A battle for the lead looks on the cards in this with recent winners Alejandro and Dark Emerald both liking their own way up front. Capo Rosso's winning run came to end attempting to make all at Ayr last time and Tellovoi adopts front-running tactics more often than not. APOSTLE will benefit if a cut-throat pace ensues and David Simcock's charge gets the nod ahead of Heavy Metal. The latter beat Chilworth Icon easily enough at Redcar last month but finished last at Newcastle on his latest start.
Capo Rosso (IRE) 4-1 (9-5) Led, ridden and headed over 2f out, lost place 1f out, weakened inside fianl furlong, 6th of 8, 8l behind Two For Two (9-6) at Ayr 1m hcp 0-105 (2) gf in Jun.
Alejandro (IRE) 7-1 (8-13) Made all, ridden over 1f out, held on well, won at York 7f hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Jun beating Foxtrot Romeo (9-0) by 1 1/2l, 15 ran.
Dark Emerald (IRE) 6-1 (9-6) Led, headed over 5f out, led over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on well towards finish, won at Newmarket 7f hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Jun beating Englishman (9-6) by 1 1/2l, 9 ran.
Heavy Metal 15-2 (9-1) Close up until ridden and weakened over 1f out, last of 8, 13l behind Dance And Dance (9-1) at Newcastle 1m hcp 0-105 (2) gf in Jun.
Tellovoi (IRE) 14-1 (9-6) Pulled hard, soon tracking leaders, lost place over 2f out, 8th of 9, 19l behind The Rectifier (10-0) at Salisbury 1m hcp 0-100 (2) gf in Jun.
Laffan (IRE) 11-2 (8-9) Tracked leaders on outside, ran wide on bend 4f out, soon lost place, no impression after, 6th of 7, 8l behind Majestic Moon (8-12) at Musselburgh 7f hcp 0-100 (2) gs in Jun.
Chilworth Icon 12-1 (9-12) Tracked leading trio, chased leading pair over 1f out, went 2nd inside final furlong, driven and strong challenge in closing stages, just failed, 2nd of 8, shd behind Swiss Cross (9-9) at Epsom Downs 6f hcp 0-95 (3) gf.
Apostle (IRE) 11-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, effort over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace, no impression inside final furlong, 5th of 11, 6l behind Almargo (8-4) at Newcastle 7f hcp 105 (2) gf in Jun.