Despite a massive 14lb rise for his latest success, Rainforest Magic is a potential blot on the handicap and the only doubt is the going as it was good ground when he scored twice at the Galway Festival. If the rains arrive, he's the one to be on but with the ground currently fast is taken on with COSIMI DE MEDICI, whose connections were delighted he picked up a penalty for landing the trial for this last month as it got him into the handicap. He looks on the upgrade and, though this is a stiffer task, should be in the firing-line at the finish. Never Can Tell, Kazbow and Colour Vision are all very closely matched on recent Chester form though that track bears absolutely no resemblance to this. La Estrella did her winning on Fibresand but like many of these is well weighted with Veiled on their run in the Ascot Stakes and any one of half-a-dozen could reverse the form with the winner, especially runner-up Ermyn Lodge on the revised terms. Keys is another progressive stayer with a real chance while Beyond looks as though he's been laid out for this by the Pipe yard who are no strangers to success in the event.
Mount Athos (IRE) 10-1 (9-3) Soon tracking leader, driven over 2f out, weakening when not much room entering final furlong, 8th of 20, 5l behind Moyenne Corniche (8-10) at York 1m 6f hcp (2) gd in Aug.
Sentry Duty (FR) 20-1 (9-5) Mid-division, hampered 5f out, some headway 2f out, soon ridden and no impression, 8th of 14, 6l behind Petara Bay (9-9) at Goodwood 1m 6f hcp 105 (2) gf in Jul.
Mystery Star (IRE) 16-1 (9-2) Chased leaders, weakened over 2f out, 7th of 9, 22l behind Highland Castle (8-7) at Salisbury 1m 6f cond Stakes (2) gd in Sep.
Bernie The Bolt (IRE) 11-1 (8-11) Held up towards rear, ridden 4f out, well beaten over 1f out, 17th of 20, 21l behind Dirar (9-1) at York 1m 6f hcap (2) gd in Aug '10.
Veiled 11-2 (9-3) Tracked leaders, headway 4f out, went 2nd 3f out, led over 1f out, ridden clear final furlong, won at Royal Ascot 2m 4f hcp 0-95 (2) gd in Jun beating Ermyn Lodge (9-2) by 2 3/4l, 19 ran.
Big Occasion (IRE) 6-1fav (9-10) Tracked leaders, led over 5f out, headed over 4f out, beaten over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 9th of 14, 15l behind Cosimo De Medici (8-13) at Newmarket 2m 2f hcp 105 (2) gf in Sep.
Keys (IRE) 4-5fav (9-1) Mid-division, headway and switched left 2f out, edged right approaching final furlong, ridden to lead and edged left inside final furlong, won at Ascot 2m hcp 0-100 (2) gs in Jul beating Colour Vision (8-9) by 3/4l, 9 ran.
Dayia (IRE) 14-1 (10-0) Close up on outer, pushed along 3f out, ridden and weakened over 1f out, last of 9, 23l behind Keys (9-1) at Ascot 2m hcp 0-100 (2) gs in Jul.
Colour Vision (FR) 11-8 (8-5) Tracked leaders in 4th, headway on outer to lead well over 3f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on strongly, won at Pontefract 2m 2f cond Stakes (3) gf beating Fire Fighter (8-5) by 2 3/4l, 5 ran.
Kazbow (IRE) 7-1 (10-0) Tracked leaders, ridden over 3f out, chased winner over 1f out, joined winner inside final furlong, not quicken near finish, 2nd of 8, nk behind Never Can Tell (9-7) at Chester 2m hcp (3) gd in Sep.
Dazinski 20-1 (8-13) Tracked leaders, led over 1f out, stayed on strongly, driven out, won at York 2m hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Aug beating Chilly Filly (8-5) by 3/4l, 16 ran.
Ermyn Lodge 7-2fav (9-4) Prominent, ridden to lead over 2f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra, 4th of 10, 1 1/2l behind Ile De Re (9-5) at Ascot 2m hcp 0-100 (2) gs in Aug.
Ashbrittle 16-1 (8-11) Towards rear, headway halfway, soon chasing leaders, hung left approaching final furlong, soon no extra, 6th of 16, 9l behind Bauer (9-7) at Haydock 1m 6f hcp 105 (2) gf in Sep.
Buy Back Bob (IRE) 6-1 (10-0) Rear of mid-division, no impression under pressure from 2f out, 13th of 16, 11l behind Solent Ridge (8-9) at Gowran Park 1m hcp 60-90 gd in Sep.
Never Can Tell (IRE) 11-1 (9-7) Led after 1f, ridden 2f out, joined inside final furlong, ran on gamely, won at Chester 2m hcp (3) gd in Sep beating Kazbow (10-0) by nk, 8 ran.
