Dartford is the only three-year-old on show but is probably only in this to ensure a decent pace for stablemate Masked Marvel. The latter has struggled since winning last year's St Leger beating today's rival Brown Panther by three lengths though Tom Dascombe's charge reversed running when finishing a respectable seventh to Danedream in the King George at Ascot last time. He has solid claims on that form but MOUNT ATHOS is just preferred. He gave the impression he was ready to take on this sort of company when storming clear of the field carrying top weight in a Listed handicap at York last month and Luca Cumani's charge gets the nod. Harris Tweed has a penalty for winning the John Porter here back in April but should run his usual game race ahead of the disappointing Modun and the raider from Qatar, Arrigo, who has a bit to find on his past form in Germany.
Arrigo (GER) (9-0) 3rd of 16, 3/4l behind Ladyanne (8-9) at Dohar(QA) 1m 2f 3yo stk gd in Dec.
Brown Panther 20-1 (9-7) Took keen hold, tracked leading pair, went 2nd over 3f out, led over 2f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 10, 4l behind Danedream (9-4) at Ascot 1m 4f Grp 1 (1) gs in Jul.
Masked Marvel 25-1 (9-7) Held up in 7th, switched left and bumped 2f out, no progress, weakened and eased over 1f out, 9th of 10, 15l behind Danedream (9-4) at Ascot 1m 4f Grp 1 (1) gs in Jul.
Modun (IRE) 7-1 (9-2) Steadied start, held up in rear, ridden and struggling over 3f out, never on terms, 6th of 7, 17l behind Fiorente (9-2) at Newmarket 1m 4f Grp 2 (1) sft in Jul.
Mount Athos (IRE) 5-1 (10-0) Mid-division, headway when not clear run over 3f out to over 2f out, stayed on to lead over 1f out, well in command when edged right inside final furlong, eased towards finish, won at York 1m 6f listed hcp 0-110 (1) gd in Jul beating High Jinx (9-6) by 4l, 12 ran.
Dartford (USA) 9-2fav (9-6) Tracked leaders, effort over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace, no impression inside final furlong, 7th of 11, 2 3/4l behind Arch Villain (9-0) at Kempton 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in May.
Harris Tweed 2-1fav (9-2) Led at good pace, clear 4f out until 3f out, ridden and headed entering final 2f, weakened over 1f out, 4th of 7, 11l behind Fiorente (9-2) at Newmarket 1m 4f Grp 2 (1) sft in Jul.