TRADE COMMISSIONER appears to be improving at a rate of knots and his stable continues in fine form. Despite dropping in trip, the Montjeu gelding never gave favourite backers an anxious moment at Salisbury 10 days ago and a 12lb weight rise is fully justified. He can confirm that running with Vainglory and Norse Blues and win again before taking on better opposition in the autumn. Captain Bertie's win in the Newbury Spring Cup worked out well but he has a bit to find with Field Of Dream on their run together in the Royal Hunt Cup while Classic Colori is difficult to catch right and probably still a few pounds too high in the weights. Kyllachy Star has place claims, however, and the consistent Spa's Dancer is one of four previous C&D winners facing the starter.
Con Artist (IRE) 16-1 (9-1) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 10th of 13, 9l behind Gatewood (8-11) at Royal Ascot 1m 2f listed hcp 0-110 (1) sft in Jun.
Field Of Dream 66-1 (9-0) In rear, still last and plenty to do over 2f out, driven and headway near side over 1f out, strong run inside final furlong, going on close home, 4th of 30, 1 1/2l behind Prince Of Johanne (9-3) at Royal Ascot 1m hcp (2) gd in Jun.
Trade Commissioner (IRE) 5-2fav (9-5) Held up mid-division, headway over 2f out, led and shaken up over 1f out, soon clear, eased towards finish, won at Salisbury 1m hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Jun beating Shamaal Nibras (9-3) by 4 1/2l, 13 ran.
Mabait 16-1 (8-13) Always towards rear, never in it, 14th of 30, 9l behind Prince Of Johanne (9-3) at Royal Ascot 1m hcp (2) gd in Jun.
Spa's Dancer (IRE) 7-1 (9-3) Always prominent, led over 3f out and travelling best, ridden over 1f out and soon edged left, headed and no extra final 100 yards, 2nd of 14, 3/4l behind Bold Thady Quill (8-9) at Curragh 1m hcp sft in Jun.
Albaqaa 66-1 (8-9) Held up towards rear, not clear run over 2f out, switched right over 1f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 13th of 30, 7l behind Prince Of Johanne (9-3) at Royal Ascot 1m hcp (2) gd in Jun.
Captain Bertie (IRE) 12-1 (8-10) Mid-division most of way, 11th of 30, 6l behind Prince Of Johanne (9-3) at Royal Ascot 1m hcp (2) gd in Jun.
Directorship 20-1 (8-11) Raced far side, held up in rear, headway from 2f out, stayed on to 2nd that side final 100 yards, never any chance with winner, 6th of 23, 4 1/2l behind Eton Forever (9-8) at Royal Ascot 7f hcp 105 (2) sft in Jun.
Kyllachy Star 7-1 (9-7) Chased leaders, driven over 2f out, kept on same pace final furlong, no impression, 5th of 13, 3l behind Imperial Djay (9-9) at Chester 1m hcp 105 (2) sft in Jun.
Norse Blues 6-1 (9-9) Tracked leader, led over 2f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, soon weakened, 7th of 13, 11l behind Trade Commissioner (9-5) at Salisbury 1m hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Jun.
Classic Colori (IRE) 11-2fav (9-5) Held up behind, ridden over 2f out, one pace and never a factor, 7th of 12, 12l behind Navajo Chief (10-0) at York 1m 1f hcp 105 (2) sft in Jun.
Oriental Scot 15-2 (9-13) In rear, ridden over 2f out, kept on final furlong, never near leaders, 7th of 12, 5l behind Asatir (9-4) at Windsor 1m hcp 0-90 (3) gf.
Vainglory (USA) 16-1 (9-3) Held up behind, stayed on strongly final furlong, went 3rd near finish, 3rd of 13, 6l behind Trade Commissioner (9-5) at Salisbury 1m hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Jun.
Deire Na Sli (IRE) 33-1 (8-6) Rear of mid-division, headway on inside over 3f out, went modest 3rd inside final furlong until post, 4th of 17, 4 1/2l behind Highland Knight (9-4) at Epsom Downs 1m hcp 0-105 (2) gd in Jun.
Fulbright 13-2 (9-3) Held up towards rear, pushed along and headway over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 10th of 11, well behind Memory Cloth (9-9) at Newcastle 7f hcp 105 (2) hvy in Jun.
Stage Attraction (IRE) 4-1fav (9-3) Held up towards rear, headway 2f out, stayed on to 3rd inside final furlong, no impression on leading duo, lost 3rd in closing stages, 4th of 13, 5l behind Fennell Bay (8-1) at Sandown 1m hcp 0-100 (2) sft in Jun.
Switzerland (IRE) 11-1 (9-3) Held up in rear, under pressure over 3f out, headway over 1f out, never nearer, 4th of 12, 12l behind Michelangelo (9-3) at Newmarket 1m 2f 3yo aut stk (2) gf in Jun.