MON BRAV is given the vote in this tricky opener ahead of Kingdom Of Light, Tom Folan and Mr Smithson. Declan Carroll's colt was a winner on his debut at Beverly and then far from disgraced at Epsom last time out when stepped up into Listed company. That form looks solid and now dropped back to five furlongs and on a more conventional track he looks worth siding with. Top weight Kingdom Of Light was last seen in the Norfolk Stakes where he was well-held behind Radiohead. A tongue-tie is tried today which may help and the market should help guide as to whether connections believe that a mark of 87 is workable. Final Ovation needs to improve for the drop in trip, but his second to Reignier reads well, as does Mr Smithson's second to Ceedwell at Carlisle in May and Louis-Phillipe Beuzelin looks an interesting booking for the horse who tries a visor for the first time. Italian Tom needs to run better than at Lingfield just the other day but connections are shrewd, a comment that also applies to Gertmegalush. Vilnius has had two decent opportunities of late but has been unable to take advantage; however the rain at Musselburgh last time was against her and she should appreciate this ground more if it stays dry. Chris Catlin looks a good booking for Six Wives who hasn't looked completely straight-forward, whilst Tom Folan is an interesting Namid filly who may not be badly treated on a mark of 75 for her first run in Nursery company. An open affair, but it is Mon Brav who is preferred.
Kingdom Of Light 20-1 (9-1) Chased leaders, hard ridden 2f out, soon weakened, 10th of 11, 17l behind Radiohead (9-1) at Royal Ascot 5f 2yo Grp 2 (1) gf in Jun.
Mon Brav 14-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, faded final furlong, 7th of 12, 7l behind Corporal Maddox (9-0) at Epsom Downs 6f 2yo lst stk (1) gd in Jun.
Final Ovation (IRE) 7-1 (8-11) Prominent, ridden halfway, weakened final furlong, 7th of 14, 14l behind Anjomarba (8-6) at York 6f 2yo sll (4) gs in Jun.
Tom Folan 12-1 (8-7) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 8, 4l behind Star Rover (9-7) at Chester 5f 2yo stks (2) gf in May.
Tillys Tale 9-4 (8-7) Tracked leader, ridden over 1f out, no extra entering final furlong, 3rd of 6, 6l behind Dancing Red Devil (8-3) at Chester 5f 2yo nov stk (4) gf in Jun.
Italian Tom (IRE) 3-1 (8-7) Dwelt, soon in touch on inside, pushed along halfway, driven and weakened over 1f out, 6th of 8, 5l behind Any Day (8-3) at Lingfield 5f 2yo hcp (5) pol.
Mr Smithson (IRE) 40-1 (8-11) Pushed along towards rear, never dangerous, 8th of 10, 8l behind Capercaillie (8-9) at Musselburgh 5f 2yo stks (2) gd in Jun.
Six Wives 12-1 (8-7) Soon pressing leader, hard driven over 1f out, soon upsides and every chance until no extra final 100 yards, 3rd of 8, 1l behind Any Day (8-3) at Lingfield 5f 2yo hcp (5) pol.
Gertmegalush (IRE) 10-1 (8-11) Chased leaders to halfway, 10th of 14, 32l behind Anjomarba (8-6) at York 6f 2yo sll (4) gs in Jun.
Goodbye Earl (IRE) 10-1 (8-10) Chased leaders, pushed along and hung right over 2f out, kept on, 3rd of 4, 3l behind Eternal Instinct (9-2) at Musselburgh 5f 2yo hcp (4) gs.
Vilnius 5-4fav (8-7) Led, ridden over 1f out, headed entering final furlong, kept on same pace, 2nd of 4, 2 1/4l behind Eternal Instinct (9-2) at Musselburgh 5f 2yo hcp (4) gs.