Jonnie Skull has become a standing dish here and it would be no surprise if he overturned recent course and distance running with Muftarres on 6lb better terms. Brocklebank appears to have the beating of Darnathean on last month's run at Ascot and can probably be excused a subsequent run at Brighton but Kakapuka's good run of form came to an end at Sandown earlier this month and George Baker has been struggling to get his head in front in lesser company. AZRAEL was beaten in a seller at Redcar in the spring but has shown himself to be much than that in subsequent runs. He had Darnathean well behind when fourth over track and trip two runs ago and can get back to winning ways in this.
Azrael 25-1 (9-7) Raced far side overall leader until ridden over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 7th of 10, 5l behind Skytrain (8-13) at Newmarket 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Brocklebank (IRE) 14-1 (9-7) Slowly into stride, mid-division, headway over 1f out, never on terms, 8th of 15, 8l behind Party Royal (9-3) at Brighton 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
George Baker (IRE) 12-1 (9-11) Held up last, headway over 1f out, not clear run and switched right inside final furlong, stayed on to 3rd final 50 yards, nearest finish, 3rd of 10, 2 1/4l behind Tight Fit (9-2) at Sandown 7f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jul.
Muftarres (IRE) 8-1 (9-0) Mid-division, headway when not clear run over 2f out, soon switched right, switched left to challenge over 1f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, ran on well, won at Yarmouth 7f hcp 0-75 (5) gf beating Jonnie Skull (9-8) by 2 1/4l, 8 ran.
Kakapuka 12-1 (9-1) Raced wide tracked leaders, ridden and every chance over 2f out, weakened final furlong, last of 7, 8l behind Gracious George (8-7) at Sandown 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Jonnie Skull (IRE) 9-1 (9-8) Led, hard pressed fom over 2f out, headed inside final fulrong, kept on under pressure, 2nd of 8, 2 1/4l behind Muftarres (9-0) at Yarmouth 7f hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Darnathean 5-1 (9-7) Prominent, pushed along 3f out, lost place over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 8, 8l behind Excuse To Linger (9-7) at Yarmouth 7f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Jul.