DARK EMERALD was outclassed in the Coventry at Royal Ascot in June but his 10 length defeat was still pretty good form in the context of this race. Brendan Powell's colt gets the nod ahead of another all-weather debutant in Mission Approved. He was sent off favourite for his introduction at Newmarket but never threatened and has some catching up to do to match the selection. Royal Prize, Alcaeus and Keep Calm should finish closer without looking good enough to win and Flying Tempo is a newcomer to note.
Alcaeus 40-1 (9-3) Dwelt, held up in rear, struggling over 2f out, 8th of 11, 16l behind Filfil (9-3) at Kempton 7f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol.
Dark Emerald (IRE) 200-1 (9-1) In rear, never a factor, 12th of 22, 10l behind Dawn Approach (9-1) at Royal Ascot 6f 2yo Grp 2 (1) gd in Jun.
Flying Tempo Royal Applause colt out of Bel Tempo.
Keep Calm 50-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened, last of 17, 33l behind Blessington (9-0) at Goodwood 6f 2yo mdn (2) gd in Jul.
Last Chance Ranch Manduro colt out of Rakata.
Mission Approved 5-2fav (9-3) Tracked leaders, ridden and every chance when hampered over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 8th of 11, 4l behind Boomshackerlacker (9-3) at Newmarket 6f 2yo mdn (5) sft in Jun.
Royal Prize 20-1 (9-3) Chased leader, brought field to near side in straight and led group over 3f out until 3f out, chased leader that side until well over 1f out, weakened over 1f, 7th of 10, 8l behind Hot Diggity (9-3) at Sandown 7f 2yo mdn (5) gd in Jul.
Aphrodite's Dream Manduro filly out of Trick Of Ace.
Atalanta Bay (IRE) Strategic Prince filly out of Wood Sprite.
Dark Justice (IRE) 40-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride and swished tail leaving stalls, behind, headway and in touch 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 9, 9l behind Fleeting Smile (9-0) at Ascot 7f 2yo stks (4) fm in Jul.
Wild Diamond (IRE) 50-1 (8-12) Always in rear, last of 12, 28l behind Ajmany (9-3) at Newmarket 7f 2yo mdn aut (5) gf.