Pallasator finished just behind De Rigueur on his reappearance but won nicely at Ascot last time and looks the one to beat. Former stablemate Mutual Regard ran well for third in a Listed event at Leopardstown last month for new trainer Johnny Murtagh while Clever Cookie dead-heated for first over track and trip in May. The latter subsequently found 1m2f too short in the John Smith's Cup when Bold Sniper finished third. Retirement Plan and Mighty Yar represent last year's winning yard, though both have something to find with Pallasator, while course winner Wadi Al Hattawi has plenty of scope and Van Percy beat Havana Cooler at Goodwood last time. Luca Cumani will be disappointed the latter missed the cut for this but still has an outside chance with the lightly-raced SIR WALTER SCOTT. The former Ballydoyle inmate will have come on for last month's reappearance in Listed company and this longer trip should see the Galileo colt in a much better light.
Whiplash Willie 16-1 (9-2) Towards rear, ridden when headway over 1f out, stayed on to go 3rd inside final furlong, nearest finish, 3rd of 11, 5l behind Brown Panther (9-4) at Sandown 2m Grp 3 (1) sft in May.
Pallasator 3-1 (10-0) In touch, pushed along over 3f out, not clear run over 2f out, switched left and headway over 1f out, soon hard ridden, edged right under pressure when led inside final furlong, ran on well, won at Ascot 1m 4f hcp 105 (2) gf in Jul beating Double Bluff (8-10) by 2l, 7 ran.
Clever Cookie 11-2 (9-7) Held up in rear, ridden over 2f out, stayed on from over 1f out, never nearer, 9th of 16, 7l behind Farraaj (9-11) at York 1m 2f hcp (2) gf in Jul.
Gabrial (IRE) 33-1 (9-0) 11th of 15, 6l behind Variety Club (9-0) at Meydan(UAE) 1m Group 2 sks (1) in Mar.
Mutual Regard (IRE) 9-1 (9-9) Mid-division, 3rd after 4f, 4th 4f out, travelled well in 3rd approaching straight, soon ridden, not reach leaders, 3rd of 7, 4l behind Pale Mimosa (9-4) at Leopardstown 1m 6f Listed stks (1) gf in Jul.
Bold Sniper 4-1fav (9-2) Tracked leaders, pushed along 3f out, driven 2f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 16, 3 1/2l behind Farraaj (9-11) at York 1m 2f hcp (2) gf in Jul.
Repeater 12-1 (9-9) Held up in rear, hampered after 4f, driven and no headway from over 2f out, never dangerous, 11th of 14, 14l behind Van Percy (9-2) at Goodwood 1m 6f hcp (2) gf in Jul.
Suegioo (FR) 12-1 (9-4) In touch, driven over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, stayed on to take 2nd inside final furlong, not reach winner, 2nd of 19, 3 1/2l behind Angel Gabrial (8-12) at Newcastle 2m hcp (2) gf in Jun.
De Rigueur 9-1 (9-4) Slowly away in rear, good headway over 1f out, effort to lead when carried left inside final furlong, ran on, won at Haydock 1m 4f hcp (4yo+) (2) gs in Jul beating Pallasator (9-8) by nk, 15 ran.
Nearly Caught (IRE) 8-1 (9-8) Held up mid-division, driven 3f out, ridden and headway over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, went 2nd near finish, not reach winner, 2nd of 11, 2l behind Noble Silk (8-13) at Haydock 2m hcp 0-100 (2) gd in May.
Sir Walter Scott (IRE) 12-1 (9-4) Steadied start, held up last, stayed on final furlong, never going pace to get into contention, 6th of 10, 6l behind Amralah (9-4) at Newbury 1m 2f Listed stks (1) gd in Jul.
Aussie Reigns (IRE) 20-1 (9-1) Held up in 5th, pushed along over 3f out, headway on inside over 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, went 4th inside final 100 yards, not quite going pace to challenge, 4th of 7, 2 1/2l behind Pether's Moon (9-1) at Goodwood 1m 4f Grp 3 (1) gf.
Great Hall 11-1 (9-9) Held up in touch, ridden and headway 2f out, every chance inside final furlong, held close home, 3rd of 8, 1l behind Continuum (9-6) at York 1m 6f listed hcp 0-110 (1) gf in Jul.
Dare To Achieve 9-2 (9-7) Held up towards rear, headway on outside over 2f out, ridden 2f out, soon edged left, never reached leaders and no impression over 1f out, 7th of 15, 12l behind Miss Marjurie (8-4) at Epsom Downs 1m 4f hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Jun.
Elidor 4-1 (10-0) Steadied start, held up in last pair, headway 2f out, modest 3rd over 1f out, dropped to 4th near finish, 4th of 10, 13l behind Maid In Rio (8-5) at Ascot 2m hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Jul.
Wadi Al Hattawi (IRE) 12-1 (9-5) Held up in mid-division, pushed along 4f out, effort and switching right when hampered 2f out, switched left over 1f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 7th of 18, 6l behind Arab Spring (9-10) at Royal Ascot 1m 4f hcp 105 (2) gf in Jun.
Van Percy 8-1 (9-2) Mid-division, headway over 3f out, ridden and effort on outside over 1f out, stayed on to lead narrowly inside final furlong, just held on, won at Goodwood 1m 6f hcp (2) gf in Jul beating Havana Cooler (9-5) by nk, 14 ran.
Retirement Plan 7-1 (9-8) Led 2f, tracked leader, ridden over 1f out, kept on to lead last 75 yards, won at Ascot 2m hcp 0-100 (2) gd beating Buckland (8-12) by 1 1/4l, 10 ran.
Ted Veale (IRE) 9-2fav (8-13) Awkwardly away, behind, headway over 2f out, soon outpaced, ridden and stayed on to take 4th well inside final furlong, never reached leaders, 4th of 14, 2 1/2l behind Tiger Cliff (9-0) at York 1m 6f hcp (2) sft in Aug '13.
Mighty Yar (IRE) 5-2fav (9-10) Stumbled start, in touch in 4th, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on to take 2nd towards finish, just held, 2nd of 10, 1/2l behind Kings Fete (8-8) at York 1m 4f hcp 0-100 (2) gf in Jul.