Dandy Man's recent walk in the park at Leicester may have boosted his confidence, however the more solid option might be STRIKE THE DEAL for whom the drop back to five furlongs will suit. Jeremy Noseda's son of Van Nistelrooy has plenty of speed and is likely to be up with the pace from the off. His recent run behind Palace Moon at Newmarket looks solid form and his consistent efforts in some competitive sprints this season can be rewarded with a fourth career win. A return to a flatter track looks likely to suit Spin Cycle whose stable are in better nick, Moorhouse Lad has the class and this is his time of year (third in the race last year) so expect better, whilst Inexile and Hoh Hoh Hoh are two consistent sprinters who should give supporters a good run for their money. Captain Gerrard is one of several in the race who were slightly outclassed in the Nunthorpe earlier in the season however this is more his level, as it is for Dandy Man. The well-related Siren's Gift, along with City Dancer and Above Limits, are all likely to find this a bit hot and so we are happy to stick with Strike The Deal as the winner.
Inxile (IRE) 8-1 (9-0) Took keen hold, held up in touch near stand rail, switched right and headway over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, 3rd of 17, 4 1/2l behind Kingsgate Native (9-0) at Goodwood 5f Grp 3 (1) gd in Jul.
Captain Gerrard (IRE) 33-1 (9-11) Chased leader, ridden 2f out, weakened approaching 1f out, 13th of 16, 9l behind Borderlescott (9-11) at York 5f stks (1) gf in Aug.
Dandy Man (IRE) 4-6fav (8-9) Keen early, held up in last place, improved approaching final furlong, shaken up to lead inside final furlong, very easily, won at Leicester 5f cond Stakes (3) gf beating Peace Offering (8-9) by 1 1/4l, 3 ran.
Hoh Hoh Hoh 11-2 (9-0) Keen, tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, one pace final furlong, 6th of 8, 3l behind Doncaster Rover (8-10) at Chester 6f Listed stks (1) gd in Aug.
Moorhouse Lad 25-1 (9-11) Prominent, ridden halfway, weakened final furlong, 9th of 16, 5l behind Borderlescott (9-11) at York 5f stks (1) gf in Aug.
Strike The Deal (USA) 5-1 (9-0) Prominent, led over 1f out, soon headed and no extra, 6th of 10, 2 1/4l behind Palace Moon (9-0) at Newmarket 6f Listed stks (1) gd in Aug.
Spin Cycle (IRE) 7-1 (8-12) Chased leaders, ran to dispute 2nd inside final furlong, no impression towards finish, 5th of 15, 2 3/4l behind Exceptional Art (8-12) at Beverley 5f Listed stks (1) gf in Aug.
Siren's Gift 9-2 (9-2) Broke well, soon grabbed stands side rail, made all, ridden and joined inside final furlong, all out, held on, won at Epsom Downs 5f hcp 105 (2) gd in Aug beating Jargelle (9-5) by shd, 9 ran.
City Dancer (IRE) 28-1 (8-7) Mid-division, headway over 1f out, no impression, 8th of 15, 6l behind Exceptional Art (8-12) at Beverley 5f Listed stks (1) gf in Aug.
Above Limits (IRE) 15-2 (8-12) Led, hung left and headed over 1f out, soon under pressure and one pace, 3rd of 13, 2 3/4l behind Sand Vixen (8-12) at Newbury 5f 2yo lst fll (1) gf in Aug.