It will be interesting to see how Saeed Bin Suroor's Ashram performs on his seasonal reappearance having won a Listed race at Newbury last autumn prior to failing to justify market favouritism in the Challenge Stakes on his final start but the three-year-old RED JAZZ probably only needs to reproduce the form of his latest effort in the Jersey Stakes to win this and he gets the verdict ahead of Mabait. Luca Cumani's colt showed progressive form last term in handicaps and carried that improvement through to this season with a reappearance success at Sandown prior to decent efforts in defeat in when second in the Victoria Cup and third in the Group 3 Diadem Stakes. Any further improvement will make the son of Kyllachy the main danger to the selection. David Brown's Doncaster Rover deserves to get his head in front following some respectable placed efforts but he may have to settle for minor honours again. Marco Botti's Fanunalter was not disgraced in a Group 2 race in Italy last time and he has place claims, while Premio Loco is capable of taking a hand in the finish but is likely to struggle under his penalty. The vote though goes the way of the Barry Hills-trained Red Jazz, who has improved with each start this term and he can go one better than when narrowly beaten in the Jersey Stakes.
Premio Loco (USA) 8-1 (9-0) 7th of 10, 6l behind Bankable (8-11) at Meydan(UAE) 1m Grp 2 gf in Feb.
Ashram (IRE) 7-2fav (9-1) Hampered start, soon with leader, ridden and every chance 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 9, 3l behind Arabian Gleam (9-3) at Newmarket 7f Grp 2 (1) gd in Oct.
Beauchamp Xerxes 28-1 (9-0) Always towards rear, no chance final 2f, 10th of 15, 9l behind Rainbow Peak (9-4) at Royal Ascot 1m 2f listed hcp 0-110 (1) gf.
Doncaster Rover (USA) 10-1 (9-0) Close up on outside, pushed along in close 3rd from 4f out, ridden to press winner and every chance from 2f out, stayed battling away under pressure, no extra and held towards finish, 2nd of 9, 3/4l behind Main Aim (9-0) at Haydock 7f Grp 3 (1) gs in May.
Fanunalter 6-1 (9-7) 4th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Pressing (9-11) at San Siro(ITY) 1m Grp 2 (1) gd in May.
King of Dixie (USA) 6-4fav (9-8) Held up in rear, pulled hard early, headway over 3f out, switched left to challenge over 2f out, soon chasing leaders, hung right over 1f out, no impression, 4th of 6, 6l behind Beauchamp Xerxes (9-5) at Goodwood 1m Listed stks (1) gd in May.
Mabait 10-3 (9-4) Keen, raced wide early, taken back to drop in towards rear, headway over 1f out, ridden to challenge leading pair inside final furlong, unable to quicken near finish, 3rd of 9, 3/4l behind Bushman (9-4) at Epsom Downs 1m Grp 3 (1) gd.
Jeninsky (USA) 20-1 (9-7) Took keen hold, held up towards rear, headway on outside over 2f out, ridden to chase leaders 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 9th of 15, 7l behind Crown Choice (9-3) at Sandown 7f hcp 0-100 (2) gd.
Red Jazz (USA) 13-2 (9-1) Led, ridden and edged right over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, rallied gamely under pressure towards finish, just held, 2nd of 13, hd behind Rainfall (8-12) at Royal Ascot 7f 3yo Grp 3 (1) gf.