Rufford is the form pick on his close second to stablemate Supplicant in the Mill Reef on soft ground at Newbury but he didn't live up to that form at York last time when Brave Boy finished in front of him. Both are well exposed unlike Stubbs, who looked very smart in his earlier races and started favourite for the Coventry Stakes but didn't run his race. Aeolus was a wide-margin winner at Chester before landing a tough York nursery in fine style but those who witnessed the impressive victory of NIGHT OF THUNDER on ground with some give at Goodwood won't want to miss him and he can make sufficient progress to take this.
Stubbs (IRE) 5-2fav (9-1) Held up, headway over 2f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, headed entering final furlong, no extra, 6th of 15, 9l behind War Command (9-1) at Royal Ascot 6f 2yo Grp 2 (1) gd in Jun.
Aeolus 9-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, led over 1f out, soon ridden, clear inside final furlong, ran on strongly, edged left towards finish, won at York 6f 2yo hcp 0-95 (3) gd beating Musical Comedy (9-5) by 3 1/2l, 17 ran.
Brave Boy (IRE) 7-1 (9-0) Held up in rear, headway to chase leaders over 2f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 3rd of 10, 5l behind Mushir (9-0) at York 6f Listed stks 2yo (1) gd.
Deeds Not Words (IRE) 12-1 (9-2) Outpaced in rear, never dangerous, 18th of 23, 11l behind Ventura Mist (8-7) at Redcar 6f Lstd auc stks (1) gf.
Night Of Thunder (IRE) 9-2fav (9-0) Close up, smooth headway to lead over 1f out, quickened entering final furlong, forged clear, comfortable, won at Goodwood 6f 2yo mdn aut (5) sft beating Nakuti (8-7) by 6l, 12 ran.
Rufford (IRE) 9-2 (9-0) Mid-division, short of soom over 4f out, effort over 1f out, soon no impression, 5th of 10, 6l behind Mushir (9-0) at York 6f Listed stks 2yo (1) gd.