-1 (9-0) Led, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, ran on, 2nd of 10, nk behind Zeshov (9-5) at Sandown 7f 2yo mdn (5) gd.
Ihtimal (IRE) 6-4fav (9-0) Soon led, ridden over 2f out, headed entering final furlong, ran on, 2nd of 11, nk behind Wedding Ring (9-0) at Newmarket 6f 2yo stks (4) gf.
Tinga (IRE) 11-2 (9-0) Chased leaders, hard ridden 2f out, stayed on under pressure, nearest finish, 3rd of 11, 1l behind Rasheeda (9-0) at Doncaster 6f 2yo stks (5) gd.