Spinatrix scrambled home at Ripon last time but faces a stiffer task here off a 3lb higher mark. We'd rather concentrate on those at the foot of the handicap with Chester Aristocrat going on the short-list having run well again at Chester following victories at Haydock and Hamilton. Tarooq was in fine form earlier in the campaign and Trojan Rocket won at Windsor on his reappearance before finishing fifth at Newmarket. BABY STRANGE is a couple of pounds wrong in the weights but still very well treated on the pick of last year's form and Adam McLean takes off 7lb. Derek Shaw's grey showed he was no back number when fourth at Epsom on Derby Day and could be well drawn against the far rail. He gets the vote ahead of the consistent Fast Shot with Barracuda Boy looking the best of the three-year-olds.
Spinatrix 6-1 (9-5) Led after 1f, ridden over 1f out, pressed inside final furlong, just held on post, won at Ripon 6f flls hcp 0-95 (3) gs in May beating Athenian (9-4) by hd, 11 ran.
Ahern 33-1 (9-4) Always towards rear, 10th of 19, 6l behind Body And Soul (8-11) at York 6f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gf.
Rodrigo De Torres 25-1 (9-6) Switched left after start, held up tracking leaders, chased leaders 2f out, weakened, 6th of 11, 7l behind Smarty Socks (9-1) at York 7f hcp 0-95 (3) gf.
Gramercy (IRE) 16-1 (9-4) Hampered start, held up in rear, stayed on final 100 yards, never dangerous, 11th of 14, 4l behind Nocturn (9-4) at Newmarket 6f hcp 105 (2) gf.
Powerful Presence (IRE) 50-1 (8-11) Led far side group headed 2f out, soon lost place, weakened 1f out, 25th of 27, 21l behind Lightning Cloud (8-13) at Royal Ascot 7f hcp 105 (2) gf.
Summerinthecity (IRE) 11-1 (9-1) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 12th of 14, 5l behind Nocturn (9-4) at Newmarket 6f hcp 105 (2) gf.
Klynch 22-1 (9-12) Tracked leaders, pushed along over 2f out, soon ridden, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 12, 9l behind Whozthecat (9-2) at Doncaster 6f hcp 0-95 (3) gf.
Pearl Ice 13-2 (9-5) Tracked leaders, weakened over 2f out, 6th of 8, 6l behind Summerinthecity (8-12) at Chester 6f hcp 0-95 (3) gd in May.
Fast Shot 13-2 (9-1) Held up in rear, headway when not clear run over 2f out, ran on iside final furlong, never reached winner, 2nd of 11, 2l behind Dick Bos (8-9) at Ripon 6f hcp 0-95 (3) gd.
Barracuda Boy (IRE) 12-1 (8-6) Went slightly right start, mid-division, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on towards finish, 3rd of 19, 3/4l behind Body And Soul (8-11) at York 6f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gf.
Johannes (IRE) 40-1 (8-3) Held up, ridden over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, never nearer, 7th of 14, 2 1/4l behind Nocturn (9-4) at Newmarket 6f hcp 105 (2) gf.
Son Du Silence (IRE) (9-3) 7th of 9, 18l behind Dragon Falls (8-12) at Maisons-Laffitte(FR) 6f 3yo stk sft in Oct.
Chester Aristocrat 7-2fav (9-2) In touch, ridden and headway on outside over 1f out, chased leading pair inside final furlong, outpaced to 4th close home, 4th of 15, 1 1/2l behind Lucky Numbers (9-7) at Chester 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Tarooq (USA) 7-2 (10-0) Held up in rear, ridden 2f out, never on terms, 7th of 10, 7l behind Out Do (9-5) at Yarmouth 6f hcp 0-90 (3) gf.
Trojan Rocket (IRE) 11-4fav (9-10) Towards rear, ridden over 1f out, stayed on towards finish, nearest finish, 5th of 12, 2 1/4l behind My Kingdom (9-2) at Newmarket 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Baby Strange 25-1 (7-13) Slowly away, well outpaced in rear, driven on outside over 2f out, stayed on strongly inside final furlong, finished well to 4th nearing finish, never nearer, 4th of 16, 2 3/4l behind Arctic Feeling (8-2) at Epsom Downs 6f hcp 0-100 (2) gd.