Ballista seems to love racing around Chester but with an unhelpful draw muting our enthusiasm, BOOMERANG BOB can gain an overdue victory. A sixth in the Wokingham has to go down as one of his best performances for some time and the handicapper appears to be finally giving the five-year-old a chance. Confessional is on a significant losing run though he is now 2lb lower than his last winning mark. Bondesire and Hitchens are previous winners over course and distance with the former impressing under a competent Julie Burke ride. Cheworee made all to win over five furlongs donning practically every piece of headgear known to man and it remains to be seen whether the mare can glean any confidence for getting her head in front. David Evans saddled last year's winner so Verse Of Love, who scored over seven furlongs earlier in the season, is respected.
Ballista (IRE) 8-1 (9-5) Took keen hold, tracking leaders on inside, ridden 2f out, soon weakened, 6th of 7, 11l behind Indignant (9-0) at Salisbury 6f Listed stks (1) gf in Jun.
Arnold Lane (IRE) 16-1 (9-9) Chased leaders on inside, edged left over 1f out, soon ridden and kept on inside final furlong, went 3rd close home, never going pace of 1st two, 3rd of 10, 2 3/4l behind Fairway To Heaven (8-12) at Windsor 6f hcp 105 (2) gs in Jun.
Hitchens (IRE) 20-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, held up behind, outpaced 2f out, ridden and kept on inside final furlong, never reached leaders, 5th of 6, 3 1/2l behind Danzeno (8-10) at Newcastle 6f Grp 3 (1) gf in Jun.
Boomerang Bob (IRE) 33-1 (9-0) Raced centre, chased leaders, led group well over 1f out until approaching final furlong, kept on under pressure inside final furlong, not quite pace to challenge, 5th of 28, 3 1/2l behind Baccarat (9-2) at Royal Ascot 6f hcp 0-110 (2) gf in Jun.
Bondesire 7-2fav (9-3) Broke well, led, headed halfway, chased winner ridden over 1f out, kept on and always held, 2nd of 9, 3 1/2l behind Willbeme (8-2) at York 6f flls hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Jun.
Blaine 20-1 (9-1) Raced far side tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 18th of 28, 9l behind Louis The Pious (9-4) at Royal Ascot 7f hcp 105 (2) gf in Jun.
Clockmaker (IRE) 14-1 (9-4) With winner, driven and lost place over 2f out, soon weakened and behind, last of 11, 20l behind Almargo (8-4) at Newcastle 7f hcp 105 (2) gf in Jun.
Secretinthepark 12-1 (9-0) Raced stand side, in touch, headway entering final furlong, ran on, 6th of 21, 2l behind Goldream (8-10) at Newmarket 6f hcp (2) gf in May.
Confessional 8-1 (9-8) Chased leaders, driven over 1f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 4th of 13, 6l behind Robot Boy (9-7) at Newcastle 5f hcp 105 (2) gf in Jun.
Forest Edge (IRE) 22-1 (9-3) Pressed leader, led 2f out, driven out, won at Leicester 7f hcp 0-90 (3) gf beating Compton (9-3) by 3/4l, 8 ran.
Kimberella 7-1 (9-4) Led, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra, 3rd of 12, 2 1/2l behind Tatlisu (8-11) at Newcastle 6f hcp 0-100 (2) gf in Jun.
Verse Of Love 11-1 (9-1) Chased leader, driven to challenge over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 3rd of 9, 6l behind The Rectifier (10-0) at Salisbury 1m hcp 0-100 (2) gf in Jun.
Lexi's Hero (IRE) 4-1fav (9-7) Broke well, soon tracking leader, led over 1f out, hard ridden inside final furlong, headed post, 2nd of 8, hd behind Springinmystep (9-2) at Chester 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Jun.
Cheworee 7-2fav (9-2) Made all, ridden inside final furlong, held on very gamely, won at Chester 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Jun beating Oldjoesaid (8-13) by shd, 9 ran.