A wide open beginning to proceedings, with marginal preference being for KISS A PRINCE ahead of War and Peace and Annes Rocket. Kiss A Prince has been runner up in his last couple of outings, both of which have been at the similarly right-handed Kempton. Both of those were better races than this, and he's below his last winning mark. Dean Ivory's string are in decent form and Ashley Morgan's having a good season. War And Peace is also back down to below his only winning mark; David Evans' gelding has been pretty consistent this year, winning plenty of place money, but one win in 30 doesn't encourage us. Annes Rocket has a much better overall strike rate, and has been in decent form of late. Runner up here last time out, this is a slight step up in trip from that run when she couldn't quite reach the winner. There are better races to come but something has to win, and our selection is Kiss A Prince.
Black N Brew (USA) 12-1 (9-6) Slowly into stride, mid-division, ridden over 3f out, raced stands side from over 2f out, soon weakened, eased final furlong, last of 15, 24l behind Ailsa Craig (9-3) at Carlisle 1m hcap (4) gf in Jun.
War And Peace (IRE) 8-1 (9-8) In rear, never near leaders, 6th of 13, 6l behind Gemma's Delight (8-3) at Chester 7f hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Gazboolou 11-1 (9-9) Tracked leaders, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 10th of 13, 9l behind Army Of Stars (9-0) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Kiss A Prince 6-1 (9-3) Held up in rear on inside, headway over 2f out,stayed on inside final furlong, went 2nd close home, no impression on winner, 2nd of 10, 1 3/4l behind State Gathering (9-2) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-80 (4) pol.
El Libertador (USA) 10-1 (9-1) Towards rear, ridden along 3f out,some headway on outside final furlong, never a danger, 8th of 14, 7l behind Lady Florence (9-2) at Sandown 7f hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Croeso Cusan 8-1 (8-13) Dwelt, took keen hold, headway to lead over 5f out, clear over 4f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 7th of 9, 8l behind Stellite (9-6) at Hamilton 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Annes Rocket (IRE) 12-1 (9-3) Held up towards rear on inside, still plenty to do when switched sharply left to wide outside over 1f out, strong run inside final furlong, finished fast to 2nd last stride, unable to reach winner, 2nd of 14, 3/4l behind Lady Florence (9-2) at Sandown 7f hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Trafalgar Square 14-1 (8-4) Held up towards rear, making headway on rail when not much room and hampered over 1f out, stayed on same pace after, 8th of 15, 3 1/2l behind Aviso (9-1) at Newmarket 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Hilbre Court (USA) 25-1 (8-13) Towards rear, ridden over 2f out, some headway over 1f out, never near leaders, 7th of 12, 5l behind Eastern Gift (9-6) at Nottingham 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Having A Ball 14-1 (8-2) Tracked leaders, ridden to lead over 1f out, soon headed, no extra well inside final furlong, 4th of 11, 2 1/4l behind Count Ceprano (7-11) at Newbury 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Northern Genes (AUS) 20-1 (8-13) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, kept on same pace final furlong, no impression, 6th of 14, 2 3/4l behind Bermondsey Bob (9-1) at Chepstow 6f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jun.