SUN CENTRAL and Montaser go in search of black type and there isn't much between the pair on the book. The latter scored snugly over course and distance last time but Sun Central has given the distinct impression that this is his perfect distance. He was staying on strongly at the end of 2m at Haydock last time, scored over today's trip on his reappearance and had the requisite pace to land a competitive Ascot handicap over 1m4f last term. He just gets the nod over Montaser, although it is dangerous to overlook Songcraft. He was out of his depth behind the ill-fated Thomas Chippendale at Royal Ascot but previously impressed over course and distance and should appreciate this drop in grade and rise in distance.
Tenenbaum 5-1 (8-8) 8th of 10, 5l behind Cavalryman (9-0) at Meydan(UAE) 2m Grp 3 (1) gd in Mar.
Number Theory 50-1 (9-2) Took keen hold, held up towards rear, headway and pushed along 2f out, ridden and weakened inside final 2f, 9th of 14, 9l behind Estimate (8-11) at Royal Ascot 2m 4f Grp 1 (1) gf in Jun.
Songcraft (IRE) 20-1 (9-0) Steadied after start, took keen hold and held up in last pair, headway on outside went 3rd over 2f out, driven 2f out, weakening when not much room over 1f out, 6th of 8, 6l behind Thomas Chippendale (9-0) at Royal Ascot 1m 4f Grp 2 (1) gf in Jun.
Sir Graham Wade (IRE) 9-1 (9-10) Mid-division, pushed along over 3f out, not much room 2f out, never on terms, 10th of 17, 6l behind Star Lahib (8-8) at Haydock 1m 4f hcp (4yo+) (2) gf.
Guarantee 11-2 (9-0) Held up mid-division, ridden 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 7th of 8, 23l behind Glen's Diamond (9-0) at York 1m 6f Grp 2 (1) sft in May.
Montaser (IRE) 9-4fav (9-7) Steadied start, held up in rear, smooth headway on outside well over 1f out, led approaching final furlong, ran on well, won at York 1m 6f hcp 0-105 (2) gf in Jun beating Quixote (9-1) by 1l, 7 ran.
Sun Central (IRE) 4-1fav (9-8) Tracked leaders, chased leader over 2f out, kept on same pace, 2nd of 14, 1 1/2l behind De Rigueur (8-13) at Haydock 2m hcp 0-100 (2) gf in Jun.
Albamara 8-1 (9-4) Tracked leaders in 3rd, went 2nd over 3f out, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 10, 13l behind Mijhaar (9-10) at Hamilton 1m 4f listed hcp 0-110 (1) gs in May.