ALTHAROOS drops down in class after a pipe-opener at Sandown. The course and distance winner could have been better drawn but Dane O'Neill rides this track as well as anybody and Sir Michael Stoute's charge can enhance his yard's outstanding strike rate at this venue. Course specialist Shadowtime looks in the handicapper's grip at present but there's no shortage of other contenders with the still-improving Ready arriving on the back of a win at Haydock and Blue Maisey fresh from a recent success at Redcar. Rex Romanorum went close in a lower grade race over track and tip last time, as did Muftarres, while Decent Fella makes a quick reappearance after finishing third at Brighton on Tuesday.
Shadowtime 6-1 (9-6) Held up in rear, headway over 3f out, one pace from over 1f out, 4th of 7, 5l behind Copperwood (8-11) at Beverley 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Jun.
Copperwood 22-1 (9-7) Led early, prominent, ridden 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 4th of 15, 2 1/4l behind Lord Of The Dance (9-6) at Carlisle 1m hcp (4) gd in Jun.
Polish World (USA) 25-1 (8-13) Led and raced wide, headed over 2f out, soon ridden, weakened final furlong, 4th of 9, 6l behind Nameitwhatyoulike (8-11) at Catterick 7f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Oct.
Ready (IRE) 15-2 (8-13) Slowly into stride in touch in rear, headway on outer from over 1f out, edged left and led inside final furlong, ran on, won at Haydock 1m 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Jun beating Polar Chief (9-6) by ns, 7 ran.
Altharoos (IRE) 9-4 (8-11) Bumped soon after start, keen in touch, pushed along 3f out, headway over 1f out, soon not clear run, ridden and ran on towards finish, not reach leaders, 4th of 9, 3 1/2l behind Ashaadd (9-7) at Sandown 7f 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gf in Jun.
Decent Fella (IRE) 11-10fav (9-8) Held up in rear, took keen hold, headway over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 6, 1l behind Aqua Ardens (9-4) at Brighton 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gd.
Muftarres (IRE) 9-2 (9-5) Towards rear, headway over 1f out, ridden and stayed on towards finish, just failed, 2nd of 12, ns behind Talent Scout (9-0) at Beverley 7f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jun.
Kuwait Star 7-1 (9-3) Awkwardly away and slow into stride, always in rear, 12th of 15, 9l behind West Leake Hare (9-2) at Catterick 7f hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Clubland (IRE) 16-1 (8-13) Chased leaders, ridden and every chance over 1f out, soon carried left, kept on well, 3rd of 12, 1/2l behind Meandmyshadow (9-9) at Thirsk 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jun.
Mujaadel (USA) 14-1 (10-0) Held up in rear, never dangerous, 10th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Just Paul (8-7) at Thirsk 7f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jun.
Blue Maisey 13-2 (9-3) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, led over 1f out, soon challenged, edged right inside final furlong, all out, won at Redcar 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jun beating Darkside (8-7) by shd, 13 ran.
Rex Romanorum (IRE) 7-1 (9-10) Led, ridden and pressed over 1f out, kept on and headed close home, 2nd of 14, shd behind Ted's Brother (9-9) at Beverley 7f hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Jun.
Rich Forever (IRE) 33-1 (9-0) Towards rear, ridden over 2f out, soon outpaced, 8th of 11, 14l behind Consign (9-0) at Newmarket 1m 3yo stk 0-75 (5) gf in Jun.
Adiator 15-8fav (9-7) Always prominent, every chance inside final furlong, no extra close home, 2nd of 7, 1/2l behind Gold Beau (9-5) at Redcar 6f mdn auc stks (5) gf in Jun.