Somewhat held on for third in the Eclipse at Sandown having poached an early lead and may be flattered by the bare form. Scotland is preferred having finished just ahead of Snow Sky when third in a Group 2 at Ascot. The latter has the beating of Windshear on a line through his earlier victory in the Lingfield Derby Trial where he also beat Red Galileo. Ed Dunlop's charge has since finished a respectable fifth in the Derby. Aryad never figured in the French Derby last time and Cloudscape makes more appeal stepping up in trip after a fourth in the Group 3 Tercentenary at Ascot when easily beating Somewhat. But the vote goes to OBSERVATIONAL, whose track knowledge should stand him in good stead and may well have improved since landing a Listed event here in May.
Ayrad (IRE) 33-1 (9-2) 11th of 16, 13l behind The Grey Gatsby (9-2) at Chantilly(FR) 1m 2f 3yo Grp 1 (1) gd in Jun.
Cloudscape (IRE) 8-1 (9-0) Took keen hold, soon steadied into 5th, looking for room and not clear run from over 2f out until switched sharply left over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, and finished well, went 4th last stride, never able to challenge, 4th of 8, 2l behind Cannock Chase (9-0) at Royal Ascot 1m 2f 3yo Grp 3 (1) gf in Jun.
Observational 2-1fav (9-0) Tracked leader after 1f until ridden and switched right over 2f out, switched right again and rallied from over 1f out, led inside final furlong, held on, won at Goodwood 1m 3f 3yo lst stk (1) sft in May beating Marzocco (9-0) by nk, 5 ran.
Red Galileo 100-1 (9-0) Held up in rear, headway on wide outside over 1f out, plugged on inside final furlong, went modest 5th towards finish, 5th of 16, 10l behind Australia (9-0) at Epsom Downs 1m 4f 3yo Grp 1 (1) gd in Jun.
Scotland (GER) 25-1 (9-0) Towards rear, ridden over 2f out, headway entering final furlong, driven and stayed on to go 3rd near finish, 3rd of 9, 6l behind Eagle Top (9-0) at Royal Ascot 1m 4f 3yo Grp 2 (1) gf in Jun.
Snow Sky 6-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, went 2nd over 2f out, ridden and every chance over 1f out, no extra near finish, 4th of 9, 6l behind Eagle Top (9-0) at Royal Ascot 1m 4f 3yo Grp 2 (1) gf in Jun.
Somewhat (USA) 100-1 (8-10) Led, headed over 2f out, soon ridden, no impression when lost 2nd over 1f out, kept on under pressure inside final furlong, 3rd of 9, 2 3/4l behind Mukhadram (9-7) at Sandown 1m 2f Grp 1 (1) gf.
Windshear 2-1fav (9-1) In touch towards rear, pushed along and slightly outpaced over 3f out, ridden and headway over 1f out, went 2nd inside final furlong, no impression, 2nd of 6, 2 3/4l behind Hartnell (9-1) at Newmarket 1m 5f 3yo Grp 3 (1) gf.