Hawkmeister gets first-time blinkers having disappointed at Lingfield last time. He's sure to be well supported given his connections but LEAR'S ROCK may prove better value. The latter caught the eye making up lots of ground late on at Sandown on his debut and improvement is expected from Ralph Beckett's charge today. Diamond Runner and Playboy Bay finished behind the selection at Sandown and the latter was tailed off at Newcastle subsequently.
Arthur's Way (IRE) 50-1 (9-1) Towards rear, ridden halfway, soon outpaced, kept on inside final furlong, 6th of 9, 11l behind Gregoria (8-13) at Doncaster 7f 2yo mdn aut (4) gf.
Pat Mustard Royal Applause gelding out of Umniya.
Hawkmeister (IRE) 6-4fav (9-1) Tracked leaders, ridden 3f out, came wide and outpaced entering straight, stayed on inside final furlong, 3rd of 12, 5l behind Thecornishassassin (9-0) at Lingfield 7f 2yo mdn auc stks (5) pol in Jul.
Percy Veer 50-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, held up in rear, soon outpaced, headway over 1f out, never nearer, 7th of 10, 15l behind Marcano (9-5) at Salisbury 7f 2yo mdn (4) gf in Jun.
Diamond Runner (IRE) 33-1 (8-8) Slowly into stride, held up in rear, never dangerous, 8th of 11, 14l behind Taper Tantrum (9-1) at Sandown 7f 2yo mdn aut (5) gf in Jul.
Lear's Rock (IRE) 16-1 (8-13) Slowly into stride, mid-division, headway when not clear run over 1f out, stayed on well, never able to challenge, 4th of 11, 3 1/2l behind Taper Tantrum (9-1) at Sandown 7f 2yo mdn aut (5) gf in Jul.
Playboy Bay 16-1 (8-11) Always towards rear, last of 10, 35l behind Gaudy (8-9) at Newcastle 7f 2yo mdn aut (4) gf in Jul.
New Abbey Dancer (IRE) 66-1 (8-8) Mid-division, pushed along over 2f out, soon weakened, 6th of 9, 10l behind Ragtime Dancer (8-10) at Lingfield 7f 2yo mdn auc stks (6) pol in Jul.