It's hard to escape the claims of BORDERLESCOTT, whose enthusiasm knows no bounds and he is taken to confirm his superiority over Spin Cycle and Amour Propre as he bids to better his finishing position (fourth) in this race last year. Having also finished as runner up in two previous Stewards Cups, the idiosyncrasies of Goodwood's sprint track hold no fears for Robin Bastiman's gelding and this tough-as-teak performer is the logical choice today. Amour Propre represents a yard that has enjoyed a cracking spell recently and, although he needs to pull something out of the fire to get the better of the selection, he can represent good value to claim a place in the frame. The same comments apply to Spin Cycle, who has already finished behind Bastiman's stable-star three times since the start of May. However, the four-year-old will enjoy the conditions and at least has experience of racing at this unique course. Others for the shortlist include: Triple Aspect, who comfortably held Group Therapy in a Group 3 at Sandown earlier this month - a return to form after being outclassed behind Starspangledbanner in the Golden Jubilee at Royal Ascot. This is a more realistic target and, although another furlong may suit him better these days; William Haggas's runner is very much respected. Elnawin also represents an in-form yard and comes here with a feasible chance of gaining a first win at this level. However, he too was not a match for Borderlescott when they met in the Palace House Stakes at the start of the season and has a tough task ahead of him if the selection finally gets the rub of the green this afternoon.
Amour Propre 25-1 (9-4) Dwelt, raced stand side, chased leaders, ridden and hung right over 1f out, soon weakened, 8th of 12, 6l behind Equiano (9-4) at Royal Ascot 5f Grp 1 (1) gd in Jun.
Borderlescott 8-13fav (9-0) Tracked leaders going well, switched right as leader quickened over 1f out, ran on well inside final furlong, just held, 3rd of 8, 1/2l behind Blue Jack (9-0) at Chester 5f Listed stks (1) gf.
Captain Dunne (IRE) 8-1 (9-10) Tracked leader, led halfway, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 11th of 12, 10l behind Favourite Girl (8-4) at Ayr 5f hcap (2) sft.
Elnawin 2-5fav (8-9) Led after 1f, came well clear final furlong, easily, won at Newmarket 5f cond Stakes (3) gf beating Angus Newz (8-4) by 5l, 6 ran.
Group Therapy 3-1 (9-3) Took keen hold, prominent on rail, switched left off rail halfway, 2nd 2f out, led just inside final furlong, ran on under pressure, headed and not pace of winner final 75 yards, 2nd of 6, 1/2l behind Triple Aspect (9-3) at Sandown 5f Grp 3 (1) gf.
Moorhouse Lad 14-1 (9-3) Chased leader, pushed along halfway, ridden and lost 2nd 2f out, soon weakened, last of 6, 10l behind Triple Aspect (9-3) at Sandown 5f Grp 3 (1) gf.
Rowe Park 12-1 (9-6) Raced center, bumped start, in rear, ridden halfway, not troubled leaders, 11th of 19, 4 1/2l behind Masamah (9-1) at Ascot 5f hcap (2) gf.
Spin Cycle (IRE) 9-2fav (9-5) Chased leaders, ridden from 2f out, 5th 1f out, soon no extra, 5th of 12, 2 1/2l behind Glamorous Spirit (9-2) at Curragh 5f Grp 3 (1) gf in Jun.
Triple Aspect (IRE) 15-8fav (9-3) Soon pushed along in last pair, headway travelling well halfway, hanging right when switched left to outer over 1f out, 2nd inside final furlong, driven and stayed on to lead final 75 yards, won at Sandown 5f Grp 3 (1) gf beating Group Therapy (9-3) by 1/2l, 6 ran.
Gilt Edge Girl 13-2 (9-4) Tracked leaders, ridden to challenge and every chance over 1f out, soon one pace, lost 2nd well inside final furlong, no extra, 3rd of 10, 2 3/4l behind Rose Blossom (8-10) at York 6f flls Group 3 stks (1) gf.
Glamorous Spirit (IRE) 13-2 (9-2) Led, ridden and headed 2f out, weakened 1f out, last of 8, 21l behind Blue Jack (9-0) at Chester 5f Listed stks (1) gf.
Starfish Bay (USA) 9-10fav (8-11) Away alertly, clear, won at Monmouth Park(USA) 5f Grade 3 stks (4yo+) fm in Jun beating Candy Cane (8-7) by 3 1/2l, 12 ran.
Mister Hughie (IRE) 16-1 (9-2) In rear, staying on when hampered 1f out, not troubled leaders, 9th of 20, 7l behind Fireback (8-1) at Newmarket 6f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gf.
Mister Manannan (IRE) 25-1 (8-12) Slowly into stride, raced center, tracked leader after 1f, ridden and weakened 2f out, soon eased, last of 12, 26l behind Equiano (9-4) at Royal Ascot 5f Grp 1 (1) gd in Jun.
Astrophysical Jet 9-2fav (9-10) Tracked leaders going well, led 1f out, ridden and quickened clear, ran on, won at Newmarket 5f hcp 0-95 (3) gf beating Five Star Junior (9-13) by 2 1/2l, 11 ran.
Piccadilly Filly (IRE) 12-1 (8-10) Chased leader in 2nd, ridden from 2f out, dropped to 3rd 1f out, no extra, 4th of 12, 2 1/4l behind Glamorous Spirit (9-2) at Curragh 5f Grp 3 (1) gf in Jun.
Tropical Treat 13-2 (8-10) Mid-division, ridden and headway over 1f out, stayed on under pressure to press winner well inside final furlong, held near finish, 2nd of 10, nk behind Rose Blossom (8-10) at York 6f flls Group 3 stks (1) gf.