Third in the Solario Stakes to Kingman last year, Music Theory was tailed off on his belated reappearance and has something to prove now. Both Zanetto and Rene Mathis were well beaten in the same race at Ascot the last time they attempted 7f, so the vote goes to EXCELLENT GUEST. He showed signs of a revival when third over track and trip last Saturday and won off a higher mark last term. Almargo should be thereabouts and Englishman has been threatening to score in lesser company of late.
Music Theory (IRE) 10-1 (9-5) Raced centre held up, ridden halfway, headway 3f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 11, 32l behind Balty Boys (9-7) at Newmarket 1m hcp 105 (2) gf in Jul.
Zanetto 9-4fav (9-9) Chased leaders, every chance over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 2nd of 8, 5l behind Go Far (8-11) at Yarmouth 6f hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Jul.
Rene Mathis (GER) 16-1 (9-0) Mid-division, ridden over 1f out, stayed on well under pressure inside final furlong, went 3rd post, not reach front pair, 3rd of 19, 2 1/4l behind Muthmir (8-13) at York 6f hcp 105 (2) gf in Jul.
Common Touch (IRE) 25-1 (9-4) Raced centre held up, short lived effort over 1f out, 10th of 11, 32l behind Balty Boys (9-7) at Newmarket 1m hcp 105 (2) gf in Jul.
Excellent Guest 7-1 (8-9) Led, joined over 2f out, headed over 1f out, soon ridden, kept on and every chance inside final furlong, no extra in 3rd towards finish, last of 3, 2l behind Noble Citizen (9-2) at Newmarket 7f (2) fm.
Victoire De Lyphar (IRE) 10-1 (9-13) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, faded inside final furlong, 8th of 12, 9l behind Laffan (9-11) at Newcastle 7f hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Jul.
Almargo (IRE) 4-1fav (8-12) Led 1f, pressed leader, ridden to lead inside final furlong, headed and not pace of winner 100 yards out, outpaced into 3rd towards finish, 3rd of 13, 1 1/4l behind Safety Check (9-0) at Goodwood 7f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gf in Jul.
Englishman 10-1 (9-6) Held up mid-division, ridden and headway over 1f out, edged left inside final furlong, kept on to chase winner inside final furlong, held towards finish, 2nd of 9, 1 1/2l behind Dark Emerald (9-6) at Newmarket 7f hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Jun.
Mezzotint (IRE) 16-1 (9-2) Held up behind, outpaced over 2f out, never able to challenge, 7th of 10, 6l behind Alejandro (9-4) at York 7f hcp 105 (2) gf in Jul.
Gramercy (IRE) 33-1 (9-3) Held up in touch, pushed along over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 13th of 18, 14l behind Bronze Angel (9-8) at York 1m hcp 105 (2) gf in Jul.