Ninjago began the season with a Listed win at Ascot but has come up short in similar company to this off today's mark subsequently. Lucky Beggar beat today's rivals Midnight Flower and Secretinthepark over track and trip three weeks ago and has claims. But he'd earlier finished behind HASOPOP at York when the latter was left with to much to do having been hampered early on. With normal luck in-running today, Marco Botti's charge can make a determined bid. Chilworth Icon is good enough to figure but is also unreliable and the same can be said of Shafaani. Maid A Million has place claims once again after a second over 7f here and makes more appeal than the upped in class Can You Conga. The betting may provide the best clue to Rocky Ground's chances after nearly a year off the track.
Hasopop (IRE) 8-1 (9-7) Towards rear, headway over 1f out, ridden and kept on inside final furlong, 6th of 19, 3l behind Body And Soul (8-11) at York 6f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gf in Jun.
Ninjago 8-1 (8-13) Behind centre group, ridden and kept on well inside final furlong, 5th of 27, 3 1/2l behind Rex Imperator (9-4) at Goodwood 6f hcp (2) gd.
Lucky Beggar (IRE) 33-1 (9-5) Made all, clear halfway, edged left entering final furlong, stayed on gamely, won at Newmarket 6f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gf in Jul beating Midnight Flower (8-9) by nk, 10 ran.
Rocky Ground (IRE) 3-1fav (8-11) Slowly into stride, chased leaders, weakened over 1f out, soon eased, 18th of 19, 18l behind Hototo (9-2) at York 6f 2yo aut (2) gf in Aug '12.
Chilworth Icon 10-1 (9-12) Chased leaders, pushed along over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 4th of 10, 1l behind Annunciation (9-13) at Ascot 6f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gd.
Midnight Flower (IRE) 7-2 (8-9) Tracked winner, ridden over 2f out, driven inside final furlong, gaining on winner towards finish, 2nd of 10, nk behind Lucky Beggar (9-5) at Newmarket 6f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gf in Jul.
Ahern 25-1 (8-13) Slowly into stride, mid-division, headway when hampered over 1f out, soon no impression, 17th of 20, 9l behind Tropics (9-10) at York 6f hcp 105 (2) gf in Jul.
Secretinthepark 9-1 (8-10) Held up, ridden and headway 2f out, stayed on one pace final furlong, 3rd of 10, 1 1/4l behind Lucky Beggar (9-5) at Newmarket 6f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gf in Jul.
Shafaani 33-1 (8-12) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, weakened and eased inside final furlong, 14th of 16, 12l behind Majestic Moon (8-9) at Goodwood 7f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gd.
Storm Moon (USA) 20-1 (9-5) Sweating, led, headed 2f out, chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 10, 6l behind Annunciation (9-13) at Ascot 6f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gd.
Maid A Million 9-1 (8-8) Tracked leaders, ridden and every chance from over 1f out, led inside final furlong, headed towards finish, 2nd of 7, 1/2l behind Seek Again (9-0) at Newmarket 7f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gf.
Extrasolar 9-1 (9-5) Mid-division, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 9, 1 3/4l behind Brazen (9-7) at Leicester 6f 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gf.
Can You Conga 6-1 (9-4) Led early, chased leader, led inside final 2f, headed and not pace of winner final 50 yards, 2nd of 9, 3/4l behind Red Refraction (9-1) at Ascot 6f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jul.