This year's Lincoln winner OCEAN TEMPEST drops back into handicap company for this. He's won twice at the track before and may well shrug off top weight if allowed to set his own pace. Alejandro and Johnno also like to dominate but will find that difficult with a high draw to contend with. Apostle is upped in class off a higher mark after scoring over track and trip last time but Heavy Metal and Russian Realm should cope better in this grade. Course and distance winner Big Johnny D is another to consider.
Ocean Tempest 6-4fav (9-7) Led and set steady pace, headed 3f out, soon ridden, weakened quickly, eased when beaten over 1f out, tailed off, last of 10, 31l behind Custom Cut (9-4) at Windsor 1m Listed stks (1) gs in Jun.
Heavy Metal 5-1fav (9-6) Mid-division, hampered and lost place 5f out, headway under pressure on outside 2f out, ridden over 1f out, never able to challenge, weakened inside final furlong, 9th of 16, 12l behind Almargo (8-11) at Goodwood 7f hcp (2) gd.
Alejandro (IRE) 15-2 (9-4) Led 2f, with leader, led again over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, stayed on when strongly pressed inside final furlong, just held on, won at York 7f hcp 105 (2) gf in Jul beating Alfred Hutchinson (8-13) by nk, 10 ran.
Laffan (IRE) 28-1 (8-13) Mid-division, headway and hung left from over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 14th of 19, 7l behind Short Squeeze (9-4) at York 1m hcp (2) gd.
Russian Realm 9-1 (8-12) Held up in touch, ridden and effort over 2f out, one pace final 100 yards, 7th of 19, 3 1/2l behind Short Squeeze (9-4) at York 1m hcp (2) gd.
Foxtrot Romeo (IRE) 11-2 (9-8) Took keen hold, held up towards rear, headway towards far side over 2f out, chased leading pair 2f out, went 2nd over 1f out, strong challenge and every chance inside final furlong, found no extra final 100 yards and soon held, 2nd of 9, 1/2l behind Accession (8-12) at Newbury 7f hcp 0-95 (3) gs.
King Torus (IRE) 8-1 (9-8) In touch, headway 2f out, chased leaders inside final furlong, never a threat, 4th of 11, 2 1/4l behind Bartack (9-6) at Ripon 1m hcp 0-100 (2) gd.
Big Johnny D (IRE) 4-1 (9-4) Close up in 4th, bumped over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, stayed on towards finish, not pace to challenge, 3rd of 4, 1l behind Mushir (9-5) at Thirsk 7f cond Stakes (3) gf.
Apostle (IRE) 4-1fav (9-7) Midfield, headway over 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, ran on well, won at Chester 1m hcp 0-95 (3) gs beating Mishaal (8-12) by 1 1/4l, 13 ran.
Johnno 7-1 (9-1) Tracked leader far side, ridden to lead this group and overall leader 2f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on, 2nd of 11, 1l behind Balty Boys (9-7) at Newmarket 1m hcp 105 (2) gf in Jul.
Chosen Character (IRE) 16-1 (9-13) Chased leaders, hard ridden over 3f out, weakened 2f out, 8th of 13, 9l behind Apostle (9-7) at Chester 1m hcp 0-95 (3) gs.
Dubai Dynamo 14-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, held up in rear, never nearer, 7th of 11, 5l behind Bartack (9-6) at Ripon 1m hcp 0-100 (2) gd.
Beau Nash (IRE) 50-1 (8-9) Raced near side, chased leaders, weakened 2f out, 22nd of 30, 12l behind Born In Bombay (8-4) at Royal Ascot 1m 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gf in Jun.
Mezzotint (IRE) 9-2 (9-2) Slowly into stride, always behind, 6th of 7, 7l behind Prince's Trust (9-5) at Yarmouth 7f hcp 0-95 (3) gd.