This race has been won by some redoubtable stayers in the past and it will be interesting to see how Testudo gets on as Brian Meehan's colt holds an entry for the St Leger at Doncaster next month. Aiken was a progressive individual before his absence and it wouldn't be the biggest of surprises were John Gosden to have him ready first time out but we'll err on the side of caution and stick with LOST IN THE MOMENT. The six-year-old accounted for I'm Your Man when they met in the Fred Archer Stakes, and if anything, today's step up in trip should suit. Royal Empire is a player if managing to stay the extra distance while Red Cadeaux is sure to run his race despite the 6lb penalty he accrues for his victory in the Hong Kong Vase.
Red Cadeaux 25-1 (9-7) Held up in rear, went poor 6th over 1f out, never a factor, 6th of 8, 14l behind Novellist (9-7) at Ascot 1m 4f Grp 1 (1) gf in Jul.
Aiken 4-1 (9-7) Held up disputing 5th, headway on outside over 2f out, disputing 2nd 2f out, went 2nd inside final 2f, ridden to lead 1f out, headed and no extra final 50 yards, 2nd of 9, nk behind Rite Of Passage (9-7) at Ascot 2m Grp 3 (1) sft in Oct.
Biographer 2-1 (9-0) Held up last, headway on outside travelling well 3f out, went 2nd 2f out and edged right, soon ridden, every chance over 1f out, outstayed final 100 yards, 2nd of 6, 3/4l behind Caucus (9-0) at Sandown 2m Listed Stakes (4yo+) (1) gf in Jul.
Genzy (FR) 12-1 (9-8) Steadied start, held up in last pair, travelling well when troubled passage from 2f out, soon hanging right, squeezed through inside final furlong, strong run to 2nd close home, just failed, 2nd of 9, hd behind Bishop Roko (9-3) at Ascot 1m 4f hcp 105 (2) gf in Jul.
I'm Your Man (FR) 11-4 (9-3) Tracked leaders, switched to centre 4f out, ridden over 1f out, every chance when edged left inside final furlong, ran on, 2nd of 4, hd behind Lost In The Moment (9-0) at Newmarket 1m 4f Listed Stakes (4yo+) (1) gd in Jun.
Lost In The Moment (IRE) 10-3 (9-0) Chased leaders, hard ridden over 3f out, led over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra, 2nd of 6, 1/2l behind Forgotten Voice (9-0) at Goodwood 1m 4f Grp 3 (1) gd.
Model Pupil 6-1 (9-0) Hung right throughout, tracked leading pair, went 2nd 10f out, lost 2nd over 2f out, soon ridden weakened over 1f out, 5th of 6, 11l behind Caucus (9-0) at Sandown 2m Listed Stakes (4yo+) (1) gf in Jul.
Royal Empire 9-4fav (9-4) Held up in last pair in touch, switched outside 3f out, ridden and headway 2f out, led inside final furlong, stayed on well towards finish, won at Newbury 1m 2f Listed stks 3yo (1) gf in Jul beating Al Waab (8-9) by 1 1/2l, 6 ran.
Ralston Road (IRE) 100-1 (9-0) Soon led and clear, reduced lead approaching straight, soon headed, 3rd 2f out, soon no extra, 7th of 9, 12l behind Trading Leather (9-0) at Curragh 1m 4f 3yo Grp 1 (1) gf in Jun.
Testudo (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) Led, pushed along over 3f out, ridden and headed approaching final furlong, kept on, 4th of 7, 1 3/4l behind Cap O'Rushes (9-0) at Goodwood 1m 4f 3yo Grp 3 (1) gs in Jul.