Always a tricky race to solve, this big-field handicap looks no different this time around and the suggestion is ST MORITZ, with Captain Brilliance and Palace Moon among a host of potential dangers. The Mark Johnston-trained pick has not yet won in three attempts this season, but he has put in three very respectable efforts, two of them over on the Rowley Course, where he was just edged out over this trip on fast ground in May. His run in the Royal Hunt Cup last time was a superb effort in the context of this race, and a 3lb rise is fair enough. If that great judge of pace Frankie Dettori can dictate matters then he could have them all at it from some way out. Captain Brilliance won over course and distance last season and is 12lbs higher today. A Nottingham spin last month should have blown away the cobwebs and with the yard going well we can probably expect a return to the sort of form that earned him this mark last season. Fast ground suits. Palace Moon was doing all of his best work at the business end in the Wokingham and is well worth a try back up in trip on this less testing track. The ground will suit and despite a 5lb rise he is very much in our thoughts. Course winner Signor Peltro is very effective at this trip and should be among those competing, while Crown Choice will find it tougher than the Sandown handicap he won last time, though can't be ruled out from 5lbs higher. Dubai Dynamo is 2lbs worse worse off with our pick for beating him a length earlier in the campaign but has a bit to prove after two disappointing efforts and St Moritz gets the vote.
Palace Moon 16-1 (9-7) Behind stands side, driven and headway 2f out, ridden to chase leaders over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong to go 3rd towards finish, never able to reach leading pair, 3rd of 27, 4 1/2l behind Laddies Poker Two (8-11) at Royal Ascot 6f hcp 0-110 (2) gf in Jun.
Gallagher 20-1 (9-6) Mid-division stands side, ridden over 1f out, stayed on same pace final furlong, no impression, 10th of 27, 8l behind Laddies Poker Two (8-11) at Royal Ascot 6f hcp 0-110 (2) gf in Jun.
Captain Brilliance (USA) 6-1 (9-1) Held up in touch, driven to chase leaders over 2f out, soon ridden, stayed on same pace final 2f, never on terms, 4th of 7, 8l behind Rio De La Plata (9-1) at Nottingham 1m cond Stakes (2) gf in Jun.
Axiom 22-1 (9-4) Raced centre, held up in touch, ridden 3f out, soon no chance with main group, weakened soon after, 28th of 29, 33l behind Invisible Man (8-9) at Royal Ascot 1m hcp (2) gf in Jun.
Spirit of Sharjah (IRE) 28-1 (9-9) Raced stands' side, steadied start, held up towards rear on outside, headway 2f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 11th of 26, 6l behind Treadwell (8-10) at Royal Ascot 7f hcp 105 (2) gf in Jun.
Signor Peltro 14-1 (9-8) Mid-division, not clear run and lost place from over 2f out until headway entering final furlong, switched left and ran on well, nearest finish, 4th of 16, 2l behind Parisian Pyramid (8-13) at Windsor 6f hcp 105 (2) gf in Jun.
Suruor (IRE) 9-1 (9-9) Held up in rear, headway on outside 2f out, hard ridden over 1f out, ran on under pressure, never reached leaders, 3rd of 11, 3/4l behind Autumn Blades (9-6) at Chester 1m hcp 0-105 (2) gs in May.
Dubai Dynamo 4-1 (9-7) In rear, ridden 2f out, soon weakened, eased inside final furlong, 6th of 7, 18l behind Tartan Gunna (8-7) at Newcastle 1m hcp 0-100 (2) gf in Jun.
Advanced 33-1 (9-1) Close up, pressed leaders 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 12th of 29, 5l behind Dandy Boy (8-13) at Ascot 7f hcp (2) gf in May.
Brae Hill (IRE) 25-1 (9-6) Raced far side, pressed leader, led overall over 3f out until over 2f out, weakened rapidly, 18th of 26, 13l behind Treadwell (8-10) at Royal Ascot 7f hcp 105 (2) gf in Jun.
Everymanforhimself (IRE) 50-1 (9-6) Raced stands' side, chased leader, ridden and every chance 2f out, 3rd in group and kept on same pace inside final furlong, 9th of 26, 5l behind Treadwell (8-10) at Royal Ascot 7f hcp 105 (2) gf in Jun.
Autumn Blades (IRE) 33-1 (9-9) Behind, ridden on outside over 2f out, no progress, 10th of 15, 11l behind Crown Choice (9-3) at Sandown 7f hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Jun.
Evens And Odds (IRE) 33-1 (9-2) Chased leaders stands side, ridden and effort 2f out, weakened final furlong, 17th of 27, 9l behind Laddies Poker Two (8-11) at Royal Ascot 6f hcp 0-110 (2) gf in Jun.
Light From Mars 25-1 (9-3) Raced far side chased leaders on outside, weakened 2f out, 10th of 26, 6l behind Treadwell (8-10) at Royal Ascot 7f hcp 105 (2) gf in Jun.
St Moritz (IRE) 12-1 (8-7) Overall leader far side, strongly pressed and kept on from 2f out, headed inside final furlong, not pace of winner and lost 2nd final 100 yards, 3rd of 29, 1 1/2l behind Invisible Man (8-9) at Royal Ascot 1m hcp (2) gf in Jun.
Marajaa (IRE) 20-1 (8-9) Raced centre, always behind, 24th of 29, 30l behind Invisible Man (8-9) at Royal Ascot 1m hcp (2) gf in Jun.
Freeforaday (USA) 66-1 (9-1) Held up in rear, headway and edged right over 1f out, went 4th final furlong, not pace to reach leading duo, 4th of 13, 6l behind Rainfall (8-12) at Royal Ascot 7f 3yo Grp 3 (1) gf in Jun.
Crown Choice 11-2 (9-3) Held up towards rear, headway on outside from over 2f out, led and hung right over 1f out, just held on, all out, won at Sandown 7f hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Jun beating Rulesn'regulations (9-4) by shd, 15 ran.
Imperial Guest 50-1 (8-11) Raced far side, held up in mid-division, headway well over 1f out, went 2nd in that group final 100 yards, stayed on, 3rd of 26, 3/4l behind Treadwell (8-10) at Royal Ascot 7f hcp 105 (2) gf in Jun.
Noble Citizen (USA) 25-1 (8-6) Raced far side, held up in mid-division, headway over 2f out, ridden and every chance over 1f out, no extra final 100 yards, 6th of 29, 3 1/2l behind Invisible Man (8-9) at Royal Ascot 1m hcp (2) gf in Jun.