This is usually won by a decent type but not one favourite has scored in the last ten renewals. Rye House is the only entry to have scored over the trip which he did at Windsor. He's on the upgrade and reasonably treated so it will be a surprise if he's not thereabouts. Al Saham has gone up 2lb for his defeat by Willie Wag Tail at Kempton and this looks tougher while Moon Trip is up 5lb after a short-head defeat at Musselburgh. RULE BOOK still looked inexperienced when landing a 1m2f maiden at Sandown where he battled back after being headed. This trip will suit and he can progress enough to complete the double.
Al Saham 16-1 (9-7) Held up towards rear, good headway on inside over 2f out, went 2nd well over 1f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 2nd of 12, 2l behind Willie Wag Tail (9-4) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Cherry Street 9-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, weakened 3f out, eased when no chance final furlong, tailed off, 9th of 11, 34l behind Rosslyn Castle (9-6) at Chester 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) sft in May.
Star Date (IRE) 7-1 (9-2) Held up in last, took keen hold, headway over 2f out, stayed on same pace, never on terms, 4th of 8, 7l behind Counsel (8-10) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Rule Book (IRE) 9-2 (9-3) Led after 1f, narrowly headed inside final furlong, rallied to lead again towards finish, won at Sandown 1m 2f 3yo mdn (5) sft beating Sir Quintin (9-3) by nk, 12 ran.
Last Shadow 11-2 (9-1) Tracked leaders, ridden over 4f out, soon outpaced, well held final 2f, 6th of 7, 15l behind Montaser (8-12) at Haydock 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gf in May.
Ex Oriente (IRE) 12-1 (9-3) Took keen hold, held up in last pair, promising headway on outside travelling well over 2f out, hung right under pressure and went 3rd over 1f out, well held inside final furlong, 3rd of 12, 2 3/4l behind Willie Wag Tail (9-4) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Rye House (IRE) 11-4 (9-7) Made all, ridden and joined over 1f out, driven and ran on gamely, won at Windsor 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) sft in May beating Man Of Plenty (9-6) by hd, 7 ran.
Moon Trip 20-1 (8-13) Soon led, ridden and pressed from over 3f out, kept on under pressure, headed close home, just held, 2nd of 12, shd behind Rocktherunway (9-4) at Musselburgh 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gs.