13:55 - DUKE OF FIRENZE (8) was very impressive when winning here in May, value for more like a two-length win over Brando and Thesme after being eased down during the final 50 yards. That form looks particularly strong, with Brando going on to win a Group 3 after finishing second in the Wokingham. Duke of Firenze is yet to match that performance in five subsequent starts this season, but did shape as if in good form last time when fifth in the Stewards' Cup at Goodwood, and he looks a solid option here now returning to this track. ROYAL BIRTH (17) is a better horse on the all-weather but has proven himself on turf as well this season, winning at Ascot on his penultimate start and then being poorly placed when running a good third there last time. He could still be capable of better on turf (8 lb higher rating on all-weather) and is also worth including.
14:30 - Courage Under Fire seemed to run his best race last time in the Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh when four lengths second of five to the superstar juvenile Caravaggio, though he did have the run of the race out in front. The nature of that race combined with the fact that he took such a large step forward on his previous achievements means that the bare form is worth treating with some caution. Instead, BEAR VALLEY (1) could be the one to be with after his impressive four-length nursery win at Goodwood last month. He remains open to further improvement given his profile (steadily progressive to that point) and will be hard to beat if taking another step forward.
15:05 - Though he has only one win to his name to date, IDAHO (4) has been consistently competitive at Group 1 level on his last two starts, making the places in both the Derby and the Irish equivalent, finishing behind Harzand on both occasions. This doesn't look the deepest of renewals of what is so often a key trial for the St Leger, with Idaho 10 lb clear of his nearest rival on weight-adjusted Timeform ratings coming into the race, and it is difficult to see him out of the places. Across The Stars is the obvious danger, but he must concede a 3 lb Group 2 penalty for his King Edward VII win last time.
15:40 - POSTPONED (9) sets the standard here, unbeaten in his last five starts - three of those at Group 1 level - and 3 lb clear of his nearest rival on weight-adjusted Timeform ratings. There are a couple of minor negatives to his chances, however. He missed his intended engagement in this season's King George due to a dirty scope, and all his recent form has been over a mile and a half, rather than a mile and a quarter. He should still be good enough to win, but it could be worth including an alternative for Placepot purposes, too. ALMODOVAR (1) travelled like the winner in the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot last time before not finding much inside the final furlong. The drop back in trip looks to be in his favour, and with a lightly raced and progressive profile, he may well be capable of better and could make the places here with another step forward.
16:20 - OCEANE (13) was undoubtedly eye-catching when finishing strongly for third in a staying handicap at Goodwood last time, coming from much further back than the other principals and ending up going very wide to avoid the traffic ahead of him. That was his first attempt at a trip beyond two miles on the Flat, and he remains unexposed over this trip and is very much of interest. HAVANA BEAT (3) was eye-catching in a different way at Goodwood, having been left with plenty to do under sympathetic handling in a handicap over a mile and three-quarters. Now handicapping off a BHA mark of 95 - some 13 lb lower than he contested last year's Ebor from when trained by Andrew Balding - he makes plenty of appeal dropping in class.
16:55 - There is plenty of pace drawn middle to high, which should give NAAFER (9) a nice tow into the race. Naafer was not served as well by the draw last time at Goodwood, drawn in stall 17 when four of the first six home were all drawn in the first six stalls, and she is worth another chance to build on her impressive maiden win here on her penultimate start, where she drew clear of the field with subsequent winner Fashion Queen. Richard Fahey won this race in 2012 and 2015 and it could be worth including the pick of his three runners this time around. THE WAGON WHEEL (19) will have learnt plenty from his debut win at Beverley last month, and also makes appeal for Placepot purposes.
Back BEAR VALLEY in the 14:30
13:55 - 8, 17
14:30 - 1
15:05 - 4
15:40 - 1, 9
16:20 - 3, 13
16:55 - 9, 19