Like 12 months ago, Maydanny looks to have a good draw for a front-runner. He is 12lb higher than when making all here last year but has definitely improved since and has actually been dropped a pound since beaten under a length by the promising Magical Morning over a mile at Sandown – he can reverse earlier Newmarket running with Bell Rock on much better terms. Mark Johnston, who has trained the winner of this race six times, also saddles Dream With Me and Sky Defender and the latter is another who will be going forward from the gates. Migration was a real eye-catcher after a lay-off at Salisbury and is back over his best trip today but last year’s Cambridgeshire winner MAJESTIC DAWN also ran well on his reappearance at Windsor and may have the race run to suit. Harrovian disappointed at Epsom in April and is now tried in cheekpieces but Caradoc is only a pound higher than for his last success so goes on the shortlist.
Majestic Dawn (IRE) 18-5 (10-0) Led, ridden 2f out, headed over 1f out, kept on, 3rd of 9, 1 3/4l behind Vintager (9-5) at Windsor 1m hcp (2) gd in Jun.
Johnny Drama (IRE) 22-1 (8-13) Prominent, headway to chase leader over 3f out, ridden and almost upsides 2f out, led narrowly entering final furlong, held on, won at York 1m 2f hcp (2) gd in Jul beating Cockalorum (8-10) by hd, 20 ran.
Victory Chime (IRE) 40-1 (9-3) Held up in touch, ridden over 3f out, lost place over 2f out, one pace final furlong, 10th of 20, 5 1/2l behind Johnny Drama (8-13) at York 1m 2f hcp (2) gd in Jul.
Cockalorum (IRE) 40-1 (8-10) Led, ridden 3f out, headed narrowly entering final furlong, ran on strongly close home, just denied., 2nd of 20, hd behind Johnny Drama (8-13) at York 1m 2f hcp (2) gd in Jul.
Sky Defender 66-1 (9-3) Towards rear of midfield, switched right and ridden over 3f out, well beaten 2f out, eased final furlong, 16th of 20, 16 1/2l behind Johnny Drama (8-13) at York 1m 2f hcp (2) gd in Jul.
Lucander (IRE) 10-1 (9-0) Midfield, losing ground when ridden and switched right over 3f out, modest headway under pressure over 1f out, one pace final furlong, 11th of 20, 5 3/4l behind Johnny Drama (8-13) at York 1m 2f hcp (2) gd in Jul.
Caradoc (IRE) 7-2 (9-10) Steadied start, held up in rear, headway out wide over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, never going pace to challenge, lost 3rd final strides, 4th of 6, 1 3/4l behind Thibaan (9-6) at Haydock 1m hcp (3) gf in Jun.
Ouzo 6-1 (9-10) Chased leaders on inside, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 12, 5 1/2l behind Johan (10-0) at Salisbury 1m hcp (2) gs in Jun.
Migration (IRE) 4-1fav (9-8) Held up in rear on inside, ridden and headway when not clear run and switched right inside final 2f, switched left and ran on inside final furlong, going on close home, almost snatched 3rd, 4th of 12, 1 1/2l behind Johan (10-0) at Salisbury 1m hcp (2) gs in Jun.
Data Protection 11-2 (9-6) Led, headed 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 6, 14 1/4l behind Passion And Glory (10-0) at Ascot 1m 2f hcp (2) gs in Jul.
It's Good To Laugh (IRE) 50-1 (9-9) In touch, ridden and headway over 1f out, led towards finish, headed final strides, 2nd of 12, shd behind Snow Ocean (9-4) at Chester 1m 3f hcp (2) gs in Jul.
Bugle Major (USA) 150-1 (8-13) Raced near side, held up towards rear, some late headway, never involved, 12th of 30, 9 1/2l behind Real World (8-9) at Ascot 1m hcp (2) gf in Jun.
Dream With Me (IRE) 11-1 (9-6) Mid-division, closed over 6f out, switched left and pushed along over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 10th of 11, 12 1/2l behind Makram (9-6) at Sandown 1m 2f hcp (2) gs in Jul.
Plantadream 14-1 (8-5) Held up in rear, ridden over 2f out, never threatened, 10th of 13, 5 3/4l behind Magical Morning (9-0) at Sandown 1m hcp (2) gd in Jul.
Maydanny (IRE) 16-1 (9-1) Soon led, ridden and pressed 1f out, headed inside final furlong, no impression on winner towards finish, kept on, 2nd of 13, 3/4l behind Magical Morning (9-0) at Sandown 1m hcp (2) gd in Jul.
Breath Caught 22-1 (10-0) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened, 8th of 11, 9 1/2l behind Makram (9-6) at Sandown 1m 2f hcp (2) gs in Jul.
Harrovian 13-2 (9-4) Close up, pushed along 3f out, soon lost place, 7th of 10, 5 3/4l behind Victory Chime (9-1) at Epsom 1m 2f hcp (2) gd in Apr.
Bell Rock 50-1 (9-10) Chased leaders far side, weakened over 2f out, soon behind, tailed off, last of 30, 25 1/4l behind Real World (8-9) at Ascot 1m hcp (2) gf in Jun.