Another terrific renewal of this valuable stayers' handicap and several of these are old rivals. Ardlui was always prominent when just holding on at Ripon in April and he had Party Line, Good Morning Star, Moidore and Crackentorp behind. Moidore has since run a cracker behind subsequent Ascot Stakes winner Well Sharp at York, however, and that run gives him the beating of Mashaari. Ile De Re can race off the same mark as when successful 12 months ago as he hasn't scored since but he has plenty to find with a few of these on their run together in the Chester Cup, where Address Unknown stayed on gamely to beat Ingleby Spirit by half-a-length. TOMINATOR, who won this in 2011, was only a head away in third and has every chance of turning the tables on the first two as he made up a lot of late ground that day having got hampered at the start. Ascot Gold Cup runner-up Simeon was fourth at Chester so the form is rock-solid and Jonjo O'Neill can add another big Flat race to his portfolio. Sun Central is worth another try at this trip after finishing second at Haydock but is at his best on quicker ground while penalised York victor Montaser will do well to get across from his wide draw before the first turn. Lieutenant Miller and Mubaraza, third and fourth in the Ascot Stakes, have place claims again while the improving Arch Villain may be best of the rest, though is another with a high draw to overcome.
Tominator 11-1 (9-3) Held up in mid-division, pushed along 3f out, headway on inside 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, finished well to 2nd final 75 yards, lost 2nd final strides, 3rd of 17, 3/4l behind Address Unknown (9-0) at Chester 2m 3f hcp (4yo+) (2) gf in May.
Address Unknown 4-1 (9-0) Led early, tracked leaders, ridden over 4f out, stayed on same pace from over 1f out, 3rd of 5, 7l behind Songcraft (9-0) at York 1m 6f Listed Stakes (4yo+) (1) gd in May.
Ile De Re (FR) 12-1 (9-0) Tracked leader, challenged 5f out, ridden over 2f out, outpaced from over 1f out, 4th of 5, 8l behind Songcraft (9-0) at York 1m 6f Listed Stakes (4yo+) (1) gd in May.
Montaser (IRE) 9-4fav (9-7) Steadied start, held up in rear, smooth headway on outside well over 1f out, led approaching final furlong, ran on well, won at York 1m 6f hcp 0-105 (2) gf beating Quixote (9-1) by 1l, 7 ran.
Sun Central (IRE) 4-1fav (9-8) Tracked leaders, chased leader over 2f out, kept on same pace, 2nd of 14, 1 1/2l behind De Rigueur (8-13) at Haydock 2m hcp 0-100 (2) gf.
Handsome Man (IRE) 6-1 (9-6) Held up in touch, ridden over 2f out, headway over 1f out, led entering final furlong, headed close home, 2nd of 10, nk behind Highland Castle (9-0) at Newmarket 1m 4f hcp 0-105 (2) gf.
Ardlui (IRE) 9-2 (9-11) Tracked leader, led over 3f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on gamely, driven out, won at Ripon 2m hcp 0-105 (2) gd in Apr beating Lady Kashaan (9-3) by nk, 10 ran.
Blue Bajan (IRE) 33-1 (9-10) Held up behind, headway over 2f out, ridden to chase leaders over 1f out, kept on same pace, no impression, 6th of 19, 7l behind Well Sharp (9-10) at Royal Ascot 2m 4f hcp 0-95 (2) gd.
Oriental Fox (GER) 11-1 (9-5) Chased leader, pushed along over 3f out, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 11th of 14, 17l behind De Rigueur (8-13) at Haydock 2m hcp 0-100 (2) gf.
Ingleby Spirit 22-1 (8-3) Close up in 6th, pushed along over 3f out, ridden in 4th over 2f out, edged left over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, went 2nd final strides, 2nd of 17, 1/2l behind Address Unknown (9-0) at Chester 2m 3f hcp (4yo+) (2) gf in May.
Crackentorp 7-1 (11-0) Led for about 3f, tracked leaders, ridden and weakened 2f out, 12th of 17, 13l behind Nanton (10-1) at York 1m 4f ladys hcp 0-95 (3) gf.
Good Morning Star (IRE) 6-1 (9-9) Always prominent, led over 2f out, strongly challenged over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra, 5th of 7, 3l behind Capellanus (8-5) at Musselburgh 2m hcp 0-100 (2) gf.
Mubaraza (IRE) 10-1 (9-5) In touch, driven over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, stayed on into 4th inside final furlong, never reached leaders, 4th of 19, 4 1/2l behind Well Sharp (9-10) at Royal Ascot 2m 4f hcp 0-95 (2) gd.
Scatter Dice (IRE) 7-1 (9-2) Attempted to make all, ridden 2f out and soon strongly pressed, headed 1f out and no impression final 150 yards, 3rd of 14, 3l behind Sir Ector (9-3) at Down Royal 1m 5f hcp gd.
Arch Villain (IRE) 7-2fav (8-12) Held up, headway 3f out, ridden to chase leader over 1f out, stayed on to lead final strides, won at Goodwood 1m 6f hcp 0-105 (2) gs in May beating Oriental Fox (9-7) by nk, 10 ran.
Brockwell 7-1 (9-2) Tracked leaders in 4th, one pace from over 1f out, 4th of 14, 8l behind De Rigueur (8-13) at Haydock 2m hcp 0-100 (2) gf.
Moidore 14-1 (9-9) In touch, smooth headway over 3f out, every chance over 2f out, kept on well, no chance with winner, 2nd of 15, 6l behind Well Sharp (9-7) at York 2m hcp 0-90 (3) sft in May.
Noble Alan (GER) 14-1 (9-0) Raced wide, took keen hold tracking leaders, went 2nd over 2f out, soon led, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 11, 3/4l behind Angel Gabrial (8-13) at Ascot 1m 4f hcp 0-95 (3) gf in May.
Party Line 20-1 (10-9) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace, 5th of 17, 4l behind Nanton (10-1) at York 1m 4f ladys hcp 0-95 (3) gf.
Mashaari (IRE) 12-1 (9-0) Took keen hold in mid-division, pushed along over 3f out, weakened 2f out, 9th of 19, 12l behind Chiberta King (9-2) at Royal Ascot 2m 6f stks (2) gf.