Laudatory beat Hawkhill by nine lengths at Stratford three weeks ago with AHYAKNOWYERSELF a further length-and-half away in fourth. But the top weight reserves his best for that track and is 10lb higher here while the latter looked more in need of the run than most that day. Richard Newland's charge, useful on his day, can come out on top today as Hawkhill has disappointed since at Plumpton. Falcarragh is on a roll but closely matched with Ittirad on last month's Stratford form and Solaras Exhibition is another who has shot up the weights following a recent victory. Watered Silk won twice here in the spring and had a recent pipe-opener on the Flat, as did Prompter, while Sedgefield third Stormy Weather should be approaching peak fitness now and should have a better chance in this grade than either Taaresh or Orthodox Lad.
Laudatory 11-4fav (10-7) Made all, clear before last, stayed on well, won at Stratford 2m hcp hdl 0-150 (2) gf beating Hawkhill (11-0) by 9l, 9 ran.
Solaras Exhibition (IRE) 5-2 (11-11) Tracked leaders, not fluent 3 out, challenged 2 out, soon led, clear before last, eased final 100 yards, won at Stratford 2m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gf in Jul beating Rime Avec Gentil (10-6) by 5l, 6 ran.
Hawkhill (IRE) 10-1 (11-10) Mid-division, mistake 5th, pushed along before next, weakened before 3 out, tailed off, 8th of 10, well behind Alfraamsey (11-4) at Plumpton 2m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gf.
Ahyaknowyerself (IRE) 5-1 (11-0) Held up, not fluent 4th, headway 5th, outpaced after 2 out, stayed on flat, 4th of 9, 11l behind Laudatory (10-7) at Stratford 2m hcp hdl 0-150 (2) gf.
Stormy Weather (FR) 7-2 (11-0) Held up, headway 4th, every chance 3 out, jumped left and not fluent next, 3rd and beaten when jumped left last, 3rd of 6, 5l behind Mount Vesuvius (10-2) at Sedgefield 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gf.
Falcarragh (IRE) 5-6fav (11-2) Tracked leaders, went 2nd after 3rd, closed when not fluent 6th, led after 3 out, ridden and hung right after 2 out, hung right and swished tail flat, held on, won at Newton Abbot 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) gf beating Native Colony (10-5) by hd, 5 ran.
Watered Silk 13-8fav (11-5) Always prominent, led after 3 out, ridden out, stayed on well, won at Market Rasen 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Apr beating Golden Hoof (11-10) by 1 1/2l, 8 ran.
Prompter 4-7fav (11-11) Held up in rear, not fluent 4th, headway approaching 2 out, switched right flat, stayed on to take 2nd final 100 yards, no impression on winner, 2nd of 10, 2 1/4l behind Natural High (11-6) at Worcester 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Oct.
Ittirad (USA) 8-13fav (10-9) Took keen hold, tracked leaders, led before 2nd, asserted before last, ran on well, confortably, won at Market Rasen 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Aug beating Odin (10-12) by 4 1/2l, 4 ran.
Taaresh (IRE) 8-1 (10-7) Held up, headway 4th, challenged 2 out, soon led, ran on flat, ridden out, won at Worcester 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Aug beating Orthodox Lad (10-11) by 2 1/2l, 8 ran.
Orthodox Lad 2-1fav (10-0) Took keen hold tracking leaders, challenged 3 out, outpaced before next, rallied on outside last, chased winner and hung left flat, kept on same pace, 2nd of 10, 1l behind Alfraamsey (11-4) at Plumpton 2m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gf.