There is little to choose between Mick Channon's two runners in this conditions race with Hortensia marginally preferred to Saucy Buck but both may have to settle for minor honours in a contest taken to go to PREMIER CLARETS. Richard Fahey's colt was good value for his win in an auction maiden at Haydock last month and showed improved form when a close up third behind High Award in the Woodcote Stakes at Epsom, form on which he looks the one to beat. Kevin Ryan's Drawing Board has won each of his two starts at Leicester and Newcastle but this is tougher and his winning run is likely to come to an end. Clive Brittain's Planet Waves won well at Nottingham but was outclassed in the Coventry Stakes last time and looks best watched. Howard Johnson's Defence Council looks to be going the right way and has to be considered following his narrow win at Ripon but Premier Clarets has plenty going for him and is hard to oppose.
Drawing Board 4-6fav (9-2) Steadied start, held up, pushed along when switched left over 2f out, led 1f out, ran on well, ridden out, won at Newcastle 6f 2yo nov stk (4) gf in May beating Joyously (8-9) by 3/4l, 4 ran.
Planet Waves (IRE) 40-1 (9-1) Tracked leader, ridden and weakened over 2f out, 12th of 13, 17l behind Strong Suit (9-1) at Royal Ascot 6f 2yo Grp 2 (1) gd.
Saucy Buck (IRE) 25-1 (9-0) Always behind, ridden and struggling halfway, 8th of 9, 7l behind High Award (9-0) at Epsom Downs 6f 2yo lst stk (1) gf.
Defence Council (IRE) 2-1fav (9-3) Led stands side, ridden and overall leader over 1f out, stayed on under pressure when hard pressed inside final furlong, just held on, won at Ripon 5f 2yo mdn aut (5) gd beating Whisper Louise (8-12) by nk, 15 ran.
Minch Man 28-1 (8-9) Chased leaders, led 2f out, narrowly headed inside final furlong, driven and rallied gamely to regain lead post, won at Haydock 6f 2yo mdn aut (5) gf in May beating Imperialistic Diva (8-4) by shd, 11 ran.
Premier Clarets (IRE) 11-2 (9-0) Pulled hard, tracked leaders on outside, ridden to chase winner well over 1f out, no impression and lost 2nd last stride, 3rd of 9, 1 3/4l behind High Award (9-0) at Epsom Downs 6f 2yo lst stk (1) gf.
Hortensia (IRE) 40-1 (8-12) Raced stands side, chased leaders, ridden and hung right off rail 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 19th of 22, 15l behind Memory (8-12) at Royal Ascot 6f 2yo fll Grp 3 (1) gf.