The ground may have dried out by post time but low to middle numbers are still likely to be suited which could rule out Ritual, though he was very disappointing at Ascot anyway. Ancient Cross, who loves it around here, is another with a high draw to contend with as is KANAF, though the latter, a very good winner at Ascot early last month, could grab a middle position and looks the potential winner after an unlucky run in the Steward's Cup. Strike Up The Band gained his first success in three years at Haydock and is only 2lb higher. He's well drawn and could prove a threat as could Irish Heartbeat, who would be a fancied if the going remains on the soft side. The three-year-old Face The Problem hasn't had much racing but is back on the mark that saw him land a Thirsk nursery last year and Silvestre De Sousa is an intriguing booking.
Rain Delayed (IRE) 22-1 (9-0) Steadied start, held up in rear, switched left to stand rail over 4f out, ridden and not on terms when hung left over 1f out, 8th of 11, 7l behind Masamah (9-0) at Goodwood 5f Grp 2 (1) gf in Jul.
Ancient Cross 33-1 (9-4) Raced far side, held up in touch, ridden inside final 2f, kept on under pressure inside final furlong, 8th of 27, 4 1/2l behind Hoof It (10-0) at Goodwood 6f hcp (2) gf in Jul.
Fitz Flyer (IRE) 10-1 (8-11) Led, ridden and headed 1f out, kept on same pace, 2nd of 6, 1 3/4l behind Tiddliwinks (8-11) at Nottingham 5f cond Stakes (3) gf.
Secret Asset (IRE) 25-1 (9-1) Held up towards rear far side, headway halfway, chased leaders 2f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 7th of 27, 4 1/2l behind Hoof It (10-0) at Goodwood 6f hcp (2) gf in Jul.
Falasteen (IRE) 6-1 (8-11) Dwelt, towards rear, headway in centre over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, never nearer, 9th of 16, 1 1/2l behind Captain Dunne (9-10) at Epsom Downs 5f hcp (2) gf in Jun.
Kanaf (IRE) 25-1 (8-12) Raced far side, held up in mid-division, headway over 1f out, ran on strongly inside final furlong, not much room amd eased close home, 5th of 27, 4l behind Hoof It (10-0) at Goodwood 6f hcp (2) gf in Jul.
Swiss Franc (9-1) 7th of 18, 2 3/4l behind Lisselan Diva (8-11) at Deauville(FR) 5f stk gd.
Johannes (IRE) 16-1 (8-9) Always towards rear far side, 13th of 19, 13l behind Pepper Lane (8-12) at Ripon 6f hcp (2) gs.
Ginger Ted (IRE) 9-1 (9-6) Held up, ridden over 2f out, headway over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, not able to reach leaders, 7th of 20, 2 1/2l behind Secret Witness (9-6) at Doncaster 5f hcp 0-95 (3) gd.
Silaah 20-1 (9-0) Held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, soon chasing leaders, not run on, 6th of 9, 4 1/2l behind Rock Jock (9-0) at Chester 6f Listed stks 3yo (1) gf in Jul.
Ritual (IRE) 4-1fav (8-6) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened, last of 19, 29l behind Noble Citizen (8-6) at Ascot 6f hcp (2) gd in Jul.
Favourite Girl (IRE) 25-1 (8-5) Prominent, led over 2f out, soon headed, led again over 1f out, edged left and headed entering final furlong, no extra towards finish, 7th of 20, 4l behind Hoof It (9-10) at York 6f hcp 105 (2) gd in Jul.
Medici Time 20-1 (8-8) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 16th of 20, 10l behind Hoof It (9-10) at York 6f hcp 105 (2) gd in Jul.
Racy 16-1 (9-8) Led group stands side, hung right from halfway, headed stands side group over 2f out, stayed on under pressure inside final furlong, not pace of leaders far side, 6th of 25, 6l behind Son Of The Cat (9-9) at Goodwood 6f hcp (2) gf in Jul.
Shropshire (IRE) 20-1 (8-13) Chased leader, led entering final 3f, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 10th of 14, 9l behind Casual Glimpse (9-3) at Goodwood 7f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gf in Jul.
Irish Heartbeat (IRE) 8-1 (8-4) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, hampered over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, not able to reach winner, 2nd of 18, 3/4l behind Grissom (8-4) at Doncaster 7f hcp 0-105 (2) gd.
Midnight Martini 12-1 (9-5) Chased leaders far side, ridden and every chance over 1f out, kept on and lost 2nd towards finish, 3rd of 16, 2 3/4l behind Pepper Lane (9-5) at Ripon 6f hcp 0-95 (3) gd.
Face The Problem (IRE) 12-1 (8-10) Hampered start, behind, headway in centre over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, going on close home, 4th of 12, 1 3/4l behind Joe Packet (9-7) at Windsor 6f hcp 0-95 (3) gs.
Mon Brav 10-1 (8-4) Raced in group of 4 towards far side, ridden halfway, soon struggling, 18th of 19, 24l behind Noble Citizen (8-6) at Ascot 6f hcp (2) gd in Jul.
Strike Up The Band 10-1 (9-12) Made all, ridden inside final furlong, kept on gamely, won at Haydock 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gd beating Rothesay Chancer (8-10) by nk, 10 ran.