A small field but none are easily dismissed. Branson's earlier third at Windsor looks a similar level of form to Poor Duke's recent second at Yarmouth, though the former disappointed on his latest start. Mirsaale made a promising debut at Newmarket behind subsequent Vintage Stakes fifth Ghurair and is the one to beat on that running but a chance is taken on newcomer HOUSE OF ORANGE. He's a half-brother to four winners including the smart Vista Bella and, despite the long journey down to the south coast, the Johnston yard has an excellent strike rate at this track with it's two-year-old runners.
Branson (IRE) 11-4 (8-13) Chased leaders, went 3rd over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, no extra, 3rd of 10, 9l behind Capo Rosso (8-11) at Wolverhampton 6f 2yo mdn auc stks (5) pol in Jul.
House of Orange (IRE) Kheleyf colt out of Cox Orange.
Mirsaale 50-1 (9-3) Mid-division on rails, pushed along and headway halfway, chased leaders 2f out, ridden over 1f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 5th of 18, 5l behind Ghurair (9-3) at Newmarket 7f 2yo mdn (4) sft in Jul.
Poor Duke (IRE) 9-2 (8-12) Always prominent, ridden 2f out, edged left and kept on inside final furlong, no impression on winner, 2nd of 7, 1 1/2l behind Indigo Lady (8-7) at Yarmouth 7f 2yo mdn aut (6) gs.