It's hard to get away from Peter Bowen's in-form dual purpose performer BIG TIME BILLY who has racked up six successive victories under both codes in recent months. There was no sign that his improvement was coming to a halt with a demolition job on his rivals at Newcastle last time and Silvestre de Sousa is a cracking booking. He's worth sticking with until beaten in his current mood from the foot of the weights. A good run from Montaser earlier on the card would augur well for the claims of Itlaaq, a regular contender in competitive staying handicaps at this venue. Blue Bajan has been far from disgraced on his last two outings in the Ascot Stakes and the Northumberland Plate suggesting that the fires are still burning pretty brightly. He has to concede weight all round but this is a more straightforward assignment for the likable veteran and he makes the shortlist.
Blue Bajan (IRE) 16-1 (9-3) Held up behind, headway on inside over 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, kept on same pace, no impression, 9th of 18, 5l behind Tominator (9-10) at Newcastle 2m hcp (2) gs in Jun.
Itlaaq 15-2 (9-3) Held up in close 5th on inside, headway far side over 2f out, switched left over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, not pace of winner, 3rd of 7, 1 1/4l behind Montaser (9-7) at York 1m 6f hcp 0-105 (2) gf in Jun.
Herostatus 10-1 (9-8) Held up in rear, headway on outside over 2f out, soon chasing leaders, led over 1f out, stayed on well, won at Pontefract 2m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Jun beating Nashville (8-6) by 3 1/2l, 8 ran.
All The Aces (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) Led at steady pace, quickened over 4f out, ridden and headed over 2f out, chased leaders and still every chance over 1f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 5th of 7, 2l behind Montaser (9-7) at York 1m 6f hcp 0-105 (2) gf in Jun.
Mawaqeet (USA) 25-1 (9-3) Towards rear, outpaced 4f out, ridden over 2f out, never dangerous, 15th of 19, 20l behind Well Sharp (9-10) at Royal Ascot 2m 4f hcp 0-95 (2) gd in Jun.
Mica Mika (IRE) 20-1 (8-11) Prominent, led over 2f out, soon headed, led again inside final furlong, headed towards finish, 4th of 17, 1/2l behind Warlu Way (9-7) at Carlisle 1m 3f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Jun.
Art History (IRE) 7-1 (9-10) Took keen hold, held up in last pair, headway over 2f out, ridden and edged left over 1f out, stayed on to 3rd close home, 3rd of 8, 6l behind Herostatus (9-8) at Pontefract 2m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Jun.
Dazinski 16-1 (8-12) In touch, pushed along over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 12th of 14, 21l behind De Rigueur (8-13) at Haydock 2m hcp 0-100 (2) gf in Jun.
Jonny Delta 3-1 (8-11) Settled well in rear, headway when not clear run over 1f out, stayed on strongly well inside final furlong, nearest finish, 3rd of 7, 2l behind Capellanus (8-5) at Musselburgh 2m hcp 0-100 (2) gf in Jun.
Wyborne 33-1 (9-7) Dwelt, held up in rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on to take 3rd place towards finish, 3rd of 13, 6l behind Big Time Billy (8-3) at Newcastle 2m hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Jun.
Gabrial's King (IRE) 5-4fav (9-4) Steadied start, took keen hold and held up in last pair, pushed along and outpaced 3f out, rallied on inside over 1f out, stayed on to 2nd inside final furlong, no chance with winner, 2nd of 6, 4l behind Kashgar (8-11) at Chester 2m hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Jun.
Choisan (IRE) 11-1 (9-7) Tracked winner, joined winner 3f out, ridden 2f out, one pace final furlong, 2nd of 8, 1 3/4l behind Tetbury (9-6) at Ripon 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jun.
Singzak 16-1 (8-10) Held up mid-division, ridden over 3f out, soon weakened, last of 13, 20l behind Big Time Billy (8-3) at Newcastle 2m hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Jun.
Big Time Billy (IRE) 4-5fav (8-3) Held up mid-division, headway 3f out, led over 2f out, ridden and clear over 1f out, stayed on well, won at Newcastle 2m hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Jun beating Brasingaman Eric (8-6) by 5l, 13 ran.
Eagle Rock (IRE) 3-1fav (9-0) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 8f out, every chance 2f out, one pace in 3rd over 1f out, dropped to 4th close home, 4th of 8, 7l behind Herostatus (9-8) at Pontefract 2m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Jun.