The Johnson and Henderson yards have enjoyed recent success in this and both are doubly represented today. Mark Johnston runs the out of form Good Morning Star and last weekend's Ascot winner Broxbourne. The latter carries a 3lb penalty and has something to find on earlier running at Doncaster with Lieutenant Miller while Nicky Henderson's other runner Courtesy Call ran below par in the Queen Alexandra Stakes over today's trip at the Royal meeting. SOHAR was beaten just over three lengths in the latter race at Ascot which was a fine effort considering he had to race on such unfavourable terms. Back in a handicap with Frankie on board, he's fancied to make a bold bid and reverse running with third-placed Seaside Sizzler. Beyond, Sula Two and Beyond Conceit are others to consider but Kazbow and Italian Riviera are upped in class for this wide-open marathon.
Gassin Golf 6-4fav (8-6) Slowly into stide, took keen hold towards rear, pushed along and no progress over 3f out, headway and switched right over 1f out, stayed on to 2nd final 100 yards, never able to challenge, 2nd of 9, 3 1/2l behind Rumh (9-3) at Goodwood 2m hcp 105 (2) gd in Sep.
Brockwell 20-1 (8-7) Mid-division, outpaced 3f out, ridden inside final 2f, stayed on well under pressure on outside final furlong, dead heated for 3rd post, 3rd of 18, 1 1/2l behind Tominator (9-10) at Newcastle 2m hcp (2) gs in Jun.
Beyond Conceit (IRE) 9-1 (9-3) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 3rd of 14, 6l behind De Rigueur (8-13) at Haydock 2m hcp 0-100 (2) gf in Jun.
Good Morning Star (IRE) 28-1 (9-1) Made most to over 7f out, chased leaders, lost place quickly over 4f out, soon lost touch, tailed off, last of 18, well behind Tominator (9-10) at Newcastle 2m hcp (2) gs in Jun.
Beyond (IRE) 7-2 (9-2) Chased clear leader and clear of the rest, pushed along 6f out, closed to lead over 3f out, stayed on final furlong, won at Salisbury 1m 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jun beating Sula Two (8-10) by 1 1/2l, 6 ran.
Lieutenant Miller 8-1 (9-1) Tracked leaders, headway 2f out, ridden and effort to challenge over 1f out, no chance with winner when went 2nd briefly inside final furlong, no extra in 3rd final 50 yards, 3rd of 19, 3 1/2l behind Well Sharp (9-10) at Royal Ascot 2m 4f hcp 0-95 (2) gd in Jun.
Herostatus 12-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, ridden and every chance 2f out to over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 9th of 14, 8l behind Eagle Rock (8-2) at York 2m hcp 0-95 (3) gf.
Seaside Sizzler 16-1 (9-2) Held up towards rear, headway to mid-division 9f out, chased leaders 4f out, pushed laong in 3rd 3f out, went 2nd 2f out, keepin on same pace when lost 2nd 1f out, plugged on for 3rd, 3rd of 19, 1 3/4l behind Chiberta King (9-2) at Royal Ascot 2m 6f stks (2) gf in Jun.
Courtesy Call (IRE) 6-1 (9-0) Took keen hold tracking leaders, led approaching final 4f, ridden and headed riddenand headed over 2f out, weakened quickly well over 1f out, tailed off, 11th of 19, 41l behind Chiberta King (9-2) at Royal Ascot 2m 6f stks (2) gf in Jun.
First Avenue 3-1 (9-5) Took keen hold, raced wide in 4th, dropped to rear over 6f out,, 4th of 5, 17l behind Aquilonius (9-1) at Lingfield 2m hcp 0-95 (3) gf.
The Betchworth Kid 33-1 (9-3) Dwelt and slowly away, behind until joined field in rear 10f out, weakened 3f out, last of 10, 17l behind Arch Villain (8-12) at Goodwood 1m 6f hcp 0-105 (2) gs in May.
Broxbourne (IRE) 12-1 (9-2) Tracked leaders, hard driven over 3f out, led over 1f out, ridden clear final furlong, won at Ascot 2m hcp 0-100 (2) gd beating Homeric (9-11) by 3 1/2l, 6 ran.
Sula Two 3-1 (9-2) Held up behind in touch, driven and headway on outside over 2f out, led just inside final furlong, ridden out, won at Newbury 2m hcp 0-80 (4) gf beating Our Folly (9-1) by 2 3/4l, 5 ran.
Sohar 33-1 (8-11) Tracked leaders in 5th, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 7th of 19, 3 1/2l behind Chiberta King (9-2) at Royal Ascot 2m 6f stks (2) gf in Jun.
Kazbow (IRE) 4-1 (9-12) Made all, clear from 3f out, stayed on strongly, unchallenged, won at Pontefract 2m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Apr beating Stickleback (8-1) by 4 1/2l, 11 ran.
Italian Riviera 4-5fav (9-8) Went right start, in touch, stumbled 10f out and rider lost iron briefly, ridden 3f out, kept on to go 2nd inside final furlong, no chance with winner, 2nd of 6, 19l behind Wild Desert (9-2) at Warwick 1m 7f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jun.
Cloudy Spirit 40-1 (8-11) Held up towards rear, pushed along and headway on inside 2f out, ridden over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, never going pace to reach leaders, 5th of 19, 2 3/4l behind Chiberta King (9-2) at Royal Ascot 2m 6f stks (2) gf in Jun.
Mexicali (IRE) 20-1 (9-7) Tracked leader, led 4f out, clear over 2f out, kept on well, won at Kempton 2m hcp 0-75 (5) pol beating Story Writer (9-1) by 1 3/4l, 14 ran.
High Office 8-1 (8-9) Prominent, ridden over 3f out, switched right over 2f out, soon edged right, stayed on same pace, 4th of 8, 5l behind Kiwayu (8-13) at York 1m 4f hcp 0-100 (2) gf.
Ermyn Lodge 33-1 (8-11) Soon driven along towards rear, headway to chase leaders as pace slackened 10f out, pushed along inside final mile, weakened 4f out, tailed off, last of 11, 45l behind Dark Ranger (8-9) at Kempton 2m hcp (0-90) (3) pol.