A stiff mile is ideal for VAINGLORY who was gaining his seventh success in a very tough Epsom handicap last month. He's rarely beaten far and is just 1lb higher than when a close runner-up in a lucrative handicap here last July and can complete a double. Norse Blues won the Hunt Cup at Thirsk with an all-the-way victory but a 6lb rise takes him on to his highest ever mark. George Guru had always appeared best on Polytrack until scoring comfortably at Goodwood and he has to be considered along with the lightly-raced and progressive course and distance winner Roserrow. Danchai could provide the main threat as he was having just his fourth start when runner-up to Boonga Roogeta at Newmarket and looks certain to make further progress.
Fire Ship 9-2 (9-7) Half reared start, chased leading pair on outside, pushed along over 2f out, ridden and not quicken over 1f out, weakened final 100 yards, 5th of 8, 3l behind Directorship (8-12) at Sandown 1m hcp 0-105 (2) gs in Apr.
Norse Blues 7-2fav (8-8) Made all, ridden over 1f out, kept on and just held on close home, won at Thirsk 1m hcp 0-100 (2) gf in May beating Anderiego (8-6) by hd, 15 ran.
George Guru 11-4fav (8-13) Held up towards rear, headway inside final 2f, chased leaders over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, went 2nd last strides, unable to reach winner, 2nd of 10, 3/4l behind Head Of Steam (8-8) at Goodwood 7f hcp 0-100 (2) gd in May.
Maverik 11-2fav (9-2) Led, ridden 3f out, headed and hampered entering final 2f, weakened final furlong, 10th of 14, 11l behind Vainglory (8-9) at Epsom Downs 1m hcp 0-105 (2) gs in May.
Bancnuanaheireann (IRE) 9-2fav (10-0) Held up towards rear, headway on outside well over 1f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, ran on strongly, won at Goodwood 1m 1f hcp 0-90 (3) gd in May beating Pilgrims Rest (9-13) by 1l, 8 ran.
Forgive 12-1 (8-12) Chased leaders, pushed along and unable to quicken 2f out, kept on same pace and real impression final furlong, 8th of 12, 3 1/2l behind Sentaril (8-12) at Lingfield 1m flls lst stks (1) pol in Nov.
Vainglory (USA) 12-1 (8-9) In rear, slightly outpaced over 3f out, headway entering final 2f, ridden to lead inside final furlong, won at Epsom Downs 1m hcp 0-105 (2) gs in May beating Lord Ofthe Shadows (8-7) by 1/2l, 14 ran.
Zafisio (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) Tracked leader, pushed along over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 5, 21l behind Poet (9-0) at Ayr 1m 2f Listed stks 3yo (1) sft in Sep '11.
Roserrow 8-1 (9-7) Keen led, headed over 6f out, tracked leaders, ridden to challenge from over 1f out, driven to lead towards finish, won at Sandown 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gf beating Tigers Tale (9-5) by 1/2l, 14 ran.
Weapon Of Choice (IRE) 17-2 (8-11) Slowly into stride, held up towards rear, ridden over 2f out, headway over 1f out, never on terms, stayed on same pace, 5th of 10, 6l behind Captain Bertie (8-12) at Chester 1m hcp 0-105 (2) gs in May.
Danchai 5-1fav (8-7) Keen in touch, headway 3f out, ridden to challenge winner from over 1f out, not quicken near finish, 2nd of 12, 3/4l behind Boonga Roogeta (8-5) at Newmarket 1m 1f hcp (2) gf in May.
Trader Jack 5-1 (9-1) Held up in last pair, headway on outside over 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, never going pace to reach leaders, 5th of 9, 4 1/2l behind Spa's Dancer (9-4) at Sandown 1m hcp 0-95 (3) gs in May.
Gaul Wood (IRE) 9-2 (8-13) Chased leaders, went 3rd 3f out, challenging and every chance when pushed right 2f out, hung right disputing 2nd and kept on same pace inside final furlong,, 3rd of 9, 2 1/2l behind Spa's Dancer (9-4) at Sandown 1m hcp 0-95 (3) gs in May.
Lowther 8-1 (9-4) Tracked leaders, effort over 2f out, soon weakened, 5th of 7, 9l behind Boots And Spurs (9-0) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-95 (3) sft in May.
Noble Citizen (USA) 20-1 (8-9) Started slowly, held up in last pair, headway on outside 3f out, ridden on outside inside final 2f, hung right and no impression final furlong, 6th of 10, 5l behind Head Of Steam (8-8) at Goodwood 7f hcp 0-100 (2) gd in May.
Basseterre (IRE) 8-1 (9-4) Held up, headway over 3f out, ridden and every chance inside final furlong, no extra towards finish, 4th of 9, 3 1/2l behind Niceofyoutotellme (9-5) at Newmarket 1m 2f hcp 0-95 (3) gf.
Ashaadd (IRE) 8-1 (9-7) Dwelt switched right start, in rear, headway over 1f out, switched left approaching final furlong, ridden and ran on to lead near finish, won going away, won at Sandown 7f 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gf beating Homage (9-2) by 1/2l, 9 ran.