There are some old favourites facing the starter here and several would have leading claims if producing their best. Hitchens was only beaten half-a-length in a Listed race at Chester earlier month while Lui Rei has been running well in competitive handicaps, though was only fifth behind the back-to-form Desert Law at Ascot two weeks ago. Sirius Prospect and High Standing have been below par this term, however, and Markab and Scarf both need to step up on respective wins at Windsor and Newbury to follow up in this grade. ES QUE LOVE has been on the go since April but has plenty in his favour today and will bounce off this faster ground. If allowed to dominate, Mark Johnston's three-year-old may well be good enough. Hallelujah looks the best of the two fillies ahead of the returning Blanche Dubawi.
Hitchens (IRE) 9-2 (9-7) Tracked leader, ridden and every chance when stumbled over 1f out, driven and stayed on one pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 9, 1/2l behind Van Ellis (8-10) at Chester 6f Listed stks 3yo (1) gf.
Markab 11-4 (9-0) Smartly away, raced on rails and made all, ridden over 1f out, pressed final furlong, kept on and always doing enough towards finish, won at Windsor 6f Listed stks 3yo (1) gf in May beating Elnawin (9-0) by 3/4l, 5 ran.
Sirius Prospect (USA) 14-1 (9-5) Reared in stalls, raced centre, held up, pushed along halfway, ridden and weakened over 2f out, 6th of 12, 12l behind Mayson (9-5) at Newmarket 6f Grp 1 (1) hvy in Jul.
Desert Law (IRE) 11-2 (9-10) Tracked leaders, switched right 2f out, led narrowly inside final 2f, soon ridden, headed narrowly inside final furlong, rallied to regain lead post, won at Ascot 5f hcp 105 (2) gf beating Taajub (9-9) by shd, 10 ran.
High Standing (USA) 14-1 (9-2) Raced far side, mid-division, weakened over 2f out, 25th of 28, 12l behind Dandy Boy (9-8) at Royal Ascot 6f hcp 0-110 (2) gd in Jun.
Lui Rei (ITY) 8-1 (9-12) Awkwardly away, mid-division, effort 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace under pressure final furlong, 5th of 10, 2 3/4l behind Desert Law (9-10) at Ascot 5f hcp 105 (2) gf.
Scarf (AUS) 11-8 (9-2) Made virtually all, switched right to join rival on near side rail 4f out, driven over 1f out, assserted final furlong, ridden out, won at Newbury 7f cond Stakes (4) gs in Jul beating Silverheels (8-5) by 4 1/2l, 4 ran.
Es Que Love (IRE) 12-1 (9-6) Close up far side, ridden and weakened
Blanche Dubawi (IRE) 2-1fav (8-12) In rear, headway and not clear run and stumbled over 1f out, soon switched right, pushed along and ran on to lead post, won at Newmarket 6f fll lst stks (1) gf in Oct beating Anne Of Kiev (9-2) by shd, 10 ran.
Hallelujah 11-1 (9-2) Held up behind, driven and headway 2f out, ridden and effort over 1f out, every chance inside final furlong, no extra final 50 yards, 3rd of 11, 1l behind Gracia Directa (9-2) at York 6f flls Group 3 stks (1) gs in Jul.