Another cracking renewal of this prestigious sprint and the contest is as open as the betting suggests. Hoof It tries again to bridge the gap between handicaps and Group 1 company having fallen short over 5f in the Nunthorpe at York, when finishing just behind Kingsgate Native. Mick Easterby's progressive four-year-old will appreciate the extra here, but so will Sir Michael Stoute's enigmatic sprinter who could easily play a part if in the mood. Considering he's best at this trip, Golden Jubilee winner Society Rock ran a cracker over 7f in the Prix Maurice De Gheest last time and had the tough Genki, Wootton Bassett and Dream Ahead behind at Deauville. However, he's been done no favours by the draw here. Delegator looked unlucky behind Dream Ahead in the July Cup and can be forgiven a subsequent poor effort at Goodwood. But he, too, may be inconvenienced by a low draw and has never won in this grade. Elzaam has claims on his best form but BATED BREATH deserves to win a race like this on his efforts this season. He beat Society Rock over C&D in May and was only caught close home by Dream Ahead at Newmarket on unsuitably fast ground. Taken off his feet over 5f at York, this could finally be his chance to shine.
Bated Breath 5-1 (9-11) Raced far side chased leader, ridden and every chance over 1f out, kept on one pace, 9th of 15, 5l behind Margot Did (9-6) at York 5f Grp 1 (1) gs in Aug.
Dalghar (FR) 8-1 (9-2) In touch in mid-division, took keen hold, not clear run and hanging right over 1f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, well held by leaders, 6th of 9, 4 1/2l behind Strong Suit (8-9) at Goodwood 7f Grp 2 (1) gd in Jul.
Delegator 7-2 (9-6) Held up in rear, took keen hold, eased out left over 2f out, ridden and effort over 1f out, no impression, weakened inside final furlong, last of 9, 9l behind Strong Suit (8-9) at Goodwood 7f Grp 2 (1) gd in Jul.
Doncaster Rover (USA) 3-1fav (9-0) Led early, in touch, pushed along and switched left 3f out, kept on towards finish, never able to challenge, 6th of 8, 2l behind Libranno (8-13) at Goodwood 7f Grp 3 (1) gd in Aug.
Genki (IRE) 25-1 (9-2) Towards rear, some progress inside final 2f, kept on, 4th of 13, 4 1/2l behind Moonlight Cloud (8-8) at Deauville(FR) 6f Grp 1 (1) sft in Aug.
Hitchens (IRE) 28-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, driven to challenge over 2f out, kept on well under pressure, 3rd of 16, 2l behind Dream Ahead (8-13) at Newmarket 6f Grp 1 (1) gf in Jul.
Hoof It 11-4fav (9-11) Raced center in touch in rear, pushed along halfway, ridden 2f out, stayed on final furlong, never able to challenge, 6th of 15, 2l behind Margot Did (9-6) at York 5f Grp 1 (1) gs in Aug.
Kingsgate Native (IRE) 20-1 (9-11) Raced stands side tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, not pace to challenge winner, 4th of 15, 1 1/2l behind Margot Did (9-6) at York 5f Grp 1 (1) gs in Aug.
Masamah (IRE) 8-1 (9-11) Switched left soon after start, led far side group, ridden and every chance over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 15, 3 1/2l behind Margot Did (9-6) at York 5f Grp 1 (1) gs in Aug.
Society Rock (IRE) 7-1 (9-2) Mid-division, effort 2f out, ran on, 2nd of 13, 4l behind Moonlight Cloud (8-8) at Deauville(FR) 6f Grp 1 (1) sft in Aug.
Sole Power 5-1 (9-8) Prominent on stands' side rail, disputed lead halfway, headed well over 1f out, no impression on winner inside final furlong, kept on same pace, 2nd of 8, 1 3/4l behind Amour Propre (9-3) at Curragh 5f Grp 3 (1) gd in Aug.
Tiddliwinks 25-1 (9-11) Raced far side held up, never a factor, 11th of 15, 7l behind Margot Did (9-6) at York 5f Grp 1 (1) gs in Aug.
Dream Ahead (USA) Evensfav (8-11) Mid-division, asked for effort over 2f out, never nearer, 7th of 13, 7l behind Moonlight Cloud (8-8) at Deauville(FR) 6f Grp 1 (1) sft in Aug.
Elzaam (AUS) 7-1 (8-13) Chased leaders, ridden to challenge over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 8th of 16, 4 1/2l behind Dream Ahead (8-13) at Newmarket 6f Grp 1 (1) gf in Jul.
Wootton Bassett 14-1 (8-11) Always prominent, led 2f out, headed 1f out, plugged on, 5th of 13, 6l behind Moonlight Cloud (8-8) at Deauville(FR) 6f Grp 1 (1) sft in Aug.
Bewitched (IRE) 3-1fav (9-1) Towards rear far side group, effort over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 14th of 16, 10l behind Society Rock (9-4) at Royal Ascot 6f Grp 1 (1) sft in Jun.