In the finale, Edge Closer is selected ahead of Baltimore Jack and Lord Theo. A six-pounds rise in the ratings for his course and distance success last time may understate the ability of Edge Closer as he idled when hitting the front on that occasion. The bigger field today might help his jockey in a bid to produce him late and he gets our vote in this contest. Lord Theo continues to run consistently and is respected, while Golden Desert would have finished a lot closer at Kempton last time with a clear run so a two-pounds drop in the ratings can only help the cause. The drop in trip might yet bring improvement for Count Ceprano, and Sparkling Eyes and Fabuleux Millie are reasonably-enough weighted, we feel, to be given some sort of thought today. Baltimore Jack has a good win-to-run ratio and a four-pounds rise for his Ayr win should not stop him from running well. Finally, Special Day is entitled to be improving after just three promising efforts but, for the selection, we will stick with Edge Closer.
Baltimore Jack (IRE) 2-1fav (9-7) With leader, ridden over 2f out, stayed on to lead near finish, won at Ayr 6f 3yo hcp (4) gd in Jun beating Aye Aye Definitely (8-12) by 1/2l, 7 ran.
Captain Jacksparra (IRE) 33-1 (8-9) Went left start, raced keenly in touch, ridden 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 14th of 17, 14l behind Tybalt (9-1) at Newmarket 1m 3yo hcp (2) gf.
Special Day 2-1fav (9-2) Held up, ridden and headway over 1f out, edged left and led inside final furlong, soon headed, no extra towards finish, 2nd of 10, nk behind Kyle (8-13) at Haydock 6f 3yo hcp (4) gf in May.
Edge Closer 5-4fav (9-5) Made all, readily, won at Ascot 6f 3yo hcp (4) gf beating Silca Elegance (9-0) by 1 1/2l, 6 ran.
Abunai 15-2 (8-9) Towards rear stands side group, stayed on to lead stands side group final furlong, no impression on far side, 5th of 9, 13l behind Baby Strange (9-0) at York 6f 2yo lst stk (1) sft in Oct.
Bateleur 14-1 (9-5) In rear, late headway over 1f out, never nearer, 7th of 12, 6l behind King's Apostle (9-1) at Kempton 6f 3yo hcp (4) pol.
Lord Theo 9-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, ridden well over 1f out, one pace, 4th of 8, 3l behind King's Apostle (9-2) at Ripon 6f 3yo hcp (4) gf in Jun.
Golden Desert (IRE) 12-1 (9-4) Mid-division, short of room when hampered 2f out, headway 1f out, ran on final furlong, not reach leaders, 5th of 12, 4 1/2l behind King's Apostle (9-1) at Kempton 6f 3yo hcp (4) pol.
Count Ceprano (IRE) 9-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders, close up and ridden 2f out, weakened final furlong, 9th of 11, 5l behind Hunting Tower (9-5) at Salisbury 1m 3yo hcp (4) gf.
Sparkling Eyes 40-1 (8-8) Held up in rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on one pace, 5th of 11, 4l behind Bee Eater (8-10) at Newmarket 6f fll hcp (3) gd.
Fabuleux Millie (IRE) 10-1 (9-4) Tracked leaders and keen, ridden approaching 2f out, kept on to chase winner well inside final furlong, 2nd of 8, 2 1/2l behind Mac Gille Eoin (9-9) at Kempton 6f 3yo hcp (4) pol in Jun.
Farefield Lodge (IRE) 13-2 (9-3) Chased leaders, ridden 2f out, soon weakened, 5th of 6, 12l behind Kelamon (8-3) at Windsor 6f 3yo hcp (4) sft in Jun.
Teen Ager (FR) 14-1 (8-9) Pulled hard, led over 3f out, soon wandered under pressure and weakened, 7th of 10, 6l behind Docofthebay (8-12) at Ascot 7f 3yo hcp (3) gf.
Kelamon 7-2 (9-1) Pulled hard, tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 4th of 6, 7l behind Bee Eater (9-3) at Warwick 6f 3yo hcp (4) sft.