There's pace all across this field so it will be interesting to see where the high numbers head. We're going to take a chance with ISHETOO who should get a nice tow from Thebes and last year's winner Bel Cantor whilst the likes of Johannes and Red Cape have obvious claims. Thebes has been struggling of late as has Damika who won this two years ago, Silver Wind and Shotley Mac may find this too competitive whilst it's been a long time since Good Gorsoon delivered. Filligree failed to land a blow at Goodwood in the race won by Johannes when one place behind Sunrise Safari but Vhujon had run on well to take fourth. Vhujon could struggle to come from behind at this track as may Sunrise Safari but everything should be in place for Johannes and Red Cape to go close. However, we're going to side with Ishetoo who finished second on his side when fifth in the Great St Wilfrid when partnered by Jamie Kyne. David Allan takes over in the saddle today and we fancy him to time his challenge to perfection to get Ishetoo home in front.
Ishetoo 20-1 (8-8) In touch far side, ridden 2f out, kept on same pace, no impression, 5th of 17, 3 1/2l behind Markab (9-3) at Ripon 6f hcp 0-110 (2) gf.
Thebes 14-1 (8-12) Raced far side, prominent, behind final 2f, 16th of 26, 10l behind Genki (9-1) at Goodwood 6f hcp (2) sft.
Damika (IRE) 16-1 (8-12) Raced stands side, never on terms, 13th of 19, 8l behind Knot In Wood (9-4) at York 6f hcp 105 (2) gd in Jul.
Johannes (IRE) 12-1 (9-0) Raced far side, chased leaders, ridden to lead that group and overall over 1f out, clear final furlong, ran on well (hand timed), won at Goodwood 6f hcap (2) gd in Jul beating Northern Dare (9-8) by 1 1/2l, 22 ran.
Red Cape (FR) 7-2fav (9-6) In touch, headway over 1f out, ridden and stayed on well to chase winner inside final furlong, 2nd of 10, 1 1/2l behind Everymanforhimself (9-11) at Haydock 6f hcp 0-95 (3) gd.
Atlantic Story (USA) 13-2 (9-8) With winner, ridden over 1f out, one pace, 5th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Red Cape (9-0) at Ripon 6f hcp 0-95 (3) gd.
Vhujon (IRE) 9-2fav (9-5) Towards rear, headway when not clear run, switched left over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 4th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Olynard (9-1) at Windsor 6f hcp 0-95 (3) gf.
Sunrise Safari (IRE) 13-2 (9-0) Raced stands' side, close up on outer of group, ridden and chance over 2f out, weakened quickly over 1f out, 16th of 22, 10l behind Johannes (9-0) at Goodwood 6f hcap (2) gd in Jul.
Filligree (IRE) 12-1 (9-3) Raced stands' side, held up towards rear, not on terms final 2f, 17th of 22, 10l behind Johannes (9-0) at Goodwood 6f hcap (2) gd in Jul.
Silver Wind 2-1 (9-7) Made all, ridden and hung badly left from over 1f out, driven inside final furlong, all out, won at Newmarket 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gs beating Zowington (9-7) by hd, 7 ran.
Shotley Mac 8-1 (8-11) Led, headed 2f out, soon ridden, weakened final furlong, 9th of 11, 8l behind Mastership (9-0) at Newcastle 7f hcp 0-95 (3) gs in Jul.
Good Gorsoon (USA) 6-1 (9-4) Held up, ridden and wide outside halfway, no chance final 2f, 8th of 9, 4 1/2l behind Miss Chamanda (9-4) at Windsor 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Bel Cantor 10-1 (9-6) Pressed leader after 1f, driven and lost 2nd 2f out, weakened rapidly, 11th of 12, 16l behind Street Power (9-12) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-80 (4) pol.