La Fortunata ran a superb race from out of the weights at York and must go well while Titus Andronicus also arrives in rude health and can be hard to peg back when on song, but we'll side with OLDJOESAID. Kevin Ryan hasn't had this horse long and, after several below-par efforts on ground quicker than ideal, he reaches for the blinkers in the hope they'll galvanise this formerly classy type. If they do he's thrown in off 83, with his last win coming off 102, and we'll take a chance while the ground is in his favour. Bertoliver won the dash here in June and should confirm form with City Dancer, Strike Up The Band and Fathom Five but he's likely to face competition for the lead. Cape Royal is one such pace rival and this dual course and distance winner has it all to do from out of the weights with his stable companion Solemn of more interest as he too goes on the surface but appears more versatile tactically.
Fathom Five (IRE) 16-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, ridden and outpaced over 1f out, no impression final furlong, 7th of 10, 7l behind Prohibit (9-12) at Ascot 5f hcp 105 (2) gd.
Desert Phantom (USA) 12-1 (10-0) Tracked leaders, not much room and hampered well over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, no impression, 7th of 14, 4 1/2l behind Hotham (9-11) at York 5f hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Jun.
Bertoliver 3-1fav (10-0) Led, ridden over 1f out, headed entering final furlong, lost place when carried slightly right inside final furlong, kept on same pace, 6th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Ryan Style (9-1) at Chester 5f hcp 0-90 (3) gf in Jun.
City Dancer (IRE) 10-1 (9-2) Mid-division, outpaced 2f out, soon ridden, never on terms, 8th of 10, 8l behind Rose Blossom (8-10) at York 6f flls Group 3 stks (1) gf in Jul.
Strike Up The Band 20-1 (8-6) Pressed leader, ridden 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 11th of 15, 7l behind Hamish Mcgonagall (9-6) at York 5f hcap (2) gd.
Solemn 6-1 (9-9) Raced towards centre, chased leaders, every chance 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 5th of 12, 2 1/2l behind Tabaret (9-10) at Doncaster 5f hcp 0-90 (3) gd.
Oldjoesaid 14-1 (8-1) Mid-division, switched left over 2f out, effort over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 10th of 15, 7l behind Hamish Mcgonagall (9-6) at York 5f hcap (2) gd.
Titus Andronicus (IRE) 7-1 (9-2) Held up towards rear, going well when not much room over 1f out until entering final furlong, stayed on well to take 2nd towards finish, 2nd of 10, 2 1/4l behind Rasaman (9-4) at Musselburgh 5f hcp 0-90 (3) gd.
La Fortunata 20-1 (8-2) Good speed to cross over and lead on stands side rail after 1f, ridden and kept advantage when pressed over 1f out, hung left and ran on inside final furlong, caught last stride, 2nd of 16, shd behind Monsieur Joe (9-6) at York 5f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gd.
Cape Royal 11-4fav (8-12) Made all, ran on well for hand riding inside final furlong, unchallenged, won at Windsor 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gs beating Secret Witness (9-9) by 1 1/2l, 6 ran.