There's no disputing Peter Niven's confidence behind Clever Cookie and having dead-heated in a Listed race on the Knavesmire, he cannot be ruled out despite returning to handicaps off a 19lb higher mark than that which he had earlier obliged off over the track and trip. Farraaj would have been a confident selection had he not been handed a draw of 22 so we prefer the claims of BOLD SNIPER. Sir Michael Stoute's gelding wasn't far away in the Wolferton Stakes at Royal Ascot and the form of that race appears particularly strong. Chancery is sure to have his supporters having scored here last month, while Tres Coronas (third) and Educate (tenth) attempt to improve upon last year's positions. Tarikhi ran respectably on his reappearance and having finished second in the 2013 Britannia Stakes, he can make his experience of racing in big handicaps count. Salutation would be interesting if getting into the race as he put up a career best when second in the Buckingham Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Educate 9-2 (9-5) Held up towards rear, effort and not clear run over 1f out, ridden and no impression final furlong, 4th of 6, 4 1/2l behind Windhoek (9-5) at Sandown 1m 2f Listed stks (1) gf.
Farraaj (IRE) 13-2 (9-8) Took keen hold, tracked clear leading pair, closed on bit 3f out, led going well approaching final 2f, ridden and stayed on strongly final furlong, won at Epsom Downs 1m 2f hcp (2) gd in Jun beating Air Pilot (8-3) by 2 1/2l, 12 ran.
Nabucco 11-4 (9-3) Tracked leader, stayed in centre in straight, every chance as groups merged approaching final 2f, ridden and stayed on into 3rd inside final furlong, kept on but not pace of leading duo, 3rd of 7, 2l behind French Navy (9-0) at Goodwood 1m 2f Listed stks (1) sft in May.
Clever Cookie 3-1fav (9-0) Held up towards rear, smooth headway near side over 1f out, chased leading pair approaching final furlong, went 2nd inside final furlong, edged left and strong challenge well inside final furlong, joined leader post, won at York 1m 6f Listed stks (1) gs in May deadheating with Ralston Road (9-0), 12 ran.
Saxo Jack (FR) 5-1 (9-4) Keen disputed lead until over 6f out, tracked leaders, weakened 2f out, last of 13, 41l behind Contributer (9-5) at Royal Ascot 1m 2f listed hcp 0-110 (1) gf in Jun.
Tres Coronas (IRE) 9-1 (9-10) Rearing as stalls opened and slowly away, always behind and never able to recover, 9th of 12, 13l behind Farraaj (9-8) at Epsom Downs 1m 2f hcp (2) gd in Jun.
Bold Sniper 2-1fav (9-1) Tracked leaders early, close up 7f out, ridden 2f out, effort inside final furlong, ran on, 2nd of 13, 1/2l behind Contributer (9-5) at Royal Ascot 1m 2f listed hcp 0-110 (1) gf in Jun.
Sennockian Star 20-1 (9-9) Tracked leader until ridden over 2f out, weakened entering final furlong, 10th of 15, 9l behind De Rigueur (9-4) at Haydock 1m 4f hcp (4yo+) (2) gs.
Two For Two (IRE) 5-2fav (9-6) Held up in rear, switched outside and headway inside final 2f, driven to lead entering final furlong, ran on well, won at Ayr 1m hcp 0-105 (2) gf in Jun beating Dubai Dynamo (8-12) by 2l, 8 ran.
Queensberry Rules (IRE) 7-1 (9-0) Held up in mid-division on rail, pushed along to get in behind leaders 2f out, soon not much room, weakened over 1f out, 20th of 28, 10l behind Field Of Dream (9-1) at Royal Ascot 1m hcp (2) gf in Jun.
Pacific Heights (IRE) 33-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, pushed along over 3f out, ridden over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 11th of 28, 5l behind Field Of Dream (9-1) at Royal Ascot 1m hcp (2) gf in Jun.
Tahira (GER) 5-1 (9-7) Towards rear, headway over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, never reached winner, 2nd of 12, 1 3/4l behind Running Deer (8-4) at Chester 1m 2f hcp 105 (2) gd in Jun.
Energia Davos (BRZ) 20-1 (9-5) Mid-division, headway over 1f out, never troubled leaders, 4th of 12, 5l behind Running Deer (8-4) at Chester 1m 2f hcp 105 (2) gd in Jun.
Chancery (USA) 16-1 (9-0) Held up in rear, headway over 3f out, soon chasing leaders, kept on well under pressure, 3rd of 8, 1 1/4l behind Sheikhzayedroad (9-0) at Newmarket 1m 4f Listed stks (1) gs in Jun.
Ingleby Angel (IRE) 33-1 (8-11) Ridden over 3f out, always towards rear and never a factor, 27th of 28, 17l behind Field Of Dream (9-1) at Royal Ascot 1m hcp (2) gf in Jun.
Starboard 100-1 (8-8) Held up in mid-division, some headway over 2f out, ridden inside final 2f, weakened over 1f out, 21st of 28, 10l behind Field Of Dream (9-1) at Royal Ascot 1m hcp (2) gf in Jun.
Red Avenger (USA) 20-1 (8-10) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, soon weakened, 18th of 28, 9l behind Field Of Dream (9-1) at Royal Ascot 1m hcp (2) gf in Jun.
Tarikhi (USA) 11-2 (9-7) Slowly into stride, mid-division, took keen hold, pushed along over 3f out, headway and edged left over 1f out, stayed on, not trouble leaders, 5th of 13, 2l behind Spirit Of The Law (8-9) at York 1m 1f hcp 105 (2) gd in Jun.
Macbeth (IRE) 33-1 (9-1) Held up towards rear, headway on wide outside chasing leaders 5f out, ridden and weakened 2f out, 14th of 18, 11l behind Arab Spring (9-10) at Royal Ascot 1m 4f hcp 105 (2) gf in Jun.
Zain Eagle 5-1 (9-7) Led, driven 2f out, ridden and headed entering final furlong, soon no impression with winner, edged left, lost place towards finish, 4th of 11, 3l behind Magic Hurricane (8-9) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in May.