There's just the chance that MIDSUMMER SUN is better than this level although he's yet to prove it. Spoken of in glowing terms at Warren Place pre-season, he was sent straight into Group company at Royal Ascot after landing an ordinary Haydock maiden. Not seen since, he is worth chancing on his return to action and market support would strengthen confidence. Gobooll only landed a modest Kempton maiden but William Haggas has few peers in placing his charges and he's definite shortlist material. Lifetime is hard to assess too on the back of an easy Hamilton maiden victory but it wouldn't surprise to see him go well, whilst Calaf is preferred of the Fahey pair as he was far from disgraced in a hot Glorious Goodwood handicap. This is a long way from winning a Ripon seller but Highlife Dancer can't stop improving at present and it would be folly to rule him out in his present mood.
Poplin 6-1 (8-12) Prominent, took keen hold, steadied after 1f, closed from 4f out, ridden over 2f out, lost place over 1f out, 6th of 9, 13l behind Rumh (8-12) at Newbury 1m 2f 3yo lst fll (1) gf in Jun.
Sergeant Ablett (IRE) 12-1 (9-1) Prominent, led 8f out, headed 6f out, soon not much room, ridden over 3f out, weakened inside final furlong, 4th of 8, 8l behind Mohedian Lady (9-1) at Nottingham 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gf in Aug.
Midsummer Sun 14-1 (9-0) Always towards rear, 13th of 16, 16l behind Pisco Sour (9-0) at Royal Ascot 1m 2f 3yo Grp 3 (1) gs in Jun.
Gobooll 15-8 (9-3) Took keen hold, chased leading trio, went 3rd 4f out, challenged and hung right over 1f out, chased leader 1f out, led inside final furlong, stayed on, won at Kempton 1m 2f 3yo mdn stks (4) pol in Aug beating Deraasa (8-12) by 1/2l, 9 ran.
Lifetime (IRE) 3-10fav (9-3) Tracked leaders, tracked leader over 6f out, ridden over 3f out, led over 2f, asseted over 1f out, eased inside final furlong, won at Hamilton 1m 1f 3yo & 4yo mdn (5) gs in Aug beating Vinniespride (9-10) by 5l, 7 ran.
Calaf 33-1 (8-0) Chased leaders in 5th, ridden 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 15, 5l behind Labarinto (9-0) at Goodwood 1m 2f 3yo hcp (2) gd in Jul.
Abdicate (IRE) 5-1 (9-3) Led, ridden and headed over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 8, 14l behind Tameen (8-12) at Ripon 1m 2f flls hcp 0-80 (4) gs in Aug.
Highlife Dancer 5-1 (9-4) Close up, ridden to chase leader 2f out, hung left and led inside final furlong, ran on, won at Epsom Downs 1m 2f app hcp 0-75 (5) gs in Aug beating Ullswater (9-6) by 1 3/4l, 7 ran.