SCRUPUL was asked to go and win his race a fair distance out at Sandown last time and floundered in the final furlong. Kieren Fallon takes over the reins and is likely to delay his challenge this time in which case Luca Cumani's colt may well come out best. Haydock winner Watheeq continues to improve and also has strong claims as he's already beaten Romantic by five lengths though this is much tougher than the Wolverhampton race Up Ten Down Two won last time. Lightly-raced trio Good Of Luck, Sky Khan and Sarmatian Knight are all open to further progress and not easily dismissed.
Keepax 4-1 (8-13) In touch, pushed along over 3f out, chased leaders over 2f out, weakened approaching final furlong, 7th of 14, 7l behind Blue Surf (9-3) at Windsor 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) gd.
Scrupul (IRE) 9-1 (8-11) Soon led, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra towards finish, 4th of 9, 3l behind Trend Is My Friend (8-12) at Sandown 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gs.
Finbar 33-1 (9-3) In touch in mid-division, ridden over 2f out, switched left 1f out, no impression, 8th of 12, 4 1/2l behind Curzon Line (9-5) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jun.
Sardanapalus 12-1 (8-11) Tracked leaders, weakened over 2f out, last of 7, 29l behind Paddyfrommenlo (8-12) at Chester 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) sft.
Watheeq (USA) 8-13fav (8-12) Raced wide tracked leaders, headway to track leader over 3f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, soon headed, kept on one pace, 2nd of 7, 2 3/4l behind Franco Is My Name (9-11) at Folkestone 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jun.
Instrumentalist (IRE) 14-1 (9-3) Steadied start, tracked leader, effort on inside over 2f out, soon no impression, 4th of 6, 6l behind Mcvicar (8-9) at Epsom Downs 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gs.
Virginia Gallica (IRE) 13-2 (8-12) Soon chasing winner on inside, ridden 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 10th of 12, 12l behind Rule Book (9-3) at Sandown 1m 2f 3yo mdn (5) sft in Jun.
Holy Roman Warrior (IRE) 9-2 (9-7) Held up in touch, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened, last of 5, well behind Cockney Sparrow (9-3) at Beverley 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Apr.
Good of Luck 6-1 (9-7) Steadied start, tracked leaders in 3rd , ridden over 2f out, weakened and hung left final furlong, 5th of 9, 7l behind Zaeem (9-7) at Brighton 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jun.
Falcon's Reign (FR) 150-1 (8-7) Held up in rear, pushed along and headway over 3f out, soon weakened, 6th of 7, 21l behind Poet (9-4) at Newbury 1m 2f Listed stks 3yo (1) hvy.
Sarmatian Knight (IRE) 16-1 (8-12) Chased winner throughout, ridden over 2f out, never able to mount a challenge, 2nd of 11, 5l behind Touch Gold (9-5) at Yarmouth 1m 1f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Sky Khan 14-1 (9-3) In rear, kept on inside final furlong, never near leaders, 6th of 11, 10l behind Inthar (9-3) at Lingfield 1m 2f 3yo mdn stks (5) pol in May.
Chelsea Mick 16-1 (8-8) Mid-division, headway over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, not able to trouble leaders, 5th of 11, 2 1/2l behind Clon Brulee (9-5) at Chester 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Jun.
Romantic (IRE) 20-1 (9-1) Bumped start, held up towards rear, pushed along and effort 3f out, hung left over 1f out, no impression on leaders, 6th of 14, 5l behind Watheeq (8-12) at Haydock 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf in May.
No Dominion (IRE) 150-1 (9-3) Mid-division, bumped over 3f out, soon clipped heels and unseated rider, in a race won by Michelangelo (9-3) at Newmarket 1m 2f 3yo aut stk (2) gf in Jun, 12 ran.
Up Ten Down Two (IRE) 22-1 (8-6) Tracked leaders, led over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on well, won at Wolverhampton 1m 6f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol beating Solar View (8-3) by 1 3/4l, 13 ran.