Class Is Class had already run twice when landing this a year ago and his two subsequent starts were in Group 3's on soft ground. He should win some good races this year but the lack of race fitness may count against him in this very competitive event. Al Zir is another who should be up to scoring at a higher level but the Derby sixth may be better over further than he faces today. Forte Dei Marmi didn't look suited to the track at Chester and should do better but this can go to SPANISH DUKE. John Dunlop's charge has had plenty of experience but looked very progressive when landing a strong Epsom handicap a month ago and can take advantage of his fitness against rivals who may just need the run.
Al Zir (USA) 15-2 (8-13) In touch, headway to track leaders over 2f out, ridden to challenge and every chance over 1f out, hampered by winner inside final furlong and lost 2 places, 4th of 13, 2 1/4l behind Tazeez (9-3) at Newmarket 1m 1f Grp 3 (1) gd in Oct.
City Leader (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) Held up, headway to get in behind leaders 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 8, 9l behind Side Glance (9-0) at Ascot 1m Listed stks (1) gf in Apr.
Class Is Class (IRE) 5-2 (9-0) Tracked leaders, pushed along over 3f out, soon ridden, no impression inside final furlong, 4th of 5, 3l behind Distant Memories (9-0) at Windsor 1m 2f Grp 3 (1) sft in Aug.
Forte Dei Marmi 15-2 (9-0) Held up in rear, headway over 2f out, went 3rd over 1f out, kept on, not troubled leaders, 3rd of 5, 5l behind Await The Dawn (9-3) at Chester 1m 2f Grp 3 (1) gf.
Prince Siegfried (FR) 7-1 (9-3) Led, headed over 2f out, soon ridden, kept on and every chance inside final furlong, no extra final 50 yards, 2nd of 7, 3 1/2l behind Timepiece (8-11) at Newmarket 1m 2f Listed stks (1) gs in Oct.
Spanish Duke (IRE) 14-1 (9-6) Took keen hold early stages, soon held up in mid-division on inside, eased out travelling well over 2f out, cruised up to lead over 1f out, soon clear, easily, won at Epsom Downs 1m 2f hcp 0-105 (2) gd in Apr beating Resurge (9-5) by 1l, 13 ran.
Principal Role (USA) 13-2 (9-0) Tracked leaders, ridden and every chance 2f out, weakened final furlong, 8th of 15, 7l behind Modeyra (8-11) at Newmarket 1m 2f fll lst stks (1) gd in Oct.
Sea Of Heartbreak (IRE) 16-1 (8-12) In rear, headway when switched right over 1f out, soon short of room, ridden to chase easy winner inside final furlong, 2nd of 11, 4 1/2l behind I'm A Dreamer (8-12) at Newmarket 1m 1f flls Grp 3 (1) gf.