A 6lb rise for his romp at Brighton last time does not look nearly enough to prevent GULF PRESIDENT from following up, while Shy, Carter and Spinning Waters should be fighting out the minors. The Tim Vaughan-trained selection did not look an easy ride at the Sussex track, but once he picked up he went clear over a furlong out to win by eight lengths. In the context of this race that was impressive, and a repeat effort would make him very tough to beat. Little else looks to be in great form, with Shy a maiden after 15 starts and likely to be hampered by ground conditions, and Spinning Waters already proving beatable from today's mark of 50 despite going well on fast ground. Carter is another exposed runner who is weighted to get competitive and has definite frame claims. Nothing else makes serious appeal and the race all revolves around whether Gulf President can come up with a similar effort to the one he produced at Brighton. If he can, then there should only be one winner. Jonathan Doidge.
Gulf President 5-1 (9-1) Soon pushed along, held up in 7th, good headway to 2nd 4f out, led going well 3f out, ridden and well in command when hung left over 1f out, heavily eased final 100 yards, won at Brighton 1m 4f hcp 0-65 (6) gf beating Rosy Dawn (8-3) by 8l, 8 ran.
Croon 33-1 (9-10) Held up in touch, pushed along and lost place over 3f out, last of 14, 41l behind Cape Marien (9-7) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Oct.
Carter 7-2fav (9-1) Tracked leader, ridden over 2f out, soon edged right, edged left well over 1f out, every chance inside final furlong, stayed on, 3rd of 11, 1/2l behind Harare (9-0) at Warwick 1m 3f hcp 0-65 (6) gd.
Shy 7-2 (9-0) Led early, tracked leader, ridden over 2f out, no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 10, 4 1/2l behind Granny Mcphee (9-7) at Windsor 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) gd.
Swiss Art (IRE) 3-1 (9-3) Chased leaders 3f, soon outpaced, behind final 2f, 6th of 8, 32l behind Royal Dignitary (9-5) at Southwell 1m clm stks (6) fbs in May.
Silken Promise (USA) 14-1 (8-10) Steadied start, took keen hold, held up towards rear, ridden and no impression when hung right 2f out, 11th of 12, 25l behind Sunny Spells (8-12) at Goodwood 1m 6f hcp 0-65 (6) gd.
Berry Hill Lass (IRE) 20-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, towards rear, short lived effort over 2f out, 9th of 11, 13l behind Little Richard (9-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp (6) pol in Dec '08.
Spinning Waters 5-1 (8-6) In touch, lost place over 5f out, driven over 3f out, stayed on from over 1f out, no impression on front pair, 3rd of 9, 4l behind Welsh Anthem (9-7) at Bath 1m 2f hcp 0-65 (6) fm.
Party Palace 11-2 (8-10) Led to halfway, ridden and weakened over 1f out, soon eased, last of 6, 24l behind Brave Bugsy (9-3) at Bath 2m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) fm in May.
Trysting Grove (IRE) 8-1 (8-6) Slowly into stride, held up in rear, headway under pressure over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 9th of 15, 11l behind Dark Ranger (8-13) at Warwick 1m 3f hcp (6) gd.
Robbmaa (FR) 40-1 (8-4) Chased leading pair, pushed along over 4f out, weakened 3f out, soon eased when no chance, tailed off, last of 5, 37l behind Inspirina (9-0) at Brighton 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in May.