Vasily has to come into the reckoning on the back of a second in similar company at Windsor. Fennell Bay is capable at this level on his day though lightly-raced stablemate Pitchoun and the unexposed Cranach make more appeal. Centurius is not out of this if taking his chance but was engaged to run at Leicester yesterday so the vote goes to TRADER JACK. A close-up fourth to Prince Of Johanne in a hot handicap at Sandown last time, this longer trip is no problem and Roger Charlton's charge can come out best.
Art Scholar (IRE) 8-1 (9-10) Mid-division, pushed along over 3f out, effort and edged left over 2f out, no impression, 5th of 8, 9l behind Kiwayu (8-13) at York 1m 4f hcp 0-100 (2) gf.
Vasily 11-2 (8-12) Tracked leader, keen early, led over 2f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, switched left then edged left inside final furlong, unable to quicken, 2nd of 9, 1 3/4l behind Rawaki (8-8) at Windsor 1m 4f hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Jun.
Fennell Bay (IRE) 20-1 (8-10) Tracked leader, led 3f out, ridden and headed 2f out, kept on same pace, gradually weakened inside final furlong, 12th of 19, 10l behind Danchai (8-11) at York 1m 2f hcp (2) gf.
Trader Jack 14-1 (8-12) Slowly into stride, held up towards rear, headway towards inside over 2f out, switched left inside final 2f, stayed on inside final furlong, never quite going pace to challenge, 4th of 15, 1 1/2l behind Prince Of Johanne (9-10) at Sandown 1m hcp (2) gf.
Centurius 40-1 (9-0) Always in rear, last of 12, 21l behind Remote (9-0) at Royal Ascot 1m 2f 3yo Grp 3 (1) gf in Jun.
Cranach 10-1 (9-5) Took keen hold, held up in mid-division in slowly run race, good headway on inside over 2f out, ridden pressing leaders and every chance 1f out, one pace in 3rd close home, 3rd of 10, 3/4l behind Sir Boss (8-3) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jun.
Take Two 6-1 (10-0) Tracked leaders, challenging on inside when not much room briefly well over 1f out, led entering final furlong, kept on well, won at Nottingham 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) gf beating Aquilonius (9-6) by 1/2l, 7 ran.
Pitchoun (IRE) 10-11fav (9-7) Led, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 3, 2 1/4l behind Shrewd (9-6) at Chester 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gf.