Irish raider BURN THE BOATS looked most professional in the manner in which he dispatched a massive Curragh field last time over 6f, suggesting that the Lyons inmate could be even more effective over a seventh furlong. With only six runs on the board to date, further progress should be forthcoming and he is clearly not one to be fazed by large-field handicaps. Bertiewhittle continues to perform with great credit in similar high-profile 6-7f handicaps and must surely receive his day in the sun in due course whilst Belgian Bill is equally effective over this trip having landed the Royal Hunt Cup last month. He's in good heart but may just find this task under topweight over the shorter trip too demanding. Highland Colori is shortlist material as he enjoys an excellent record at both courses at Newmarket while the booking of Ryan Moore for Dance And Dance catches the eye as he's dangerously well handicapped on the best of his form.
Belgian Bill 33-1 (8-11) Raced far side, held up in rear, headway going well 2f out, not clear run and switched right over 1f out, led final 110 yards, ran on well, won at Royal Ascot 1m hcp (2) gf in Jun beating Premio Loco (9-9) by 3/4l, 28 ran.
Es Que Love (IRE) 16-1 (9-9) Led, ridden over 1 length ahead over 1f out, headed and not pace of winner final 50 yards, kept on well to hold 2nd, 2nd of 15, 1/2l behind Prince Of Johanne (9-10) at Sandown 1m hcp (2) gf.
Highland Colori (IRE) 16-1 (9-5) In touch far side, ridden 2f out, weakened final furlong, 22nd of 27, 17l behind Lightning Cloud (8-13) at Royal Ascot 7f hcp 105 (2) gf in Jun.
My Freedom (IRE) 6-1 (8-12) Held up mid-division, chased leaders over 3f out, led over 1f out, kept on well towards finish, won at Newcastle 1m hcp 0-105 (2) gd in Jun beating Validus (9-7) by 2 1/4l, 10 ran.
Field Of Dream 12-1 (8-12) Raced near side, held up in rear, headway 2f out, chased group leadrs inside final furlong, went 2nd in group final strides, not pace of leaders far side, 6th of 28, 2l behind Belgian Bill (8-11) at Royal Ascot 1m hcp (2) gf in Jun.
Excellent Guest 16-1 (8-12) Raced far side, held up in 6th, ridden 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, weakened final 100 yards, 9th of 28, 3l behind Belgian Bill (8-11) at Royal Ascot 1m hcp (2) gf in Jun.
Bertiewhittle 3-1fav (9-7) Slowly into stride, behind, headway 2f out, ridden to challenge and every chance entering final furlong, kept on, well held by winner towards finish, 2nd of 11, 2 1/2l behind Diescentric (9-6) at Newcastle 7f hcp 105 (2) gs in Jun.
Burwaaz 66-1 (9-0) Raced near side, held up towards rear, never on terms, 26th of 28, 23l behind Belgian Bill (8-11) at Royal Ascot 1m hcp (2) gf in Jun.
Burn The Boats (IRE) 7-1fav (8-8) Soon chased leaders, 6th halfway, stayed on well final furlong to lead closing stages, won at Curragh 6f hcp gd in Jun beating Whozthecat (8-3) by 3/4l, 30 ran.
Emilio Largo 9-1 (9-2) Mid-division far side, ridden and effort inside final 2f, weakened inside final furlong, 19th of 27, 13l behind Lightning Cloud (8-13) at Royal Ascot 7f hcp 105 (2) gf in Jun.
Harrison George (IRE) 5-1 (9-7) Held up, headway halfway, ridden and edged right over 1f out, led inside final furlong, readily, won at Leicester 6f hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Jun beating Elusive Flame (9-11) by 1 1/4l, 7 ran.
Redvers (IRE) 20-1 (9-1) Mid-division far side, headway when not clear run over 1f out, ridden and stayed on inside final furlong, never reached leaders, 7th of 27, 3 1/2l behind Lightning Cloud (8-13) at Royal Ascot 7f hcp 105 (2) gf in Jun.
Brae Hill (IRE) 16-1 (9-9) Dwelt, towards rear, ridden and headway over 2f out, weakened entering final furlong, 10th of 14, 11l behind Sam Sharp (9-4) at York 1m 1f hcp 105 (2) gf in Jun.
Dance And Dance (IRE) 9-2 (9-2) Dwelt, held up in rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, soon weakened, 6th of 10, 8l behind My Freedom (8-12) at Newcastle 1m hcp 0-105 (2) gd in Jun.
Best Of Order (IRE) (8-13) won at Maisons-Laffitte(FR) 6f hcp gd in Jun beating A Huge Dream (9-1) by hd, 17 ran.
George Guru 14-1 (9-8) In rear, headway on outer from over 1f out, stayed on towards finish, nearest finish, 4th of 15, 2 1/2l behind Roserrow (9-5) at Sandown 1m hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Jun.
Mezzotint (IRE) 28-1 (8-13) Mid-division far side, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace, never on terms, 12th of 27, 7l behind Lightning Cloud (8-13) at Royal Ascot 7f hcp 105 (2) gf in Jun.
Gramercy (IRE) 14-1 (9-6) Towards rear, ridden to chase leaders over 1f out, stayed on into 4th final 100 yards, no impression, 4th of 16, 3l behind Baby Strange (8-2) at Newcastle 6f hcp 0-100 (2) gs in Jun.
I'm So Glad 20-1 (9-3) Behind, headway over 1f out, rider lost whip inside final furlong, kept on to take 3rd place towards finish, 3rd of 11, 3 1/2l behind My Propeller (9-3) at Ayr 5f fll lst stks (1) gf in Jun.
Galician 12-1 (9-8) Mid-division, pushed along 3f out, no impression final 2f, 10th of 13, 7l behind Ashaadd (8-13) at Haydock 7f hcp 105 (2) gf.