Ferruccio is creeping up the handicap, despite not winning, though he only went down by half-a-length at Leicester last month having gone even closer at Nottingham in May and this longer trip should suit on breeding. England Rules won at Windsor in May and had excuses when well beaten on his handicap bow at Sandown subsequently, while Quiz Mistress looked to be on the way back when second over a longer trip at Wolverhampton last month. TOP DIKTAT has his first run on turf and was well beaten on the Polytrack at Kempton last time. That run is best ignored, however, as the gelding was trapped wide throughout and hampered when trying to close on the leaders. Ryan Moore's mount should relish the extra here and the handicapper may well have let him in lightly - he could be the value in this.
Agent Archie (USA) (8-10) 10th of 18, 3/4l behind Winterwind (9-4) at Saint Moritz(SWI) 1m 2f stks hrd in Feb.
Destiny Blue (IRE) 11-1 (9-1) Chased leaders, ridden 2f out, no extra inside final furlong, 8th of 16, 8l behind Miami Gator (9-0) at Carlisle 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gs in Jun.
Lyric Poet (USA) 7-2 (9-0) Pecked slightly on leaving stalls, chased leaders in 4th, ridden 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 4th of 6, 5l behind New Code (8-7) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.
England Rules (IRE) 11-2 (8-12) In touch, ridden over 3f out, badly hampered over 2f out, not recover, 8th of 11, 24l behind Barney Rebel (9-0) at Sandown 1m 1f 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gs in Jun.
Negotiation (IRE) 5-1fav (9-6) Chased leader until over 3f out, soon pushed along, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 14, 5l behind Master Mylo (10-0) at Newmarket 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Jun.
Rutland Boy 12-1 (8-9) Always in rear, 10th of 11, 28l behind Whiplash Willie (8-10) at Salisbury 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Jun.
Quiz Mistress 7-2 (9-4) Took keen hold, held up in 4th on inside, went 3rd 4f out, switched right to chase winner well over 1f out, ridden and edged left over 1f out, switched right 1f out, soon one pace and no impression, 2nd of 4, 1 3/4l behind Lexi's Boy (8-13) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Jun.
Top Diktat 15-8 (8-13) Mid-division, under pressure over 2f out, soon beaten, 8th of 12, 14l behind Gladys' Gal (8-8) at Lingfield 7f mdn auc stks (6) pol in Jun.
Falmouth Bay (USA) 9-1 (9-6) Held up in rear, pushed along over 3f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 6, 8l behind Groomed (9-7) at Beverley 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Ferruccio (IRE) 7-2 (9-0) Tracked leading pair, not clear run on inside from 2f out until squeezed through approaching final furlong, went 2nd entering final furlong, stayed on, unable to reach winner, 2nd of 7, 1/2l behind Hurricane Lady (9-4) at Leicester 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jun.