This looks difficult with some unexposed three-year-olds clashing with their elders. Cat O'mountain, Havana Cooler and Poyle Thomas represent the younger brigade. All can be expected to leave previous efforts well behind and are preferred in that order, as the former's fourth on his seasonal reappearance behind Maputo received a major boost when Mark Johnston's charge careered away with a seemingly competitive handicap here earlier in the week. The main standard bearer for the older battalions is COUSIN KHEE and he receives the narrowest of votes after an excellent placed effort in the Cumberland Plate last time. He still seems to be progressing on the Flat and his overall profile indicates that 1m4f is his ideal trip. Willie Wag Tail has place claims despite conceding weight all round in what could prove an informative affair.
Willie Wag Tail (USA) 9-2 (9-3) Dwelt in rear, pushed along 3f out, some headway over 1f out, not trouble leaders, 7th of 12, 9l behind No Heretic (9-1) at Newmarket 1m 4f hcp 0-105 (2) gf in May.
Beaufort Twelve 13-2 (9-3) In touch, ridden and headway over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 8th of 11, 6l behind Nabucco (9-5) at Newmarket 1m 2f hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Jun.
Harry Buckle 10-1 (8-13) Tracked winner until ridden over 2f out, soon weakened, 8th of 9, 28l behind Planteur (9-0) at Lingfield 1m 2f Listed stks (1) pol in Feb.
Cousin Khee 13-2 (9-3) Held up in rear, headway when not much room on stands' rail over 2f out, ridden and every chance inside final furlong, ran on, just held, 3rd of 17, 1/2l behind Warlu Way (9-7) at Carlisle 1m 3f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Jun.
Pether's Moon (IRE) 6-1 (9-2) Mid-division, headway on inside over 2f out, chasing leaders when not clear run over 1f out, switched left and soon hampered, ran on, 11th of 18, 5l behind Elidor (9-0) at Royal Ascot 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gf in Jun.
Pintrada 9-2 (8-12) Held up in rear, headway on inside over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 5th of 7, 5l behind Kiwayu (9-2) at Chester 1m 3f hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Jun.
Poyle Thomas 3-1 (9-13) Held up in last trio, steady headway over 3f out, challenged over 2f out, ridden to lead narrowly over 1f out, stayed on well inside final furlong, won at Kempton 1m 4f mdn auc stks (5) pol in Jun beating Violet Dancer (8-13) by nk, 8 ran.
Cat O'Mountain (USA) 10-1 (9-3) Tracked winner, ridden over 2f out, no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 6, 4 1/2l behind Maputo (9-3) at Newmarket 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Jun.
Blue Wave (IRE) 7-1 (9-4) Led, set strong pace, ridden and headed over 1f out, soon weakened, 8th of 9, 14l behind Great Hall (9-7) at Haydock 1m 6f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gf.
Havana Cooler (IRE) 6-4fav (9-5) Dwelt, towards rear, headway over 3f out, led 1f out, kept on and held on well towards finish, won at Ripon 1m 2f 3yo mdn (5) gd in Apr beating Heroine Required (9-0) by 3/4l, 7 ran.
Red Runaway 20-1 (8-7) Mid-division, headway over 4f out, driven to challenge over 2f out, every chance over 1f out, stayed on same pace, 9th of 18, 4l behind Elidor (9-0) at Royal Ascot 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gf in Jun.