ROCKALONG only just does enough in front which means the assessor can't hit him hard and a 4lb rise for completing his hat-trick at Ascot may not be enough to prevent another success. Directorship was brought with a late burst to catch Spa's Dancer at Sandown and connections won't be unhappy with a 2lb rise. Forgotten Hero started favourite for that latter event but couldn't quite get there after being impeded. That was his first run for 189 days and he will have come on for the outing. Snow Trooper is very consistent but went up 5lb for his victory at Windsor which appears to have halted his progress. Vainglory could go well at a big price as he's now on his lowest mark since scoring at Kempton in January 2010 despite running well in this class on several occasions.
Crius (IRE) 33-1 (9-3) Always behind, 22nd of 25, 31l behind Haaf A Sixpence (8-3) at Newbury 1m hcp 0-105 (2) gs in Apr.
Directorship 12-1 (8-12) Held up in last pair, sustained progress on outside over 1f out, soon ridden, went 2nd final 100 yards, stayed on to lead post, won at Sandown 1m hcp 0-105 (2) gs in Apr beating Spa's Dancer (8-13) by shd, 8 ran.
Storm King 11-4fav (9-3) Led early, chased leaders, ridden inside final furlong, kept on, 4th of 10, 1 1/2l behind George Guru (8-12) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-100 (2) pol in Dec.
Forgotten Hero (IRE) 9-4fav (8-11) Held up in 5th, hanging right when not clear run briefly on rails and switched outside over 2f out, went 4th well over 1f out, one pace in 4th and held when short of room in closing stages, 4th of 8, 2 1/4l behind Directorship (8-12) at Sandown 1m hcp 0-105 (2) gs in Apr.
Ducal 11-2 (9-8) In rear, ridden over 1f out, no impression, 7th of 9, 4l behind Amazing Amoray (8-10) at Leicester 7f hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Sep.
Spirit of Sharjah (IRE) 16-1 (8-10) Tracked leaders, lost place 3f out, well beaten over 1f out, 9th of 11, 9l behind Fast Finian (8-12) at Yarmouth 7f hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Apr.
Rockalong (IRE) 10-3fav (9-6) Close up near side, pushed along over 2f out, ridden to lead and edged right appeoaching final furlong, driven out, won at Ascot 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gd beating Karaka Jack (9-1) by 1/2l, 18 ran.
Stevie Thunder 8-1 (9-0) Tracked leader, ridden over 2f out, no extra near finish, 5th of 10, 2l behind Jacob Cats (8-12) at Newmarket 1m hcp 0-100 (2) gf in Sep.
Starfield 9-2 (8-10) Steadied start and switched left, in touch in rear, headway on inner over 1f out, kept on one pace inside final furlong, 5th of 8, 2 1/4l behind Tinshu (9-4) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-100 (2) pol in Nov.
Border Legend 12-1 (8-4) Held up towards rear, no impression when hung left over 2f out, 16th of 25, 18l behind Haaf A Sixpence (8-3) at Newbury 1m hcp 0-105 (2) gs in Apr.
Snow Trooper 9-4fav (9-2) Held up mid-division, ridden and headway over 1f out, one pace, 7th of 11, 6l behind Two For Two (9-7) at Ripon 1m hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Apr.
Vainglory (USA) 14-1 (8-9) Raced wide in touch, ridden over 2f out, stayed on final furlong, not pace to challenge, 6th of 10, 2 3/4l behind Wannabe King (9-3) at Newmarket 1m hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Nov.
Johnno 7-2 (9-6) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 6th of 9, 2 3/4l behind Roninski (9-6) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Apr.
Ocean Tempest 16-1 (8-9) Prominent, ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 7th of 12, 6l behind Boonga Roogeta (8-5) at Newmarket 1m 1f hcp (2) gf.
Tigers Tale (IRE) 16-1 (9-5) Tracked leader, ridden and every chance 2f out, kept on one pace, 6th of 18, 3l behind Rockalong (9-6) at Ascot 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Ascription (IRE) 9-1 (9-6) Slowly into stride, held up towards rear, strong headway on inside over 3f out, chased leaders over 2f out, led over 1f out, ridden and headed well inside final furlong, no extra, 2nd of 13, 1/2l behind Invincible Hero (9-1) at Nottingham 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gd.