1. CALL TO MIND (WILLIAM HAGGAS/JAMES DOYLE)
Smart performer who was successful in 2017 in 1m maiden at Newbury and 1¾m listed race here. Good third in Yorkshire Cup at York (three and a quarter lengths behind Stradivarius) in May, and didn't need to improve to win Grade 2 Belmont Gold Cup in America last time by length from Canessar, leading over two furlongs out and staying on well. This will require more, but clearly going the right way and this unexposed four-year-old needs respecting as a result.
2. DAL HARRAILD (WILLIAM HAGGAS/PAUL HANAGAN)
Won minor event at Chelmsford (by 10 lengths from Curbyourenthusiasm) in March, and bounced back from disappointing effort at Meydan when creditable neck second to Dylan Mouth in Group 3 at York last time. More than capable on his day, for all that he's yet to win in pattern company. Won on sole visit to this track.
3. DESERT SKYLINE (DAVID ELSWORTH/SILVESTRE DE SOUSA)
Very smart performer who finished third in this race before winning Doncaster Cup (by one and a half lengths from Thomas Hobson) in 2017 and finished second in Yorkshire Cup (three lengths behind Stradivarius) in May, having to concede 3 lb. Proved to be a disappointment when well beaten by same rival in Gold Cup at Royal Ascot last time, though, always behind and looking awkward under pressure. Clearly better than that, and has each-way claims on pick of form.
4. IDAHO (AIDAN O'BRIEN/RYAN MOORE)
Very smart performer on his day, as he proved when winning Ormonde Stakes (13f) at Chester in May, though has proved disappointing on both starts since. Finished last of five in Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot last time (had won the race in 2017), putting up no fight whatsoever when the winner swept by. Often shaped as though worth a try at staying trips, and should be competitive if this different test revitalises him, but certainly has something to prove at present.
5. ST MICHEL (SIR MARK PRESCOTT/LUKE MORRIS)
Most progressive in 2015, winning four times, notably 2m handicaps at Newmarket and over this C&D. Only seen three times in 2017, best effort coming when half-length third to Montaly in Lonsdale Cup at York. Generally improved for fitting of headgear, but below form when 12 lengths eighth to Summershine in listed race at Hamburg on reappearance, held up and no impression in straight. Entitled to strip fitter for that, but career best needed to resume winning ways here.
6. STRADIVARIUS (JOHN GOSDEN/ANDREA ATZENI)
High-class performer who won handicap at Beverley, Queen's Vase at Royal Ascot and this race in 2017. Made winning return in Yorkshire Cup at York (by three lengths from Desert Skyline), and posted career-best effort when following up in Gold Cup at Royal Ascot last time, going with enthusiasm and proving game when beating Vazirabad by three quarters of a length. That effort even more meritorious considering he finished lame/lost shoe right hind. Most exciting prospect in the staying division and will likely prove hard to beat in his follow-up bid.
7. TORCEDOR (MRS JESSICA HARRINGTON/COLM 0'DONOGHUE)
Won minor event at Leopardstown and Vintage Crop Stakes at Navan in 2017, before also finishing runner-up to Order of St George in Irish St Leger at the Curragh and Long Distance Cup at Ascot. Showed improved form to win Sagaro Stakes at Ascot (by five lengths from Time To Study) in May, and recorded career-best effort when three-quarter length third to Stradivarius in Gold Cup at Royal Ascot last time. Normally runs his race and another bold bid expected.