Richard Hannon has claimed the last three renewals and all three winners had either won or been placed in the Group 2 Superlative Stakes at Newmarket beforehand. But today's representatives have only minor maiden victories to their name and despite Richard Hughes choosing Toormore ahead of Expert, both have plenty of catching up to do to match PARBOLD's second in the Coventry at Ascot. That race isn't working out too well but Richard Fahey's colt finished well ahead of subsequent Newbury winner Lanark and should prevail. Rosso Corsa has a bit to find with the latter on latest running while Recanted finished last when quietly fancied in the Superlative earlier this month. Like both the Hannon runners, Outstrip is a maiden winner with something to prove at this level.
Expert (IRE) 15-8fav (9-5) Made all, hung badly left from over 1f out, ran on, finished on far side rail, won at Newmarket 7f 2yo mdn (4) gf beating Madeed (9-5) by 2 1/4l, 8 ran.
Lanark (IRE) Evensfav (8-13) Made virtually all, driven over 2f out, ridden clear inside final furlong, stayed on well, won at Newbury 7f 2yo stks (4) gf beating Rosso Corsa (8-13) by 2 3/4l, 4 ran.
Outstrip 4-1 (9-5) Dwelt towards rear, good headway approaching final furlong, led inside final furlong, ran on, comfortably, won at Newmarket 7f 2yo mdn (4) gd in Jun beating True Story (9-5) by 1 1/2l, 13 ran.
Parbold (IRE) 16-1 (9-1) In rear, headway when hampered 2f out, ridden and ran on to go 2nd near finish, no chance with winner, 2nd of 15, 6l behind War Command (9-1) at Royal Ascot 6f 2yo Grp 2 (1) gd in Jun.
Recanted (USA) 9-2 (9-0) Held up, pushed along 3f out, effort 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, last of 8, 14l behind Good Old Boy Lukey (9-0) at Newmarket 7f 2yo Grp 2 (1) gf.
Rosso Corsa 11-2 (8-13) Pressed winner, driven 3f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace, no impression with winner inside final furlong, held on for 2nd towards finish, 2nd of 4, 2 3/4l behind Lanark (8-13) at Newbury 7f 2yo stks (4) gf.
Toormore (IRE) 5-2fav (9-5) Tracked leaders, led over 1f out, ridden and pressed just inside final furlong, ran on and always holding rival, won at Leicester 6f 2yo mdn (4) gd in May beating Ertijaal (9-5) by nk, 12 ran.