The much-improved Chain Of Events beat VITAL EVIDENCE, Tobacco Road and First Post over course and distance three weeks ago and will make a bold bid to complete the four-timer. But Sir Michael Stoute's runner-up is probably the pick of the weights today and can take revenge on the way to opening his seasonal account. Air Pilot is running well while three-year-olds Stormardal and Rydan have decent claims, the latter producing a strong run to beat a previous winner here last time. Cactus Valley went close at Pontefract last time and blinkers may sharpen him up a little more but he really likes to hear his hooves rattle.
Cactus Valley (IRE) 7-1 (10-0) Slowly into stride, held up in rear, ridden 2f out, headway on outer entering final furlong, ran on, not reach leaders, 3rd of 7, 1/2l behind Epic Battle (9-7) at Pontefract 1m 2f hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Jun.
Vital Evidence (USA) 9-1 (9-7) Took keen hold tracking leaders on outside, went 2nd inside final 2f, soon ridden, every chance inside final furlong, went 2nd final strides, 2nd of 11, 1/2l behind Chain Of Events (8-13) at Sandown 1m 2f hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Jun.
Tobacco Road (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) Held up in mid-division on outside, wide on bend into home straight, headway on wide outside 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, took 4th final 50 yards, never quite going pace to reach leaders, 4th of 11, 3/4l behind Chain Of Events (8-13) at Sandown 1m 2f hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Jun.
Air Pilot 8-1 (8-3) Tracked headway on outside well over 2f out, went 2nd 2f lout, leaders in 4th, ridden and stayed on same pace final furlong, well held but kept on well to hold 2nd, 2nd of 12, 2 1/2l behind Farraaj (9-8) at Epsom Downs 1m 2f hcp (2) gd in Jun.
Weapon Of Choice (IRE) 25-1 (8-6) Close up, ridden when weakened over 1f out, 13th of 14, 18l behind Sennockian Star (9-1) at Epsom Downs 1m 2f hcp 0-105 (2) gs in Apr.
Presburg (IRE) 5-1 (9-4) Held up in last trio, headway over 2f out, not clear run when switched left and driven over 1f out, never going pace of leading trio and no impression inside final furlong, lost 4th final strides, 5th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Starwatch (8-9) at Windsor 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in May.
Chain Of Events 6-1 (8-13) Tracked leaders on inside, looking for run when switched left 3f out, switched right to inside over 2f out, sustained challenge over 1f out, ridden to lead final 150 yards, stayed on gamely, won at Sandown 1m 2f hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Jun beating Vital Evidence (9-7) by 1/2l, 11 ran.
Jodies Jem 11-1 (8-11) Close up, ridden to chase winner 2f out, kept on one pace, 4th of 9, 4 1/2l behind Ishikawa (8-0) at Sandown 1m hcp 0-95 (3) sft in May.
Stormardal (IRE) 6-1 (9-4) Led, ridden and headed over 2f out, no extra inside final furlong, 3rd of 7, 8l behind Top Tug (8-10) at Newmarket 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gs in May.
Snow King (USA) 20-1 (9-4) Raced wide always in rear, last of 8, 43l behind Born To Surprise (9-7) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in May.
First Post (IRE) 8-1 (8-10) Took keen hold, held up towards rear, headway on outside over 2f out, ridden and weakened inside final 2f, 9th of 11, 22l behind Chain Of Events (8-13) at Sandown 1m 2f hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Jun.
Rydan (IRE) 10-1 (9-7) Took keen hold, held up in last trio, steady progress on outside 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, went 2nd inside final furlong, soon hung right, stayed on to lead final 100 yards, won at Sandown 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Jun beating Reesha (9-6) by 1/2l, 10 ran.
Karraar 5-1 (9-5) Tracked leader, ridden to lead over 2f out, edged left and headed over 1f out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 14, 2 1/2l behind Kings Fete (9-5) at Sandown 1m 2f 3yo mdn (5) gd in Jun.