It could pay to stick with OFF ART in this. He's progressing at a rate of knots as a cosy win at Doncaster last month proved and a 5lb rise may not be enough to prevent Tim Easterby's colt landing a hat-trick. Hay Dude couldn't cope with the step up in grade last time having won at Haydock before that and Steelriver never figured in this company on his latest start. But Royal Prize has claims after going close at Newmarket a fortnight ago with Country Western just behind and he's preferred to Sublimation, a maiden winner at Ripon last time.
Hay Dude 8-1 (8-10) Held up in rear, headway over 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, never able to challenge, 4th of 10, 11l behind Remote (8-7) at Doncaster 1m 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gd.
Flyman 10-1 (8-13) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, not trouble leaders, 6th of 10, 7l behind You da One (8-4) at Goodwood 7f 3yo hcp (2) gs in May.
Luhaif 14-1 (9-7) Led, ridden and headed approaching 2f out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 6, 6l behind Henry The Aviator (8-2) at Haydock 1m 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gs.
Off Art 6-1 (9-7) Close up, led over 2f out, headed over 1f out, rallied to regain lead final furlong, kept on well, won at Doncaster 7f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gs in May beating Entwined (8-8) by 2 1/4l, 7 ran.
Country Western 10-1 (9-7) Took keen hold early, prominent, pushed along over 2f out, ridden and every chance inside final furlong, unable to quicken towards finish, 3rd of 9, 3/4l behind Monsieur Rieussec (8-10) at Newmarket 1m 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gf.
Steer By The Stars (IRE) 6-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, ridden and weakened over 2f out, 6th of 7, 11l behind Oddysey (9-3) at Thirsk 1m flls hcp 0-130 (3) gf.
Steelriver (IRE) 16-1 (8-6) Held up in rear, effort over 2f out, soon no impression, 5th of 10, 12l behind Remote (8-7) at Doncaster 1m 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gd.
Sublimation (IRE) 5-2 (9-5) Tracked leader, led over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on well, won at Ripon 1m 3yo mdn (5) gd beating Mutajally (9-5) by 2 1/4l, 11 ran.
Royal Prize 22-1 (9-0) Held up in rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, every chance and edged left inside final furlong, ran on, 2nd of 9, nk behind Monsieur Rieussec (8-10) at Newmarket 1m 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gf.
Party Royal 11-4 (9-4) Tracked leading pair, effort to press winner over 2f out, kept on one pace, 2nd of 5, 2l behind Springheel Jake (9-4) at Hamilton 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gf.