Speciality thrives on fast ground so connections wouldn't want any rain as she bids for her hat-trick. This might be too competitive for course specialist Jonnie Skull but Desert Ranger won over 7f here last month and is only a pound higher. PLEASURE BENT didn't really respond to the blinkers at Windsor in June but is a couple of pounds lower than when third on the Polytrack earlier and a repeat of that effort would put him in the firing-line here. Afkar often runs well here but his losing streak now stretches back two years.
Mezmaar 50-1 (9-11) In touch, ridden 2f out, not trouble leaders, 5th of 6, 7l behind Crystal Lake (9-6) at Windsor 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Pleasure Bent 4-1 (9-6) Took keen hold tracking leaders, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 10, 4 1/2l behind Unison (8-6) at Windsor 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Jun.
Specialty (IRE) 3-1 (9-6) Raced far side, overall leader until hung right and headed over 1f out, rallied inside final furlong, led near finish, won at Newmarket 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jul beating Athletic (9-6) by 1/2l, 10 ran.
Desert Ranger (IRE) 5-1 (9-6) Taken to post early, dwelt, close up in rear, ridden over 2f out, went 4th over 1f out, no impression final furlong, 4th of 6, 6l behind Mr McLaren (9-6) at Thirsk 7f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Jul.
Afkar (IRE) 20-1 (8-12) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 10, 9l behind Kakatosi (9-10) at Newmarket 7f hcp 0-85 (4) sft.
Sabre Rock 33-1 (9-6) Close up, pushed along over 2f out, ridden to chase winner over 1f out, weakened final furlong, last of 7, 17l behind Cathedral (9-0) at Kempton 1m 2f hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Mar.
Pactolus (IRE) 11-1 (8-10) Towards rear, ridden 2f out, stayed on to go 3rd inside final furlong, nearest finish, 3rd of 8, 5l behind Baltic Brave (9-1) at Newmarket 7f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jul.
Jonnie Skull (IRE) 9-4fav (9-9) Led narrowly, headed 4f out, in touch, lost place 2f out, soon behind, last of 6, 13l behind Rouge Nuage (9-10) at Yarmouth 1m app hcp (6) gf.