AJJAADD won the 2011 renewal in soft ground and looks to have every chance again. Ted Powell's sprinter finished ahead of Tagula Night and subsequent winner Judge 'n Jury over track and trip last month and the latter is closely matched with Asian Trader on earlier running. Pearl Blue was also behind Asian Trader before scoring at Newmarket last month but Eccleston won in testing going over course and distance back in April and has claims on that form. Iffranesia has impressive form figures but has come up short in this grade before, including at Doncaster last time when finishing behind third-placed Jamaican Bolt, who loves the mud.
Pearl Blue (IRE) 11-2 (9-8) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong to lead close home, won at Newmarket 5f hcp 0-90 (3) gs in Jul beating Megaleka (8-13) by 1/2l, 11 ran.
Ajjaadd (USA) 10-1 (8-13) Raced stands side, mid-division, never dangerous, 12th of 15, 9l behind Racy (9-1) at Ascot 5f hcp (2) gf in Jul.
Eccleston 20-1 (8-12) In rear, ridden over 2f out, no real headway, 13th of 20, 13l behind See The Sun (8-7) at York 6f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gd in Jun.
Free Zone 5-1 (8-11) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 7, 5l behind Judge 'n Jury (8-4) at Nottingham 5f cond Stakes (3) gd.
Judge 'n Jury 25-1 (8-9) Mid-division stands side, struggling over 2f out, last of 15, 12l behind Blaine (9-5) at York 5f hcp 105 (2) gf.
One Chance (IRE) 14-1 (8-13) Chased leaders, 6th halfway, ridden and no impression over 1f out, kept on one pace, 5th of 7, 4l behind Sir Maximilian (9-7) at Tipperary 5f Listed stks 3yo (1) gf.
Normal Equilibrium 12-1 (9-2) Chase leaders, ridden and effort towards far side over 1f out, kept on same pace, no impression inside final furlong, 9th of 17, 6l behind Go Far (9-3) at Doncaster 5f hcp 0-95 (3) gd.
Elusivity (IRE) 10-1 (8-5) Raced awkwardly off the pace towards rear, never involved, 14th of 19, 5l behind Caspian Prince (9-0) at Epsom Downs 5f hcp (2) gd in Jun.
Jamaican Bolt (IRE) 14-1 (9-3) Mid-division, driven 2f out, ridden 1f out, stayed on to chase leaders inside final furlong, went 3rd towards finish, not reach front pair, 3rd of 17, 2 1/2l behind Go Far (9-3) at Doncaster 5f hcp 0-95 (3) gd.
Iffranesia (FR) 11-2 (9-2) Mid-division, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace, never on terms, 10th of 17, 7l behind Go Far (9-3) at Doncaster 5f hcp 0-95 (3) gd.
Asian Trader 11-1 (8-9) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, pushed along over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 8th of 13, 9l behind Robot Boy (9-7) at Newcastle 5f hcp 105 (2) gf in Jun.
Chilworth Icon 12-1 (9-6) Tracked leaders, pushed along over 2f out, ridden one pace and no impression well over 1f out, plugged on inside final furlong and almost snatched 4th, 5th of 9, 4 1/2l behind Accession (8-12) at Newbury 7f hcp 0-95 (3) gs.
Even Stevens 20-1 (8-11) Led, ridden inside final 2f, headed 1f out, gradually weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 17, 6l behind Go Far (9-3) at Doncaster 5f hcp 0-95 (3) gd.
Ladweb 33-1 (9-1) Chased leaders in centre, pushed along halfway, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 16th of 18, 12l behind Barnet Fair (9-1) at Goodwood 6f hcp (2) gf.
Ziggy Lee 6-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, unable to quicken when short of room briefly over 1f out, kept on again inside final furlong, took 3rd final 75 yards, 3rd of 8, 4 1/2l behind Random Success (9-0) at Newbury 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Tagula Night (IRE) 6-1 (9-9) Chased leaders on outside, pushed along over 2f out, ridden and not quicken over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, no chance with easy winner, 4th of 7, 4l behind Polybius (9-5) at Windsor 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jul.
Keep It Dark 2-1fav (10-2) In touch, ridden over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 8th of 9, 9l behind Rural Celebration (9-0) at Catterick 5f hcp 0-80 (4) sft in May.