This has been a decent race for those in the first half dozen in the betting and for those drawn high with only one in 10 years drawn in single figures and eight drawn 16 or higher. There has been no three-year-old winner in that period although four have gone very close in finishing second and DUBAI'S TOUCH is taken to deny the classic generation's leading challengers Masaalek and Fifteen Love. The lightly-raced Gold Sovereign has been done no favours by the draw and this is a significantly tougher task than he's faced to date but Military Cross has plenty of experience and may not be unduly inconvenienced as he's usually held up anyway. Lang Shining is another leading fancy drawn low and we're not convinced that he'll be suited by this track but Illustrious Blue certainly is and travelled well for a long way on Tuesday and used to be effective at this trip. Unshakeable meanwhile is something of a standing dish in this race and is in good enough form to get into the shake-up if he gets the splits. Cape Hawk came good at Ascot last time having been very well backed on occasion but this is a deal more competitive and there are enough doubts to pass him over. There's very little to choose between Masaalek, the selection and Fifteen Love - who came home in that order behind Lovelace and Ace Of Hearts at Sandown with Flipando, Unshakeable and Lang Shining the next three back. The Tregoning runner was far better drawn on that occasion whilst both he and Fifteen Love tend to be held up which could bring about all sorts of problems from their high draws. There are no such concerns for the selection who always races prominently and he proved his durability when winning a Listed race on the second of his two runs in this week last year. We need to forgive a poor run at Doncaster but are quite prepared to do so as Mark Johnston's horses are capable of bouncing back.
Illustrious Blue 12-1 (9-5) In touch on outside, effort 3f out, weakened inside final 2f, 10th of 17, 9l behind Gulf Express (8-12) at Goodwood 1m 2f hcap (2) gd in Jul.
Pride of Nation (IRE) 100-1 (9-9) Always behind, weakened 3f out, 24th of 29, 33l behind Mr Aviator (9-5) at Ascot 1m hcap (2) gf in Jun.
Military Cross 6-1 (10-0) Steadied start, ridden and headway over 2f out, led over 1f out, kept on well, won at Salisbury 1m hcp 0-100 (2) frm in Jun beating Orchard Supreme (9-4) by 3/4l, 6 ran.
Raptor (GER) 16-1 (9-7) Chased leaders on outer, 5th 2 1/2f out, soon ridden and no extra, 5th of 9, 6l behind Jumbajukiba (9-12) at Curragh 7f Grp 3 gs in Jul.
Vitznau (IRE) 6-1 (8-13) Steadied start, settled in rear, headway to chase leaders over 1f out, no extra and no impression final furlong, 4th of 8, 3 1/2l behind Atlantic Sport (8-5) at Newbury 7f stk (3) gf in Jul.
Dubai's Touch 7-4 (8-12) Hampered at start and tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, was one pace final furlong, 3rd of 4, 11l behind Dream Lodge (8-9) at Doncaster 1m stk (3) gf in Jul.
Lang Shining (IRE) 5-1 (9-5) Behind, stayed on well final furlong, nearest finish, 8th of 15, 4 1/2l behind Lovelace (9-6) at Sandown 1m hcap (2) gf in Jul.
Gold Sovereign (IRE) Evensfav (10-0) Held up in rear, headway 2f out, shaken up to lead approaching final furlong, ran on, won at Redcar 1m hcap (3) gf in Jun beating Ansells Pride (9-10) by 3 1/2l, 6 ran.
Dhaular Dhar (IRE) 25-1 (9-2) Held up towards rear, switched left over 2f out, headway, not clear run over 1f out, ran on well, went 2nd towards finish, 2nd of 25, 1 1/2l behind Laa Rayb (9-7) at Ascot 7f hcap (2) gf in Jul.
Royal Power (IRE) 20-1 (9-1) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, soon beaten, 13th of 18, 8l behind Little White Lie (9-0) at Newmarket 7f hcap (2) gd in Jul.
Regal Parade 12-1 (8-8) In touch, led 2f out, soon edged left under pressure, headed near finish, 3rd of 18, 1l behind Little White Lie (9-0) at Newmarket 7f hcap (2) gd in Jul.
Fishforcompliments 18-1 (8-2) In touch, ridden 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 14th of 16, 40l behind Flying Clarets (8-12) at York 1m 2f hcap (2) hvy in Jul.
Extraterrestrial 25-1 (8-8) Held up, ridden over 2f out, never on terms, 10th of 16, 24l behind Flying Clarets (8-12) at York 1m 2f hcap (2) hvy in Jul.
Flipando (IRE) 3-1fav (9-9) Tracked leaders, driven, effort when not much room 1f out and inside final furlong, switched right, no impression when not clear run towards finish, 6th of 11, 4l behind Sir Xaar (9-4) at Newcastle 7f hcap (3) gf in Jul.
Ballinteni 10-1 (9-6) Held up in touch, ridden to challenge well over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 4th of 6, 9l behind Humungous (9-7) at Ascot 1m 2f stk 0-95 (2) gf in Jul.
Masaalek 9-2fav (8-8) Held up, headway over 2f out, ridden to challenege over 1f out, not quicken inside final furlong, 3rd of 15, 1 1/2l behind Lovelace (9-6) at Sandown 1m hcap (2) gf in Jul.
Fifteen Love (USA) 15-2 (8-9) Steadied start, held up behind, headway 2f out, stayed on final furlong, nearest finish, 5th of 15, 2l behind Lovelace (9-6) at Sandown 1m hcap (2) gf in Jul.
Huzzah (IRE) 20-1 (9-9) In touch, driven to challenge over 2f out, stayed on same pace final furlong, 6th of 19, 3 1/2l behind Duntulm (9-3) at Newmarket 1m 3yo hcp (2) gd in Jul.
Unshakable (IRE) 16-1 (8-9) Tracked leaders, effort 2f out, one pace from over 1f out, 7th of 15, 4l behind Lovelace (9-6) at Sandown 1m hcap (2) gf in Jul.
Cape Hawk (IRE) 11-2 (9-6) Tracked leaders, led over 1f out, soon hung left, kept on well, ridden out, won at Ascot 1m hcp 0-95 (3) gs in Jul beating Meydan Dubai (8-13) by 2l, 8 ran.