On previous runs Theola may prefer a longer trip whilst Monte Cavallo has shown a liking for this sort of distance over in South Africa and Simonside put in an improved effort last time but we take a tentative punt on RARE RUBY. The selection was three lengths behind the winner at Nottingham last time when starting as favourite but was conceding a stone in weight that day. The six-year-old mare showed she could win at this sort of trip almost a year ago to the day and the ground isn't a concern after she won back in May with these conditions. It is interesting that Theola drops in trip having shown her best performances over further. Monte Cavallo hasn't performed as well in the UK as his efforts in South Africa but he will appreciate the increased trip. He has been slowly in to his stride in his last couple of outings and if he had started better last time he may have been in contention for the major honours at Newmarket. With a better run today he could be a danger to the pick. Simonside wasn't far behind the victor at Newcastle when last seen and could play a part. We go with Rare Ruby to put in a sparkling performance and grab the victory.
Theola (IRE) 2-1 (9-3) Held up in 5th and off the pace, closed up 11f out, tracked leading pair going well over 3f out, led 2f out, soon ridden and headed, no impression when lost 2nd over 1f out, faded and lost 3rd inside final furlong, 4th of 7, 11l behind Markington (8-12) at Pontefract 2m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jun.
Monte Cavallo (SAF) 16-1 (10-0) Steadied start, in rear, headway and not clear run 2f out, soon switched left, stayed on final furlong, 3rd of 9, 3 1/2l behind Sircozy (9-3) at Newmarket 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Jun.
Rare Ruby (IRE) 9-4fav (9-2) Held up mid-division, ridden and headway over 2f out, chased winner 1f out, no impression, 2nd of 9, 3l behind Outland (8-2) at Nottingham 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gs in Jun.
Inchnadamph 12-1 (9-5) Held up in rear, ridden over 2f out, kept on and no impression, 4th of 5, 17l behind Lady Eclair (9-7) at Newcastle 2m hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Jun.
Simonside 5-2 (8-8) Led, ridden and headed over 2f out, rallied 1f out, stayed on towards finish, held close home, 2nd of 5, 3/4l behind Lady Eclair (9-7) at Newcastle 2m hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Jun.
Arab League (IRE) 10-1 (8-3) Held up in touch, ridden and kept on same pace final 2f, went 4th inside final furlong, 4th of 9, 3l behind Lady Eclair (9-6) at Haydock 1m 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Command Marshal (FR) 66-1 (8-11) Awkward leaving stalls, always behind, tailed off, 11th of 13, 31l behind Ultimate Quest (9-4) at Kempton 2m hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Jun.