Three-year-olds have won the last two of these and BIG THUNDER looks set to make it a hat-trick. He's thrived on the fast ground in recent weeks and though only narrowly beating Salutation at Bath he looked to have something in hand. The runner-up is trained by Mark Johnston who has Ofcoursewecan entered here but he's been badly out of form since scoring at Beverley in April. Tajheez scored on Polytrack then completed a double on soft ground here. He ran poorly when tackling good going at Newmarket and may need some rain. Barton Bounty has won twice at Ayr in recent weeks and though up 4lb he's run well from this mark in the past.
Shukhov (IRE) 20-1 (9-2) Towards rear, ridden and no impression 2f out, kept on one pace from over 1f out, 5th of 8, 9l behind He's Got Rhythm (8-12) at Bellewstown 1m hcp 60-90 gf.
Big Thunder 10-11fav (8-7) Slowly into stride, chased leading pair and pushed along throughout, slightly hampered on inside 6f out, went 2nd over 3f out, soon driven along, led narrowly entering final furlong, always just doing enough, won at Bath 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) fm beating Salutation (9-3) by nk, 4 ran.
Tajheez (IRE) 13-8fav (8-13) Held up mid-division and keen, kept on same pace fiinal 2f, 4th of 7, 13l behind Paris Rose (9-2) at Newmarket 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Jun.
Barton Bounty 7-2 (9-2) Awkwardly away in touch, ridden to lead over 1f out, joined inside final furlong, ran on, won at Ayr 1m 2f hcp 0-60 (6) gf beating Meglio Ancora (8-13) by shd, 8 ran.
Royal Sea (IRE) 20-1 (7-9) Mid-division, pushed along over 3f out, ridden over 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 4th of 8, 4l behind Stellar Express (9-4) at Chester 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Ofcoursewecan (USA) 12-1 (8-4) Close up, ridden 2f out, weakened final furlong, 8th of 9, 9l behind Argaki (7-11) at Ayr 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Smirfy's Silver 16-1 (8-9) Held up in rear, headway to chase leaders over 4f out, kept on under pressure to go 3rd close home, 3rd of 8, 2 1/2l behind Shirataki (9-7) at Lingfield 1m 4f app hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Apr.