The prolific Mutual Regard is finding life tough this season off a 12lb higher mark but that's not to say he won't improve for today's extra distance. He has obvious claims but a chance is taken on PERENNIAL returning to form. A broken blood vessel was responsible for a poor showing at Newmarket last time but he has untapped potential over today's trip and is dropped in class for this. Cosimo De Medici never figured at Ascot last month but had beaten Danvilla when runner-up at Goodwood before that while Dark Ranger has slipped down the weights and makes more appeal than Spice Fair and Presto Volante.
Perennial 9-1 (8-12) Close up, ridden 3f out, weakened 2f out, 10th of 13, 26l behind Tiger Cliff (8-8) at Newmarket 1m 6f hcp 0-105 (2) gf in May.
Mutual Regard (IRE) 2-1 (9-10) Tracked leaders, ridden over 3f out, stayed on same pace from over 1f out, no impression on front pair, 3rd of 7, 3l behind Merchant Of Dubai (8-12) at Musselburgh 1m 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jun.
Theology 33-1 (9-3) Held up towards rear, pushed along and weakened over 2f out, 9th of 14, 15l behind De Rigueur (8-13) at Haydock 2m hcp 0-100 (2) gf in Jun.
Ermyn Lodge 25-1 (9-10) Chased leaders, went 2nd 7f out, pushed along over 4f out, ridden and hung right 2f out, weakened soon after, 12th of 13, 19l behind Homeric (9-4) at Ascot 2m hcp 0-90 (3) gf in May.
Desert Recluse (IRE) 33-1 (8-5) Tracked leaders, ridden 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 13, 13l behind Tiger Cliff (8-8) at Newmarket 1m 6f hcp 0-105 (2) gf in May.
Fleur De La Vie (IRE) 8-1 (9-2) Towards rear, headway 3f out, soon ridden, weakened final furlong, last of 10, 9l behind Cool Sky (9-3) at Sandown 1m 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Jun.
Cosimo De Medici 20-1 (9-2) Started very slowly, behind, poor 13th when eased final 2f, tailed off, 13th of 19, well behind Chiberta King (9-2) at Royal Ascot 2m 6f stks (2) gf in Jun.
Danvilla 12-1 (9-10) Chased leader, pushed along over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 10, 4 1/2l behind Riptide (9-1) at Pontefract 2m 1f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Jun.
Spice Fair 12-1 (9-1) Slowly away in rear, headway on inner 2f out, ridden to chase winner inside final furlong, stayed on, 2nd of 10, 1l behind Cool Sky (9-3) at Sandown 1m 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Jun.
Dark Ranger 8-1 (8-13) Held up, ridden over 2f out, headway over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, went 2nd towards finish, unable to trouble winner, 2nd of 8, 3/4l behind Taglietelle (8-11) at Newmarket 1m 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jun.
Presto Volante (IRE) 6-4fav (9-4) Tracked leading trio, headway on outside over 3f out, led approaching final 2f, ridden clear over 1f out, stayed on well, ridden out, won at Lingfield 2m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in May beating Scribe (8-12) by 5l, 6 ran.
Beat Route 20-1 (8-13) In touch, ridden 3f out, not trouble leaders, 5th of 10, 10l behind Porcini (9-7) at Newmarket 1m 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Jun.