Three-year-olds have a very poor strike rate in this valuable handicap so it may be worth taking on the promising King Of Jazz at the forecast SP. As usual, Dandy Nicholls is mob-handed and all three of his runners have some sort of chance. Lovelace is dropped in grade while Docofthebay has already run well in similar contests this season and Nasri will appreciate a return to the trip over which he was an excellent third at Ascot two runs ago. Crown Choice may be a few pounds too high in the weights but Manassas, Excellent Guest and Striking Spirit, who were first, second and third in a 7f handicap at Royal Ascot, should all be thereabouts again. Shamandar was held in high regard at one time and could be interesting if attracting market support but we fancy AL KHALEEJ to go close at generous odds. Lightly-raced for his age, he beat Manassas over C&D in August and a recent run at Windsor should have brought him to concert pitch for this. Bottom weight Red Gulch is also worth a second look for each-way backers.
Angel's Pursuit (IRE) 11-4fav (9-0) Held up in touch, headway over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, stayed on, not pace of leaders, 3rd of 6, 3l behind Yaa Wayl (9-3) at Newbury 7f cond Stakes (4) gd in Jun.
Lovelace 6-1 (9-7) Dwelt, held up in rear, under pressure halfway, soon beaten, 5th of 6, 13l behind Beacon Lodge (9-7) at Haydock 7f Listed stks 3yo (1) gd in May.
Manassas (IRE) 12-1 (9-0) Prominent in stands' side group, ridden to challenge 2f out, overall leader 1f out, driven out, won at Royal Ascot 7f hcp 105 (2) sft in Jun beating Excellent Guest (8-9) by 1l, 25 ran.
King of Dixie (USA) 7-1 (9-0) Tracked leader, ridden over 2f out, unable to quicken over 1f out, soon beaten, one pace, 4th of 6, 4 1/2l behind Yaa Wayl (9-3) at Newbury 7f cond Stakes (4) gd in Jun.
Al Khaleej (IRE) 14-1 (9-4) Slowly away, in last pair, ridden on outside 3f out, driven and beaten over 2f out, last of 7, 21l behind Nationalism (9-4) at Windsor 1m Listed stks 3yo (1) gd in Jun.
Shamandar (FR) 33-1 (8-12) Led group of 3 on stands rail and overall, joined as field merged 5f out, headed 3f out, ridden and weakened entering final 2f, 12th of 13, 16l behind Lolly For Dolly (8-12) at Royal Ascot 1m fll Grp 2 stks (1) gd in Jun.
Docofthebay (IRE) 8-1 (9-0) Held up in stands' side group, headway and switched right 2f out, ridden and pressing leaders over 1f out, stayed on, not able to challenge, 5th of 25, 1 3/4l behind Manassas (9-0) at Royal Ascot 7f hcp 105 (2) sft in Jun.
Nasri 12-1 (8-9) Led stand side group, ridden 2f out, headed by stand side group 1f out, kept on same pace, 14th of 25, 11l behind Deacon Blues (8-13) at Royal Ascot 6f hcp 0-110 (2) sft in Jun.
Mont Agel 14-1 (8-12) Tracked leading trio on far side, never on terms with main group, went modest 2nd that side over 1f out, never any chance, 21st of 28, 23l behind Julienas (8-8) at Royal Ascot 1m hcp (2) gd in Jun.
Crown Choice 15-2 (9-6) Behind, not clear run on inside halfway, no chance after, 11th of 16, 8l behind Norville (9-3) at Windsor 6f hcp 105 (2) gd in Jun.
Mr David (USA) 66-1 (8-13) Raced centre and well on terms until 3f out, weakened soon after, 23rd of 28, 28l behind Julienas (8-8) at Royal Ascot 1m hcp (2) gd in Jun.
Fathsta (IRE) 11-1 (9-5) Mid-division, headway when not much room over 1f out, staying on when badly hampered and snatched up inside final furlong, 9th of 16, 7l behind Norville (9-3) at Windsor 6f hcp 105 (2) gd in Jun.
Imperial Djay (IRE) 18-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, mid-division, headway towards stands' side 2f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, soon hard pressed, held on under pressure inside final furlong, won at Newcastle 7f hcp 105 (2) gs in Jun beating Dubai Dynamo (9-9) by 1/2l, 14 ran.
Striking Spirit 50-1 (8-10) Chased leader far side until merged with centre group after 2f, headway 3f out, led that group well over 1f out, kept on, held by stands side leaders close home, 3rd of 25, 1 1/4l behind Manassas (9-0) at Royal Ascot 7f hcp 105 (2) sft in Jun.
Excellent Guest 16-1 (8-9) Tracked leaders in stands' side group, ridden 2f out, chased winner inside final furlong, kept on, held close home, 2nd of 25, 1l behind Manassas (9-0) at Royal Ascot 7f hcp 105 (2) sft in Jun.
Brae Hill (IRE) 9-1 (9-13) Tracked leaders, outpaced 2f out, soon lost place, driven and kept on inside final furlong, no impression, 6th of 14, 5l behind Imperial Djay (9-3) at Newcastle 7f hcp 105 (2) gs in Jun.
King Of Jazz (IRE) 16-1 (8-10) Held up in touch, led well over 1f out, soon ridden, headed last 100 yards, kept on, 2nd of 17, 3/4l behind Sagramor (8-2) at Haydock 1m 3yo hcp (2) gf in May.
Fireback 9-2 (9-13) Prominent, ridden 2f out, weakened final furlong, 8th of 9, 8l behind Mac Gille Eoin (9-2) at Epsom Downs 6f hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Jun.
Reignier (9-6) 98th of 14, 8l behind Fred Lalloupet (9-6) at Fontainebleau(FR) 5f Listed stks 3yo sft in Apr.
Red Gulch 8-1 (9-8) Close up, ridden to challenge inside final furlong, not quicken near finish, 2nd of 13, shd behind Kingscroft (8-7) at Newmarket 7f hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Jun.