STAND TO REASON was headed on the line by today's rival Resurge over C&D at the May meeting. The latter has subsequently been beaten off a higher mark and Mikael Magnusson's colt is fancied to take his revenge today. All ground seems to come alike to War Poet but he's been raised 8lb for his recent win in the mud at Doncaster while Licence To Till makes most appeal of the Mark Johnston pair and Area Fifty One could prove best of the trio representing Richard Fahey. Memory Cloth is not out of this either taking a drop in class.
Halfsin (IRE) 9-1 (8-12) Led until narrowly headed 3f out, chased winner until ridden 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 6, 10l behind Jet Away (8-12) at Goodwood 1m 2f Listed Stakes (4yo+) (1) gd in May.
Memory Cloth 3-1 (9-2) Tracked leader, ridden over 2f out, stayed on one pace, 3rd of 5, 6l behind Tullius (9-2) at Windsor 1m Listed stks 3yo (1) sft in May.
Stand To Reason (IRE) 6-4fav (9-7) Tracked leaders, challenged over 1f out, led narrowly final 75 yards, kept on and caught post, 2nd of 7, shd behind Resurge (9-6) at Chester 1m 2f hcp 0-90 (3) sft in May.
Resurge (IRE) 6-1 (9-5) Held up in mid-division on inside, effort on inside over 2f out, no extra inside final furlong, 7th of 13, 3 1/2l behind Gatewood (9-1) at Epsom Downs 1m 2f hcp (2) gd.
War Poet 20-1 (9-0) Dwelt, towards rear, headway over 3f out, led over 1f out, kept on and hung left inside final furlong, won at Doncaster 1m 2f hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Apr beating King's Warrior (9-2) by 1 1/2l, 12 ran.
Licence To Till (USA) 33-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, edged right and kept on inside final furlong, 6th of 13, 1 3/4l behind Gatewood (9-1) at Epsom Downs 1m 2f hcp (2) gd.
Oceanway (USA) 10-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, ridden 2f out, soon weakened, eased over 1f out, 12th of 13, 28l behind Fiery Lad (9-7) at Epsom Downs 1m 4f hcp 0-100 (2) gf.
Robemaker 5-2fav (8-11) Close up, ridden to press leader 2f out, soon edged right, kept on same pace, 4th of 6, 8l behind Absinthe (8-11) at Chester 1m 2f hcp 0-105 (2) sft in May.
Area Fifty One 10-1 (8-8) Tracked leader, ridden over 1f out, soon hung left, weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 14, 8l behind Gatewood (8-7) at York 1m 2f hcp 0-100 (2) gd in May.
Tres Coronas (IRE) 14-1 (9-5) Held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, swtched right 2f out, ridden over 1f out and edged left, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 4th of 16, 7l behind Media Hype (9-0) at York 1m 2f hcp 0-90 (3) gd in May.
Las Verglas Star (IRE) 33-1 (8-8) In touch, pushed along halfway, ridden over 3f out, weakened 2f out, last of 15, 34l behind Tullius (8-12) at Newmarket 1m 1f hcp (2) gs in May.
Calaf 13-2 (9-0) Towards rear, wide into straight over 1f out, headway soon after, kept on one pace, 4th of 11, 3 1/2l behind Watered Silk (9-0) at Chester 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in May.
Knowe Head (NZ) 3-1fav (8-11) Tracked leaders, ridden to chase winner over 1f out, effort inside final furlong, unable to quicken near finish, 2nd of 11, 3/4l behind Watered Silk (9-0) at Chester 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in May.