CELESTIAL BAY was carrying overweight when beaten less than a length by Maglietta Fina at Bath on Saturday. She effectively races off a 3lb lower mark here and, with Richard Hughes booked, must have every chance against more exposed rivals. Desert Command was only beaten a short-head over 6f at Epsom last month but, like the consistent Macdillon, doesn't look well drawn. Storm Lightning had Solemn back in fourth when scoring at Wolverhampton but the latter is 7lb better off here and there may not be much to choose between the pair this time. The Strig won at Brighton on Monday but now has a penalty to carry and this is much more competitive.
Storm Lightning 13-2 (9-2) 4th of 9, 2 3/4l behind Da'quonde (9-3) at Chester 5f hcp 0-80 (4) sft.
Senator Bong 9-2fav (8-11) Mid-divison, headway over 1f out, no impression, 8th of 14, 5l behind Imperial Legend (9-2) at Haydock 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gs.
Desert Command 11-4fav (9-5) Led, ridden 2f out, pressed inside final furlong, headed post, 2nd of 6, shd behind Al Udeid (9-7) at Epsom Downs 6f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gs in Aug.
Italian Tom (IRE) 9-1 (8-11) Chased leaders, ridden halfway, not much room on inside over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 11, 6l behind Milly's Gift (9-1) at Bath 6f app hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Solemn 14-1 (9-10) Mid-division, ridden and headway on inside over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, never troubled leaders, 4th of 10, 3l behind Storm Lightning (9-4) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Aug.
Time Medicean 25-1 (9-2) Always behind, last of 11, 15l behind Slip Sliding Away (9-2) at Goodwood 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Alpha Delta Whisky 7-2 (9-4) With leader, led over 3f out, came towards stands side rail over 2f out, ridden and hard pressed final furlong, just held on, won at Goodwood 5f hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Aug beating Wooden King (9-12) by hd, 7 ran.
Irish Boy (IRE) 20-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, saw no daylight from over 1f out, finished on the bridle, not recover, 9th of 11, 7l behind Rocket Rob (9-10) at Sandown 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Aug.
Macdillon 8-1 (9-2) Held up in mid-division, no daylight from over 1f out until switched left inside final furlong, stayed on to 3rd final 100 yards, 3rd of 11, 4l behind Rocket Rob (9-10) at Sandown 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Aug.
Royal Award 20-1 (9-4) Raced stand side, outpaced, switched to centre halfway, kept on final furlong, nearest finish, 4th of 9, 5l behind Ladweb (8-11) at Windsor 5f hcp 0-70 (5) gs in Aug.
Celestial Bay 8-1 (8-2) Off the pace in last trio, headway entering final 2f, ridden over 1f out, stayed on to 2nd final 130 yards, not reach winner, 2nd of 7, 3/4l behind Maglietta Fina (9-5) at Bath 5f flls hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
The Strig 5-2 (9-4) Held up tracking leaders in 4th, good headway on inside to chase leaders 3f out, went 2nd 2f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, ran on and always holding on, won at Brighton 5f hcp 0-70 (5) gs beating Threave (9-1) by nk, 5 ran.
Risky Rizkova 20-1 (8-9) Chased leaders, lost place over 2f out, 8th of 10, 14l behind Monsieur Jamie (9-7) at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-70 (5) sft.
Torres Del Paine 16-1 (8-7) Steadied start, held up, ridden over 2f out, headway and hung right over 1f out, soon hung left, hung right inside final furlong, not run on, 3rd of 10, 6l behind Gabrial's Gift (9-1) at Kempton 6f clm stks 0-75 (5) pol.
Harrogate Fair 16-1 (9-4) Tracked leaders, ridden to chase winner over 1f out until weakened inside final furlong, 4th of 7, 3 1/2l behind Marmalady (9-8) at Kempton 6f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol.