DANDINO and Khawlah are clear on official ratings. However, the latter has shown nothing in a couple of starts this season having landed a UAE Oaks and Derby double at Meydan last year and James Given's charge makes more appeal. His latest head defeat at Goodwood by subsequent Hardwicke Stakes winner Sea Moon is easily the best recent form on offer and the five-year-old will take all the beating here. Berling has plenty to find with the selection on latest running while Listed winner Barbican is struggling for his best form, as is Fair Trade, still only a maiden winner despite his high rating. Polygon has been tailed off in both starts this season while Zafarana and Proud Chieftain are both up against it on these terms.
Barbican 3-1 (9-3) Soon led, clear over 5f out, headed over 1f out, no extra, 4th of 5, 8l behind Cavalryman (9-0) at York 1m 6f Listed Stakes (4yo+) (1) gf in May.
Berling (IRE) 20-1 (9-0) Tracked leading pair, stayed on same pace and no impression final furlong, 3rd of 4, 5l behind Sea Moon (9-0) at Goodwood 1m 4f Listed Stakes (4yo+) (1) gd in May.
Dandino 4-1 (9-0) Took keen hold, tracked leading pair, pushed along 4f out, headway on outside over 2f out, chased winner inside final 2f, upsides and every chance throughout final furlong, found no extra and held last strides, 2nd of 4, hd behind Sea Moon (9-0) at Goodwood 1m 4f Listed Stakes (4yo+) (1) gd in May.
Fair Trade 33-1 (9-9) Chased leaders, pushed along 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 23rd of 30, 17l behind Prince Of Johanne (9-3) at Royal Ascot 1m hcp (2) gd.
Proud Chieftain 5-2 (9-6) Led early, tracked winner, ridden over 1f out, kept on and no impression, 2nd of 5, 4 1/2l behind Chain Of Events (8-11) at Sandown 1m 2f hcp 0-90 (3) sft.
Khawlah (IRE) 13-2 (8-12) Led until over 3f out, soon weakened, eased over 1f out, 8th of 9, well behind Shimmering Surf (8-12) at Haydock 1m 4f flls Grp 3 (1) gf.
Polygon (USA) 25-1 (8-12) In touch, headway over 3f out, soon under pressure and weakened, eased over 1f out, last of 9, well behind Shimmering Surf (8-12) at Haydock 1m 4f flls Grp 3 (1) gf.
Zafarana 25-1 (8-8) In touch, not clear run 2f out, ridden and stayed on inside final furlong, 6th of 11, 5l behind Charleston Lady (8-8) at Lingfield 1m 5f flls lst stks (1) pol in Oct.