Derby entry AL BIRUNI is taken to make a winning debut. A son of Kingmambo, Saeed Bin Suroor's colt is from a very good staying family including Irish Oaks winner Ebadiyla, and his trainer has a 36% strike-rate with his juveniles at the track in recent years. Fellow Godolphin runner Bridgefield shaped with promise at Newmarket and is far from discounted, as is Figaro who shaped with more promise at HQ than his finishing position might suggest. Kirthill is out of a mile winner, albeit at three, so the trip looks about right, whilst Levitate seems to be learning with each start and he may appreciate the slightly better ground this afternoon. Red Lover travelled well before being outpaced at Newbury and the worry is that a similar scenario might occur today although this track should suit. Others to mention include newcomer Steenbok, who is related to a variety of winners over many a distance, and Fadhaa who is out of a half-sister to Sakhee. Calaf is stoutly-bred and is another to consider given the step up in trip looks ideal.
Al Biruni (USA) Kingmambo colt out of Ebaraya.
Bridgefield (USA) 11-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, mid-division, ridden and headway 2f out, kept on one pace from over 1f out, 3rd of 17, 6l behind Loving Spirit (9-3) at Newmarket 7f 2yo mdn (4) sft.
Calaf 14-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, effort to challenge winner inside final furlong, stayed on, always held, 2nd of 8, 1/2l behind Speculate (9-3) at Yarmouth 6f 2yo mdn (5) sft in Sep.
Cottam Donny 22-1 (9-0) Held up towards rear, ridden halfway, soon weakened, eased over 1f out, never dangerous, last of 10, 39l behind Stamp Duty (8-11) at Newcastle 6f 2yo mdn (4) hvy in Sep.
Dashing Eddie (IRE) Dubawi colt out of Step Too Far.
Fadhaa (IRE) Bahri colt out of Weqaar.
Figaro 7-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, ridden to chase leader over 2f out until over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 6th of 17, 8l behind Loving Spirit (9-3) at Newmarket 7f 2yo mdn (4) sft.
Greenhead High 100-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, ridden and weakened 2f out, 13th of 17, 30l behind Loving Spirit (9-3) at Newmarket 7f 2yo mdn (4) sft.
Kirthill (IRE) Danehill Dancer colt out of Kirtle.
Korngold 11-2 (9-3) Towards rear, headway halfway, weakened over 2f out, 11th of 16, 14l behind Norse Blues (9-3) at Newbury 7f 2yo mdn (4) gd in Sep.
Levitate 8-1 (9-3) Dwelt, soon pushed along in rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, finished well to 4th close home, 4th of 17, 8l behind Fulgur (9-3) at Newbury 1m 2yo mdn (4) sft.
Lightning Cloud (IRE) 8-1 (9-3) Close up, soon led, headed over 3f out, ridden 2f out, soon weakened, 5th of 6, 23l behind Iron Range (9-3) at Ayr 6f 2yo mdn aut (5) gs in Sep.
Mint Imperial (IRE) Diamond Green gelding out of Imperialist.
Oakwell (IRE) 50-1 (9-0) Mid-division, pushed along over 3f out, soon ridden, weakened over 1f out, 13th of 16, 37l behind Zoowraa (8-12) at Redcar 7f 2yo mdn (4) gs.
Red Lover 9-1 (9-3) Soon steadied in touch, smooth headway over 2f out, chased winner inside final furlong, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 15, 1l behind Mantoba (9-3) at Newbury 7f 2yo mdn (4) gd in Sep.
Scottish Lake 100-1 (8-12) Slowly into stride, mid-division on inside, outpaced 4f out, soon ridden, never near leaders, 9th of 12, 13l behind Jade (8-12) at Pontefract 6f 2yo mdn (4) gf in Sep.
Sirius Prospect (USA) 25-1 (9-3) Slight lead until ridden and headed 1f out, stayed on, not quite pace of winner, 2nd of 15, 1/2l behind Mantoba (9-3) at Newbury 7f 2yo mdn (4) gd in Sep.
Steenbok (IRE) Shamardal colt out of Woodrising.
Height of Summer (IRE) Alhaarth filly out of Summer Dreams.
Ride The Wind 25-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, always behind, 11th of 14, 13l behind Face Reality (9-0) at Newbury 6f 2yo fll mdn (4) gd in Sep.