Always a competitive contest with many chances including a pair of useful three-year-olds. However, Shabaaby has yet to tackle this trip whereas ARBALET (NAP) performed commendably at Royal Ascot when fifth in the Jersey Stakes and this appears his ideal trip. He's well drawn to gain a good early position and may have too much class for this field. Kimberella, a tough as nails sprinter, could find 7f too taxing at this level and Oh This Is Us rates the main danger. The Hannon inmate is a solid, reliable performer in this class and looks best of the older brigade. Lake Volta, drawn perfectly for Franny Norton to exhibit his expertise around here, also makes the shortlist.
Chessman (IRE) 14-1 (9-7) In touch in rear, effort 2f out, weakened final furlong, last of 5, 15l behind Sovereign Debt (9-7) at York 1m lst stks (1) gf in Jun.
Kimberella 6-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, driven and outpaced over 2f out, soon ridden and lost place, weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 10, 10 1/4l behind Above The Rest (9-3) at Newcastle 6f Grp 3 stks (1) pol in Jun.
Oh This Is Us (IRE) Evensfav (9-6) Tracked leading pair, ridden and unable to quicken over 1f out, rallied in 2nd inside final furlong and kept on, always held, 2nd of 4, 1l behind Zhui Feng (9-6) at Windsor 1m lst stks (1) gf in Jun.
Tommy Taylor (USA) 50-1 (9-6) Raced centre to far side, chased leaders, pushed along over 2f out, ridden hung right and weakened over 1f out, 21st of 28, 8l behind Bacchus (9-6) at Ascot 6f hcp stks (2) gf in Jun.
Lake Volta (IRE) 7-1 (8-10) Led until over 1f out, soon weakened, 5th of 7, 7l behind Sir Dancealot (9-5) at Newmarket 7f Grp 3 stks (1) gf in Jun.
Make Music 7-2 (9-13) Made all, edged right over 1f out, ridden and ran on, won at Haydock 7f hcp fll (2) gf in Jul beating Excellent Times (9-2) by 3/4l, 4 ran.
Promising (IRE) 9-4fav (9-12) Took keen hold, prominent, led over 5f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 5th of 7, 13 1/4l behind Homeopathic (9-0) at Newmarket 7f hcp fll (3) gf in Jun.
Simply Me 40-1 (9-0) Mid-division on inside, pushed along 3f out, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 11th of 12, 6l behind Muffri'Ha (9-3) at Lingfield 1m lst fll stks (1) pol in Nov.
Shabaaby 11-8fav (8-12) Tracked leaders, not clear run briefly inside final 2f, ridden and unable to quicken over 1f out, kept on towards finish, no chance with winner, 4th of 5, 3 1/4l behind Cardsharp (8-12) at Salisbury 6f lst stks (1) gf in Jun.
Arbalet (IRE) 100-1 (9-1) Behind in centre, headway chasing leaders 2f out, ridden and stayed on inside final furlong, not reach leaders, 5th of 21, 6l behind Expert Eye (9-1) at Ascot 7f Grp 3 stks (1) gf in Jun.