Crackentorp loves it around here and, though he's never won over the trip, he produced an outstanding effort when runner-up in the Northumberland Plate. Mount Athos won the Melrose Handicap over the C&D in 2010 and returned to action after a long break to land a Class 2 handicap at Newmarket on his first start for Luca Cumani. The one problem for him is the going as he's only won on fast ground or Polytrack and he was behind Never Can Tell in last year's Cesarewitch. The latter is another who has shown his best form on much quicker ground than he'll face here and he was well beaten on testing ground in the Chester Cup. This hasn't been a good race for three-year-olds in recent years but Suraj comes here with a fine chance as this very promising stayer has been a wide-margin winner on both starts when facing soft ground. Motivado hated the heavy going in the Northumberland Plate and is better than that but this can go to HIGH JINX, who was having only his sixth start when beating Anatolian in a tough Newmarket handicap and though stepping up in trip looks certain to be suited.
Mount Athos (IRE) 9-2fav (9-10) Held up, headway over 2f out, led over 1f out, ridden and ran on, won at Newmarket 1m 6f hcp 0-105 (2) gf in May beating Harlestone Times (9-5) by 2 1/4l, 12 ran.
Barbican 4-1 (9-3) Held up towards rear, headway over 1f out, never on terms, 3rd of 7, 5l behind Polygon (8-9) at Newmarket 1m 4f Listed Stakes (4yo+) (1) gf in Jun.
Crackentorp 16-1 (9-0) Chased leader, ridden and every chance over 1f out, kept on to take 2nd towards finish, 2nd of 16, 1/2l behind Ile De Re (9-3) at Newcastle 2m hcp (2) hvy in Jun.
Blue Bajan (IRE) 16-1 (9-2) Close up, ridden 3f out, weakened 2f out, 9th of 10, 34l behind Opinion Poll (9-4) at Sandown 2m Grp 3 (1) gf in May.
High Jinx (IRE) 7-2fav (9-0) won at Newmarket 1m 4f hcp 0-105 (2) gs in Jun beating Anatolian (9-4) by nk, 15 ran.
Never Can Tell (IRE) 11-1 (9-0) Chased leader until over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, eased when no chance over 1f out, tailed off, 8th of 16, well behind Ile De Re (8-11) at Chester 2m 3f hcp (4yo+) (2) sft in May.
Motivado 5-1 (8-12) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 13th of 16, well behind Ile De Re (9-3) at Newcastle 2m hcp (2) hvy in Jun.
Hurricane Higgins (IRE) 33-1 (8-10) Mid-division, under pressure over 2f out, soon beaten, 8th of 15, 6l behind Number Theory (8-6) at Haydock 1m 4f hcp (4yo+) (2) sft.
Kiama Bay (IRE) 16-1 (8-9) In touch, effort over 2f out, soon no impression, 7th of 15, 4l behind Number Theory (8-6) at Haydock 1m 4f hcp (4yo+) (2) sft.
Lyric Street (IRE) 12-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, ridden 3f out, weakened inside final furlong, 9th of 15, 4 1/2l behind Easy Terms (8-10) at York 1m 4f hcp 0-105 (2) gd in May.
Tepmokea (IRE) 33-1 (8-4) Soon led, headed over 1f out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 15, 1 1/2l behind Number Theory (8-6) at Haydock 1m 4f hcp (4yo+) (2) sft.
Bolivia (GER) 9-2 (9-6) Tracked leader, led entering final 2f, pushed clear final furlong, easily, won at Sandown 1m 6f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Jun beating Mohanad (9-0) by 7l, 7 ran.
Stormy Weather (FR) 10-1 (8-6) Chased leaders, lost place 4f out, soon tailed off, 22nd of 23, well behind Charm School (8-12) at Doncaster 1m 4f hcp (2) sft in Nov '09.
Western Pearl 10-1 (9-5) Keen tracked leaders, chased leader 3f out, ridden and every chance over 1f out, kept on one pace, 5th of 20, 8l behind Simenon (9-10) at Royal Ascot 2m 4f hcp 0-95 (2) gd in Jun.
Twin Soul (IRE) 33-1 (9-0) Close up, ridden over 3f out, weakened final furlong, 12th of 20, 12l behind Simenon (9-10) at Royal Ascot 2m 4f hcp 0-95 (2) gd in Jun.
Suraj 15-8fav (9-7) Held up in rear, headway on outer over 2f out, led well over 1f out, soon clear, ran on strongly, eased towards finish, won at Doncaster 1m 7f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Jun beating Beyond Conceit (9-6) by 6l, 6 ran.