Iffranesia is upped in class and raised 5lb having followed up a course and distance win with victory at Ascot. High On Life's winning run came to an end in soft ground at Newmarket last time while Pearl Blue was ending a long losing run when scoring at Headquarters and makes less appeal off a higher mark. Normal Equilibrium finished ahead of Megaleka and Jamaican Bolt when going close at Ripon and Humidor has slipped down the weights but BURNING THREAD has won off a higher mark since finishing runner-up in last year's renewal. He gets a speculative vote to go one better with 2011 winner Secret Witness and Go Far others to consider.
Humidor (IRE) 20-1 (9-10) Raced towards far side, overall leader, ridden over 1f out, headed final 110 yards, no extra towards finish, 5th of 18, 2l behind Barnet Fair (9-1) at Goodwood 6f hcp (2) gf.
Pearl Blue (IRE) 11-2 (9-8) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong to lead close home, won at Newmarket 5f hcp 0-90 (3) gs in Jul beating Megaleka (8-13) by 1/2l, 11 ran.
Eccleston 20-1 (8-12) In rear, ridden over 2f out, no real headway, 13th of 20, 13l behind See The Sun (8-7) at York 6f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gd in Jun.
High On Life 10-1 (9-0) Led near side and overall until headed by leader on far side halfway, led group until over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 10th of 15, 9l behind Deeds Not Words (8-5) at Newmarket 6f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) sft in Jul.
Secret Witness 8-1 (9-10) Switched to race centre soon after start, chased leader, driven 2f out, ridden over 1f out, stayed on to take 3rd inside final furlong, no impression with far side pair, 3rd of 6, 2 3/4l behind Forest Edge (9-7) at Newmarket 6f hcp 0-95 (3) sft.
Riskit Fora Biskit (IRE) 25-1 (8-8) Raced centre, with leaders, every chance in group 2f out, ridden chasing leaders over 1f out, 4th in group but no chance with leaders near side, 10th of 18, 6l behind Discussiontofollow (8-10) at Ascot 5f hcp (2) gf in Jul.
Burning Thread (IRE) 16-1 (8-13) Close up, ridden halfway, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 6, 8l behind Justineo (9-2) at Doncaster 6f cond Stakes (3) gf.
Normal Equilibrium 7-2fav (9-5) Mid-division stands' side, headway over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on towards finish, 3rd of 10, 3/4l behind Silvanus (9-10) at Ripon 5f hcp 0-95 (3) gd.
Gladiatrix 12-1 (9-8) Went left start, in rear, ridden and well held over 2f out, 8th of 10, 7l behind Taurus Twins (8-12) at Nottingham 5f hcp 0-100 (2) gf in Jul.
Oh So Sassy 11-2 (9-12) Slowly into stride, held up behind leaders, headway over 1f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 7th of 11, 4l behind Pearl Blue (9-8) at Newmarket 5f hcp 0-90 (3) gs in Jul.
Jamaican Bolt (IRE) 7-1 (9-10) Towards rear stands' side, ridden inside final furlong, kept on same pace, 6th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Silvanus (9-10) at Ripon 5f hcp 0-95 (3) gd.
Go Far 7-2 (8-11) Chased leader, raced wide of main group until before halfway, hung left from over 2f out, led over 1f out, drew clear final furlong, easily, won at Yarmouth 6f hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Jul beating Zanetto (9-9) by 5l, 8 ran.
Iffranesia (FR) 13-2 (9-7) Always prominent, every chance over 1f out, led inside final furlong, ran on well, won at Ascot 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Jul beating Secret Missile (9-3) by 1l, 9 ran.
Even Stevens 10-1 (8-0) Prominent, ridden and every chance 2f out, weakened quickly inside final furlong, 17th of 19, 6l behind Caspian Prince (9-0) at Epsom Downs 5f hcp (2) gd in Jun.
Long Awaited (IRE) 11-1 (8-8) Always towards rear and never on terms, 15th of 18, 10l behind Top Boy (7-13) at York 5f hcp 105 (2) gs in May.
Smart Daisy K 5-1 (8-11) Taken to post early, keen tracked leaders, ridden and every chance inside final furlong, lost 2nd towards finish, 3rd of 10, 3 1/2l behind El Viento (9-0) at Chester 5f hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Aug '13.
Megaleka 15-2 (9-0) Tracked leader stands' side, ridden and every chance over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 4th of 10, 1 1/4l behind Silvanus (9-10) at Ripon 5f hcp 0-95 (3) gd.
Sleepy Sioux 14-1 (8-9) Tracked leaders, lost place quickly over 3f out, last of 14, 30l behind Wind Fire (8-12) at Sandown 5f 3yo lst stk (1) gd in Jun.
Jack Luey 7-2fav (9-10) Outpaced in rear, headway over 2f out, soon chasing leaders, weakened final furlong, 6th of 11, 8l behind We'll Deal Again (8-10) at Thirsk 6f hcp 0-85 (4) hvy.
Can You Conga 20-1 (9-11) In touch on outside, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 10, 13l behind Compton Park (9-4) at Pontefract 6f hcp 0-90 (3) gf in Jul.