Rusty Rocket beat Sir Maximilian over 5f here a fortnight ago in rain-softened ground. The latter is weighted to turn the tables today and may do so while Chester Aristocrat ran well over track and trip last month but is drawn out with the washing for this. SUMMERINTHECITY had runner-up Intransigent a couple of lengths behind when scoring over course and distance in May. Dandy Nicholls' charge is 4lb higher today but the competition looks no tougher and he gets the nod. Sacrosanctus and El Viento are both capable on their day but it's becoming increasingly hard to predict when that will be.
West Leake Diman (IRE) 33-1 (9-1) Always in rear, 17th of 18, 12l behind Thunderball (8-12) at Doncaster 6f hcp 0-100 (2) sft in Mar.
El Viento (FR) 14-1 (8-5) Mid-division, headway halfway, led over 2f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 8th of 15, 8l behind Mass Rally (9-3) at York 6f hcp 0-105 (2) gs in May.
Sacrosanctus 6-1 (9-4) Mid-division, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 12th of 13, 8l behind Ajjaadd (9-2) at Epsom Downs 5f hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Apr.
Mehdi (IRE) 15-2 (9-4) Held up, headway entering final 2f, ridden and no impression final furlong, 8th of 14, 6l behind Dubai Dynamo (9-1) at Thirsk 7f hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Apr.
Intransigent 8-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, not clear run over 1f out, ridden and switched right entering final furlong, not able to get on terms, 6th of 13, 4l behind Tropics (9-3) at Windsor 6f hcp 105 (2) gd in Jun.
Sir Maximilian (IRE) 7-2fav (9-11) Chased leaders on inside, switched right well over 1f out, driven approaching final furlong, stayed on to 2nd inside final furlong, no impression on winner, 2nd of 10, 1l behind Rusty Rocket (9-4) at Chester 5f hcp 0-90 (3) gs in Jun.
Heavy Metal 10-1 (9-7) Outpaced and lost touch halfway, always in rear, tailed off, last of 9, 38l behind Correspondent (9-1) at Chester 7f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gs in Jun.
Summerinthecity (IRE) 16-1 (9-4) Mid-division, ridden 2f out, never on terms, weakened inside final furlong, 11th of 16, 8l behind Baby Strange (8-2) at Newcastle 6f hcp 0-100 (2) gs in Jun.
Chester Aristocrat 4-1fav (9-6) Tracked leader, led over 3f out, ridden 2f out, headed and no extra inside final furlong, 6th of 11, 3 1/2l behind Dark Castle (9-3) at Pontefract 6f hcp 0-90 (3) gf.
Grissom (IRE) 33-1 (8-9) Mid-division far side group, headway over 2f out, led well over 1f out and overall leader, headed inside final furlong, kept on, 3rd of 20, 1l behind Tartiflette (8-5) at Doncaster 7f hcp 105 (2) gd in Nov.
Rusty Rocket (IRE) 4-1 (9-4) Rider lost iron briefly leaving stalls, soon chasing leader, lost 2nd halfway, went 2nd again 2f out, ridden to lead and bumped over 1f out, ran on well, won at Chester 5f hcp 0-90 (3) gs in Jun beating Sir Maximilian (9-11) by 1l, 10 ran.
Al's Memory (IRE) 20-1 (9-10) In rear, headway over 2f out, ridden and stayed on to go 3rd inside final furlong, not trouble leaders, 3rd of 10, 2 1/4l behind Askaud (9-6) at Leicester 7f hcp 0-90 (3) gf.