This looks wide-open though this year's evidence suggests Smarty Socks is not the force of old. Victoire De Lyphar's winning run came to an end at Newmarket last time and he may be back in the handicapper's grip while Almargo has gone off the boil but it would be no surprise to see My Freedom run well after a break given he won over 1m at this meeting last year. FOXTROT ROMEO may have been a shade unlucky when second to Alejandro at York earlier this month. He's 3lb higher here but is still fancied to go one better, though Farlow is running really well this year and looks a danger on his latest fifth at Epsom. Goodwood scorer Clockmaker and Cosmic Chatter make most appeal of the remainder as Apostle is hard to predict and Prince's Trust has a long absence to overcome.
My Freedom (IRE) 11-4fav (9-0) 2nd of 8, 2 1/4l behind Gold City (8-9) at Meydan(UAE) 7f hcp in Feb.
Victoire De Lyphar (IRE) 5-1 (9-7) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, ridden over 1f out, soon outpaced, 4th of 8, 11l behind Hillbilly Boy (9-0) at Newmarket 7f hcp 0-95 (3) gs in May.
Royal Rascal 6-1 (9-2) Held up towards rear, ridden over 1f out, never dangerous, 6th of 9, 9l behind Willbeme (8-2) at York 6f flls hcp 0-100 (2) gd.
Clockmaker (IRE) 10-1 (9-11) Led, clear halfway, edged left over 2f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, rallied to lead again entering final furlong, joined inside final furlong, ran on, gamely, won at Goodwood 7f hcp 0-90 (3) gd beating Ruwaiyan (9-13) by nk, 13 ran.
Cosmic Chatter 25-1 (9-5) Close up, ridden over 2f out, driven over 1f out, stayed on to go 3rd under strong pressure near finish, 3rd of 7, 2l behind Colonel Mak (8-13) at Ripon 6f hcp 0-95 (3) hvy.
Dream Walker (FR) 5-1 (9-0) In touch, headway 2f out, edged left and chased winner inside final furlong, ridden and ran on, not quite reach winner, 2nd of 9, 1/2l behind Ishikawa (8-0) at Sandown 1m hcp 0-95 (3) sft in May.
Smarty Socks (IRE) 16-1 (9-4) Dwelt, held up towards rear, headway over 3f out, ridden over 1f out, no extra, 9th of 15, 6l behind Alejandro (8-13) at York 7f hcp 0-95 (3) gd.
Foxtrot Romeo (IRE) 9-1 (9-0) Held up towards rear, headway over 1f out, chased winner inside final furlong, always held, 2nd of 15, 1 1/2l behind Alejandro (8-13) at York 7f hcp 0-95 (3) gd.
Apostle (IRE) 10-1 (9-4) Raced wide mid-division, ridden and headway over 2f out, no impression inside final furlong, 5th of 12, 2l behind Sea Shanty (9-7) at Sandown 1m hcp 0-100 (2) gd.
Farlow (IRE) 10-1 (9-1) Held up rear of mid-division, headway on outside 2f out, ridden and hung left inside final furlong, finished well, not reach leaders, 5th of 16, 2 1/2l behind Abseil (9-3) at Epsom Downs 1m hcp 0-105 (2) gd.
Prince's Trust 9-2 (8-9) Led, ridden, edged right and headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 8, 11l behind Law Enforcement (9-7) at Newmarket 1m 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gf in Jul.
Almargo (IRE) 50-1 (8-6) Raced near side, chased leaders, went 2nd well over 1f out until ridden inside final furlong, weakened final 100 yards, 10th of 30, 5l behind Born In Bombay (8-4) at Royal Ascot 1m 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gf.