Not one favourite has been successful in the past ten years though the winner is usually well supported. Three-year-olds have a good recent record which suggests Devilment, a winner over 1m2f as a juvenile, can get involved along with stablemate Gold Trail, who has raced in better company. Gabrial The Hero once looked very promising but it will take a mighty effort from Dave Simcock to have him ready after almost two years off. Phaenomena clearly had something amiss on her reappearance at York and would be difficult to beat on her victory here in September while the last run of Glorious Protector at Ascot should be ignored as he broke a blood vessel. MICA MIKA gave notice of a return to winning ways with a strong performance at Windsor where he appeared a very unlucky loser. With Paul Hanagan replacing an apprentice he can provide Richard Fahey with a successful finale to a superb day's racing.
Glorious Protector (IRE) 11-4 (9-1) Led 3f, tracked clear leader, led again 4f out to 3f out, weakened 2f out, tailed off, last of 9, well behind Al Saham (9-3) at Ascot 1m 4f hcp 0-95 (3) gs in May.
Phaenomena (IRE) 3-1fav (9-7) Held up mid-division, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened, 13th of 14, 42l behind Totalize (8-10) at York 1m 6f hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Jun.
Thecornishcowboy 5-1 (9-13) Mid-division, ridden when weakened over 1f out, 8th of 11, 12l behind Emulating (9-7) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-80 (4) pol.
Noble Gift 7-1 (8-9) Behind, driven over 2f out, headway under pressure over 1f out, stayed on to chase leaders inside final furlong, no impression, 5th of 11, 4l behind Magic Hurricane (8-9) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in May.
Gabrial The Hero (USA) 4-1fav (9-4) Very slowly away, always in rear, ridden 3f out, no impression, 7th of 9, 45l behind Ex Oriente (9-1) at Newmarket 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Aug '12.
Mica Mika (IRE) 12-1 (7-11) Took keen hold tracking leaders on inside, slightly lost place over 2f out, rallied on rail travelling well in 3rd when nowhere to go inside final furlong, finished on the bridle, not recover, 3rd of 10, 1l behind Al Saham (9-7) at Windsor 1m 4f hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Jun.
Greeleys Love (USA) 3-1 (9-4) Slowly into stride, pushed along to chase leader after 1f, pushed along 3f out, ridden over 2f out, lost 2nd 2f out, soon weakened, last of 8, 17l behind Perfect Cracker (8-10) at Windsor 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Jun.
Rosslyn Castle 40-1 (9-5) Took keen hold in mid-division on inside, headway on inside tracking leaders over 2f out, losing place when hampered over 1f out, 11th of 14, 21l behind Noble Alan (9-1) at Carlisle 1m 3f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jun.
Gold Trail (IRE) 25-1 (8-11) Took keen hold and prominent, led after 2f, made most after until ridden and headed over 1f out, chased leader until approaching final furlong, weakened inside final furlong, 9th of 18, 7l behind Elite Army (9-1) at Royal Ascot 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gf in Jun.
Devilment 11-2 (9-2) Held up, took keen hold, ridden and effort 2f out, no impression, no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 7, 8l behind Top Tug (8-10) at Newmarket 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gs in May.
Merchant Of Dubai 4-1 (9-13) Soon led, ridden and headed 2f out, stayed on but no impression on winner final furlong, 2nd of 5, 3 1/2l behind Northside Prince (9-1) at Musselburgh 1m 4f (4) gs in Jun.