It could pay to stick with MUHAARIB AL EMARAT in this opener. He showed a big improvement when runner-up over track and trip last month and further progress is expected. Cumbrianna suggested a race of this nature was within her capabilities when finding only one too good on her debut at Redcar and she should also go well. Mercury is entered in the Group One Middle Park later in the year but showed little on his debut at York but stablemate and newcomer Geology can count the speedy Searchlight among his winning relatives.
Choppy Water (IRE) Zebedee colt out of Brewing Storm.
Fast Dancer (IRE) 66-1 (9-5) Slowly into stride, always in rear, 14th of 16, 15l behind Heartbreak Hero (9-5) at Windsor 6f 2yo mdn (5) gf in Jul.
Geology Rock Of Gibraltar colt out of Baralinka.
Jewelled Prince Zamindar colt out of Diamond Lass.
Mercury 10-3 (9-5) Chased leaders, driven over 2f out, never on terms, weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 9, 16l behind Valley of Fire (9-5) at York 6f 2yo mdn aut (4) gf in Jul.
Muhaarib Al Emarat (IRE) 12-1 (9-5) Chased clear leading trio, headway on outside over 1f out, ridde and stayed on into 2nd 1f out, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 8, 2l behind Kayo Koko (9-0) at Catterick 6f 2yo mdn (5) gf in Jul.
Pafiya Paco Boy gelding out of Tafiya.
Splash Of Verve (IRE) Fast Company colt out of Ellistown Lady.
Ventura Canyon (IRE) 15-2 (9-5) Always towards rear, last of 11, 21l behind Savannah Beau (9-0) at Redcar 6f 2yo mdn (5) gf in Jul.
Caties Do Dah 200-1 (9-0) Dwelt, outpaced, ridden halfway, last of 8, 19l behind Enlace (9-0) at Hamilton 5f 2yo mdn (5) gd in Jul.
Cumbrianna 11-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, soon prominent, led after 2f, edged left when challenged over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra, 2nd of 7, 2 3/4l behind Russian Punch (9-0) at Redcar 6f 2yo flls mdn auc stks (5) gs in May.
X Raise (IRE) Aussie Rules filly out of Raise.