Levi Draper is likely to start favourite for this having completed his hat-trick with a bit in hand at Kempton. He's only a pound higher back on Turf but this is quite competitive as Darnathean had won at Brighton and Lingfield before failing to justify favouritism at the latter last time and FIRST CLASS has been knocking on the door. He had Greyfriarschorista behind when second over course and distance two runs ago and can go one better today. Afkar continues to run well but gets no respite from the handicapper while Paphos tends to struggle in this grade.
Afkar (IRE) 5-1 (9-5) Tracked winner, ridden 2f out, no impression final furlong, 2nd of 11, 3 1/2l behind Pategonia (9-4) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jun.
Greyfriarschorista 9-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders center until merged with far side group over 5f out, weakened over 2f out, 10th of 11, 12l behind Azma (8-10) at Newmarket 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Jun.
Paphos 7-2 (9-13) Led, headed 4f out, ridden 3f out, edged right 2f out, lost place over 1f out, 5th of 6, 10l behind Dutch Mistress (9-4) at Warwick 1m app hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jun.
Levi Draper 9-4fav (9-9) Tracked leaders in 5th, travelling well 3f out, ridden to challenge 2f out, led entering final furlong, ridden out, won at Kempton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jun beating Intomist (9-7) by 1l, 11 ran.
Darnathean 6-4fav (9-2) Raced freely tracking leaders, ridden halfway, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 8, 6l behind Halling Dancer (9-3) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jun.
First Class 11-2 (8-9) Prominent, ridden and every chance over 1f out, edged left and kept on one pace, 4th of 9, 2l behind Fantasy Gladiator (8-11) at Yarmouth 7f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jun.
Diplomatic (IRE) 14-1 (9-7) Held up mid-division, pushed along over 3f out, weakened inside final furlong, 9th of 12, 25l behind Hill Of Dreams (9-7) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jun.
Katy's Secret 12-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, faded inside final furlong, 5th of 12, 7l behind Jonnie Skull (9-7) at Yarmouth 7f hcp 0-60 (6) gf in May.