In the absence of Glass Harmonium, Sir Michael Stoute now has to rely on fellow Royal Ascot scorer Perfect Stride in the Strensall, but South African star RUSSIAN SAGE is preferred. The Stoute camp will be confident that they have the edge over Spring Of Fame, who was put firmly in his place by Glass Harmonium at the Royal Meeting. The latter has to be a doubtful stayer if this is a truly run contest, but there are no such concerns over the selection. Perfect Class took the Wolferton Handicap and is another who is a worthy contestant in this sphere. There is little to pick holes in given that the Ascot run was his first at beyond a mile and as one who is unexposed he cannot be ruled out with confidence. Ryan Moore rode him that day but chose to snub him for this until his stablemate¿s defection, so confidence is clearly not as high where he is concerned. Russian Sage has been superb in his home land and trainer Mike De Kock has an enviable record when raiding these shores. On that basis alone the five-year-old is respected, and although there are perhaps some doubts over the ground he has got plenty of top drawer form in the context of this race and should be up to the task. Forgotten Voice is interesting now stepped up beyond a mile after being thrashed in the Sussex Stakes. He acts on this going and improvement would be no surprise. Lord Admiral switches from blinkers to a visor now and is well worth his place in the line-up, though Palavicini has plenty to find and Russian Sage looks the wise choice.
Dream Lodge (IRE) 16-1 (9-11) Held up, under pressure halfway, soon tracking leaders, never on terms, 4th of 17, 1 1/2l behind Royal Destination (9-2) at York 1m 2f hcp 105 (2) gf.
Forgotten Voice (IRE) 16-1 (9-7) Held up last, kept on inside final furlong, no chance, 4th of 8, 8l behind Rip Van Winkle (8-13) at Goodwood 1m Grp 1 stks (1) gd in Jul.
Lord Admiral (USA) 28-1 (9-7) Held up towards rear, headway to 5th over 1f out, kept on well final furlong to challenge inside final 50 yards, just held, 2nd of 8, shd behind She's Our Mark (9-4) at Leopardstown 1m 2f Grp 3 sft in Jul.
Perfect Stride 8-1 (9-5) Tracked leader for 2f, stayed prominent, went 2nd just inside final 3f, soon challenging, strong challenge throughout final furlong, driven ahead well inside final furlong, won at Royal Ascot 1m 2f Listed hcp (1) gf in Jun beating Moonquake (9-0) by nk, 15 ran.
Russian Sage (SAF) 16-1 (9-0) Mid-division on rail; every chance behind leaders 400m out; weakened final 200m, 11th of 15, 14l behind Eastern Anthem (9-0) at Nad Al Sheba(UAE) 1m 4f Grp 1 (1) gd in Mar.
Glass Harmonium (IRE) 8-1 (9-2) Held up towards rear, switched left to outside and good headway over 2f out, soon challenging, edging right, led over 1f out, kept narrow advantage and holding on when edged left into rival near finish, won at Royal Ascot 1m 2f 3yo lst stk (1) gf in Jun beating Cashelgar (9-5) by 1/2l, 12 ran.
Palavicini (USA) 16-1 (9-7) Switched left start, held up in rear, hampered on rail over 5f out, pushed along 3f out, never a factor, 8th of 12, 15l behind Glass Harmonium (9-2) at Royal Ascot 1m 2f 3yo lst stk (1) gf in Jun.
Spring of Fame (USA) (0-4) won at Deauville(FR) 1m stk gd beating Mantoro (8-11) by 3l, 8 ran.