Arch Fire is steadily improving and is likely to prove a popular choice after going close at Goodwood last time, while Circumvent has dropped to a more realistic mark and Prince Of Johanne has been placed in similar company. Fallen Idol is 14lb higher than when scoring over a mile here last year, which was also the last time he raced in a handicap, while Classic Punch saves his best for Newmarket. This is a tougher task for the likes of Chain Lightning, Silver Grey and Licence To Till than they've faced of late and a chance is taken on top weight and last year's winner FORTE DEI MARMI. He's not progressed as expected this season, but he's dropped down the weights as a result and reportedly arrives in fine form after his latest run at Goodwood.
Forte Dei Marmi 11-1 (9-8) Held up in rear, not clear run well over 2f out, ran on inside final furlong, never nearer, 8th of 18, 6l behind Arlequin (8-5) at Goodwood 1m 2f hcp (2) gd in Jul.
Fallen Idol 15-2 (9-3) Held up towards rear, outpaced over 3f out, no impression, 5th of 8, 8l behind Class Is Class (9-3) at Haydock 1m 2f Grp 3 (1) gd.
Classic Punch (IRE) 8-1 (9-11) Made all, clear over 4f out, eased inside final furlong, comfortable, won at Newmarket 1m 2f hcp 0-100 (2) gd beating Licence To Till (8-12) by 1 3/4l, 10 ran.
Cai Shen (IRE) 12-1 (8-13) Mid-division on inside, switched sharply left to outside over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, unable to reach leaders, 7th of 19, 4l behind Boom And Bust (8-10) at Goodwood 1m hcp (2) gf in Jul.
Circumvent 15-2 (9-4) Held up in touch, headway and effort over 2f out, every chance 1f out, kept on, 2nd of 10, 3 1/2l behind Sarrsar (9-4) at Ascot 1m hcp 0-100 (2) gs.
Prince Of Johanne (IRE) 20-1 (8-3) Tracked leaders, ridden and effort over 2f out, unable to quicken inside final furlong, 5th of 18, 3 1/2l behind Arlequin (8-5) at Goodwood 1m 2f hcp (2) gd in Jul.
Malthouse (GER) 5-4fav (9-3) Tracked leaders in 3rd, went 2nd over 7f out, ridden and every chance over 2f out, led final 100 yards, headed towards finish, 2nd of 6, nk behind Hunter's Light (9-3) at Hamilton 1m 3f Listed stks 3yo (1) gd in Jul.
Beaumont's Party (IRE) 7-2fav (8-11) In touch, ridden 3f out, stayed on one pace, 4th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Resurge (9-5) at Epsom Downs 1m 2f hcp (2) gd in Jun.
Chain Lightning 8-1 (9-2) Close up in 6th, not clearest of runs and switched right over 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, driven to press winner final 110 yards, no extra final 75 yards, 2nd of 15, 3/4l behind Labarinto (9-0) at Goodwood 1m 2f 3yo hcp (2) gd in Jul.
Silver Grey (IRE) 33-1 (9-0) Off the pace in 5th, weakened quickly over 3f out, soon behind and eased, 10th of 11, 15l behind Primevere (8-5) at Salisbury 1m 2f fll lst stks (1) gf.
Arch Fire (USA) 9-2fav (8-9) Held up in last trio, headway under pressure over 2f out, soon not clear run and switched sharply left to wide outside, entering final 2f, chased winner iniside final furlong, driven and stayed on strongly closing stages, just held, 2nd of 11, hd behind Whiplash Willie (8-12) at Goodwood 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gd in Jul.
Emerald Wilderness (IRE) 16-1 (9-10) Led, took keen hold, headed over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 10, 21l behind Haylaman (9-0) at Newmarket 1m 2f hcp 0-90 (3) gf in Jul.
Licence To Till (USA) 15-8fav (9-13) Led, brought field towards stands' side over 2f out, soon hard pressed, ridden over 1f out, headed narrowly inside final furlong, kept on, 2nd of 8, 1/2l behind Ailsa Craig (9-7) at Beverley 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) sft.
Ramona Chase 12-1 (9-9) Held up in 7th on inside, headway and switched right to inside over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, snatched 2nd last stride, no chance with winner, 2nd of 10, 2 1/4l behind Silver Grey (9-12) at Sandown 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) gs.
Rock The Stars (IRE) 5-1 (9-11) In touch, headway to chase leaders over 2f out, driven well over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, never going pace to threaten, 4th of 10, 6l behind Silver Grey (9-12) at Sandown 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) gs.