York fourth Mass Rally was only beaten a head in this last year but the ground will probably be a lot quicker today. Body And Soul could only finish fourth when well backed for a valuable handicap at Musselburgh last time while Hitchens may be starting to feel his age and this is a step up in grade for impressive Chester winner Sir Maximilian, though that victory is working out well. Danzeno was another to start favourite for a hot handicap last time but he stopped quickly once headed so also has a bit to prove. Only one three-year-old has won this since 2006 but SAAYERR must go close if running up to the form which saw him finish only a length-and-a-quarter behind Irish 2000 Guineas runner-up Shifting Power at Newmarket in April.
Hitchens (IRE) 33-1 (9-0) Mid-division, ridden over 1f out, soon weakened, 11th of 14, 6l behind Rocky Ground (9-0) at Windsor 6f Listed stks (1) gd.
Mass Rally (IRE) 20-1 (9-8) Dwelt in rear, ridden over 2f out, headway towards centre over 1f out, stayed on, 4th of 13, 2 1/4l behind Maarek (9-13) at York 6f Grp 2 (1) sft in May.
Ruwaiyan (USA) 2-1fav (9-13) Steadied start, keen in rear, progress on inner 5f out, headway over 1f out, joined winner inside final furlong, ridden and ran on but held near finish, 2nd of 13, nk behind Clockmaker (9-11) at Goodwood 7f hcp 0-90 (3) gd.
Sir Maximilian (IRE) 7-1 (8-7) Held up off the pace towards rear, headway 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, went 2nd inside final furlong, led final 150 yards, ran on strongly and won going away, won at Chester 5f hcp 0-105 (2) gd in May beating Caspian Prince (9-2) by 2 3/4l, 12 ran.
Body And Soul (IRE) 4-1fav (9-3) Mid-division, headway over 1f out, led 1f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on, 4th of 17, 1 3/4l behind Demora (8-8) at Musselburgh 5f hcp (4yo+) (2) sft.
Danzeno 7-2fav (9-4) Played up in stalls, bumped start, soon close up, ridden and hung left 2f out, no extra inside final furlong, 9th of 20, 6l behind See The Sun (8-7) at York 6f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gd.
Saayerr 10-1 (9-4) Steadied start and went right start, in rear, switched right and effort over 1f out, soon ridden, no impression inside final furlong, 4th of 6, 1 1/4l behind Shifting Power (9-1) at Newmarket 7f (1) gd in Apr.