David Brown has some good two-year-olds and reports suggest Hard Divorce, who changed hands for more than £200,000, is right up there with the best of them. Double Bluff, from a family of stayers, is another newcomer to keep on the right side while Fast Delivery was a £55,000 yearling. But ALPINE RETREAT carries the first colours of Godolphin and it will take a smart performance to prevent this expensive US-bred colt from going one better than at Kempton, where he was just undone by his lack of experience. Pupil will almost certainly prove better than he showed at Newbury and looks the best of the others who have had a run.
Alpine Retreat (USA) 10-1 (9-5) Soon pushed along in 5th, driven along on outside entering final 2f, stayed on inside final furlong, went 2nd close home, not reach winner, 2nd of 13, 3/4l behind Lightning Spear (9-5) at Kempton 7f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Aug.
Come On Sunshine Authorized colt out of Tagula Sunrise.
Courageous Rock (USA) Rock Hard Ten colt out of To The Brim.
Double Bluff (IRE) Azamour colt out of Damask Rose.
Fast Delivery Authorized colt out of Rosenreihe.
Hard Divorce (USA) Hard Spun colt out of Divorce Settlement.
Leisure Cruise (USA) Henrythenavigator colt out of Snowfield.
Pupil (IRE) 7-2fav (9-5) Held up mid-division, effort over 1f out, never dangerous, 10th of 12, 8l behind God Willing (9-5) at Newbury 7f 2yo mdn (4) gd in Aug.
Raven Ridge (IRE) High Chaparral colt out of Green Castle.
Miss Acclaimed (8-13) 7th of 8, 5l behind Bird Flown (8-13) at Clairefontaine(FR) 7f 2yo mdn gs in Aug.
Newgate Queen 25-1 (9-0) Held up mid-division, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 8, 12l behind Top of The Glas (9-0) at Haydock 1m 2yo mdn (5) gd in Aug.