Becausewecan (USA) 9-1 (9-13) Made all, ridden 2f out, unchallenged, won at Ffos Las 1m 6f hcp 0-90 (3) gs in Sep beating Oldrik (9-2) by 3l, 9 ran.
My Arch 9-1 (9-3) Prominent, led 10f out, ridden and headed over 5f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 14, 14l behind Cosimo De Medici (8-13) at Newmarket 2m 2f hcp 105 (2) gf in Sep.
La Estrella (USA) 20-1 (9-11) Steadied start in rear, ridden and kept on final furlong, never near leaders, 6th of 13, 10l behind Samsons Son (9-6) at Goodwood 1m 4f hcp 0-90 (3) sft in Sep.
Phoenix Flight (IRE) 18-1 (9-3) Held up towards rear, pushed along 3f out, kept on one pace final 2f, 6th of 10, 3l behind Ile De Re (9-5) at Ascot 2m hcp 0-100 (2) gs in Aug.
Cosimo De Medici 13-2 (8-13) Held up towards rear, headway over 5f out, led 3f out, edged left over 1f out, stayed on well, in command final 100 yards, won at Newmarket 2m 2f hcp 105 (2) gf in Sep beating Dark Ranger (7-13) by 1l, 14 ran.
Bowdler's Magic 6-1 (9-2) In touch, effort over 1f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, won at Yarmouth 1m 6f hcp (2) gd in Sep beating A Boy Named Suzi (8-1) by 3/4l, 9 ran.
Rainforest Magic (IRE) 5-1 (9-9) Tracked leaders, 6th 4f out, headway to lead entering straight, stayed on strongly final furlong, comfortably, won at Galway 2m hcp 55-80 gd in Jul beating Striking Force (8-8) by 4 1/2l, 18 ran.
Braveheart Move (IRE) 33-1 (9-3) Pulled hard in rear, stayed on past beaten and eased down horses inside final furlong, never a factor, 9th of 16, 21l behind Dazinski (8-13) at York 2m hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Aug.
Tuscan Gold 13-2 (10-1) In touch, led over 3f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, one pace final furlong, 3rd of 11, 8l behind Cunning Act (8-13) at Goodwood 2m hcp (4) sft in Sep.
Regal Park (IRE) 11-2 (9-8) Held up, came center 7f out, headway over 2f out, ridden and kept one pace, 3rd of 12, 4l behind Cosimo De Medici (9-1) at Newmarket 1m 7f hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Aug.
Gifted Leader (USA) 11-2fav (8-13) In touch, lost place over 5f out, headway on outer over 1f out, led inside final furlong, ran on, won at Sandown 1m 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Jun beating Regal Park (9-7) by 2l, 14 ran.
Palomar (USA) 22-1 (9-0) Dwelt, held up in rear, pushed along and effort over 3f out, soon ridden, no impression, 11th of 14, 23l behind Cosimo De Medici (8-13) at Newmarket 2m 2f hcp 105 (2) gf in Sep.
Right Stuff (FR) 14-1 (9-7) Always in rear, behind from over 2f out, last of 14, 39l behind Gifted Leader (8-13) at Sandown 1m 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Jun.
Beyond (IRE) 4-1 (9-8) Tracked leader, challenged 2f out, gained upper hand inside final furlong, stayed on strongly, won going away, won at Sandown 1m 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Jul beating Red Kestrel (9-7) by 1 1/4l, 9 ran.
Red Anthem 50-1 (9-4) Pecked leaving stalls, towards rear, headway 3f out, ridden over 1f out, no impression, 12th of 16, 17l behind Beaten Up (8-11) at Doncaster 1m 2f stks 0-85 (3) gd in Sep.
L Frank Baum (IRE) 6-1 (10-0) Held up in touch in mid-division, headway on outside 5f out, chased leaders soon after, went 2nd over 3f out, led 2f out, stayed on well throughout final furlong, won at Bath 2m 1f hcp 0-75 (5) gs in Sep beating Pateese (9-12) by 1 1/2l, 11 ran.
Abergavenny 6-1 (9-9) Held up towards rear, driven over 2f out, switched outside and headway over 1f out, soon ridden, kept on inside final furlong, never reached leaders, 7th of 13, 4 1/2l behind Palazzo Bianco (8-8) at Haydock 1m 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Sep.
Bow To No One (IRE) 7-1 (9-1) In rear, ridden over 3f out, never on terms, 7th of 10, 10l behind Thimaar (8-11) at Ascot 2m hcp (3) gd in Sep.
Tasheba 10-3fav (9-0) Chased leaders, ridden 5f out, led over 4f out, soon ridden, headed over 1f out, weakened final 1f, 4th of 10, 10l behind Caracciola (9-7) at Royal Ascot 2m 6f stks (2) gf in Jun '09.