Ahtoug had been in excellent form in Dubai before returning with a fair run in the King's Stand Stakes but didn't go so well in a Group 3 at Sandown next time. Heeraat had only four rivals to beat in this a year ago and this is much tougher while Highland Colori would prefer another furlong and some rain and was behind Rocky Ground at Windsor last month, as was Music Master, who has since run very well in the Diamond Jubilee. It's a long time since a three-year-old won the race but the lightly-raced and progressive Naadirr should give a good account. All of INTIBAAH's three victories on Turf have come on soft ground so connections will be hoping the going eases. He won an Ascot handicap in October and reappeared in May to score at Haydock and now looks ready to step-up into this grade so gets the verdict.
Ahtoug 6-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, ridden inside final 2f, one pace when not clear run and switched left 1f out, never on terms, 7th of 10, 4 1/2l behind Extortionist (8-12) at Sandown 5f Grp 3 (1) gf.
Complicate (AUS) 7-1 (9-2) Close up, headway to chase winner over 1f out, kept on same pace and lost two places inside final furlong, 4th of 9, 4l behind Justice Day (8-10) at Haydock 6f cond Stakes (2) gs.
Es Que Love (IRE) 20-1 (9-4) Raced far side, held up, headway 2f out, ridden and unable to quicken over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 11th of 14, 8l behind Slade Power (9-4) at Royal Ascot 6f Grp 1 (1) gf in Jun.
Eton Rifles (IRE) 2-1fav (9-12) Tracked leaders, 4th halfway, ridden in 2nd and no impression 1f out, kept on one pace, dropped to 4th closing stages, 4th of 8, 2 1/2l behind Timeless Call (9-7) at Cork 5f Listed stks (1) gf in Jun.
Heeraat (IRE) 12-1 (9-8) Led after 1f, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 7th of 13, 16l behind Maarek (9-13) at York 6f Grp 2 (1) sft in May.
Highland Colori (IRE) 8-1 (9-3) Led until over 4f out, rallied and every chance over 1f out, faded final furlong, 4th of 8, 6l behind Gregorian (9-3) at Newmarket 7f Grp 3 (1) sft in Jun.
Intibaah 5-2fav (9-0) Tracked leaders, pushed along 2f out, led inside final furlong, ran on, won at Haydock 6f cond Stakes (2) sft in May beating Annunciation (9-0) by 1 1/4l, 6 ran.
Music Master 16-1 (9-4) Raced centre, held up, headway over 2f out, led group approaching final 2f, ridden in overall 2nd over 1f out, still every chance when headed in group inside final furlong, kept on same pace in 4th, 4th of 14, 2 3/4l behind Slade Power (9-4) at Royal Ascot 6f Grp 1 (1) gf in Jun.
Rivellino 25-1 (9-4) Raced centre, held up, good headway over 1f out, strong run inside final furlong, went 3rd towards finish, 3rd of 28, 2 1/4l behind Baccarat (9-2) at Royal Ascot 6f hcp 0-110 (2) gf in Jun.
Rocky Ground (IRE) 6-1 (9-8) Raced near side, held up, headway over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, never going pace to challenge, 6th of 28, 3 1/2l behind Baccarat (9-2) at Royal Ascot 6f hcp 0-110 (2) gf in Jun.
Trader Jack 12-1 (9-2) Mid-division, effort and edged right 2f out, stayed on, went 2nd towards finish, unable to challenge winner, 2nd of 15, 1 1/2l behind Shore Step (9-9) at Ascot 6f hcp 0-90 (3) gf.
Hallelujah 8-1 (9-7) Mid-division, outpaced when switched left 2f out, kept on same pace from over 1f out, never on terms, 5th of 10, 8l behind Joyeuse (8-12) at Haydock 6f fll lst stks (1) sft in May.
Naadirr (IRE) 12-1 (9-5) Towards rear, headway going ok over 2f out, ridden and edged left over 1f out, stayed on, went 2nd well inside final furlong, just held, 2nd of 20, nk behind See The Sun (8-7) at York 6f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gd in Jun.
That Is The Spirit 8-1 (9-1) Led, headed approaching final 2f, ridden and lost 2nd 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 9th of 23, 8l behind Mustajeeb (9-4) at Royal Ascot 7f 3yo Grp 3 (1) gd in Jun.