SAYIF has had plenty of chances and remains a maiden after five starts but Peter Chapple-Hyam's colt is hard to oppose following his fine second in the Middle Park last time so gets the verdict dropped into this listed race, with the main dangers rated as Dark Mischief and Favourite Girl. The last mentioned was well held in a Group 3 contest two starts ago but that was on heavy ground and Tim Easterby's filly ran much better when chasing home Total Gallery in the Listed Two-Year-Old Trophy at Redcar last time. Ed McMahon's Noble Storm has won his last two starts in nurseries but needs to improve again to trouble the selection, while James Bethell's Hartley is less exposed than most of these after just two starts but this represents a big step up in class. Brian Meehan's Absent Pleasure and Bryan Smart's Able Master both come from stables in good form at present and have to be respected but more solid claims are held by Dark Mischief. Henry Candy's filly was good value for her debut success at Windsor in June and she could be the main threat to Sayif, who is hard to oppose.
Able Master (IRE) 33-1 (9-0) Held up mid-division centre group, ridden over 2f out, stayed on one pace from over 1f out, never troubled leaders, 9th of 19, 6l behind Amour Propre (9-0) at Ascot 5f 2yo Grp 3 (1) gs.
Absent Pleasure (USA) 7-4fav (9-2) Held up, pulled hard early, effort over 2f out, never on terms, 6th of 8, 5l behind High Alert (8-13) at Leicester 7f 2yo stk (3) gd.
Carnaby Haggerston (IRE) 28-1 (8-13) Led, ridden and headed inside final furlong, no extra, 3rd of 8, 2 1/2l behind High Alert (8-13) at Leicester 7f 2yo stk (3) gd.
Dark Mischief 3-1fav (9-3) Made all, ridden final furlong and ran on well, won at Windsor 6f 2yo mdn auc (5) gf in Jun beating Green Beret (9-3) by 2l, 15 ran.
Enderby Spirit (GR) 3-1jt-fav (9-3) Made all, shaken up well over 1f out, soon clear, won at Nottingham 5f 2yo mdn (5) gs beating Ben's Dream (9-3) by 4 1/2l, 12 ran.
Hartley 20-1 (9-3) Made virtually all, quickened clear over 1f, ridden out final furlong, won at Catterick 6f 2yo mdn (5) gs in Sept beating Enderby Spirit (9-3) by 7l, 11 ran.
Imperial Guest 66-1 (8-11) Raced centre, tracked leaders, led that group 2f out, soon edged left, every chance inside final furlong, not quicken, 3rd of 28, 1l behind Kingship Spirit (8-13) at Newmarket 6f 2yo aut (2) gf.
Kingswinford (IRE) 8-1 (8-9) Mid-division, steady headway to lead over 1f out, pressed inside final furlong, held on gamely final 100 yards, all out, won at Newbury 6f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) gs beating Timeteam (8-11) by a hd, 13 ran.
Noble Storm (USA) 5-1 (9-1) Made all, ridden and edged right over 1f out, ran on well inside final furlong, won at Warwick 6f 2yo hcp 0-95 (3) sft beating Dove Mews (9-0) by 2l, 8 ran.
Sayif (IRE) 5-1 (8-12) Led centre trio, merged to main group over 3f out, overall leader over 2f out, headed approaching final furlong, stayed on well, 2nd of 9, 1 1/2l behind Bushranger (8-12) at Newmarket 6f 2yo Grp 1 (1) gf.
Spiritofthewest (IRE) 33-1 (9-0) In touch centre group, raced wide, ridden and effort over 1f out, weakened quickly final furlong, 15th of 19, 9l behind Amour Propre (9-0) at Ascot 5f 2yo Grp 3 (1) gs.
Favourite Girl (IRE) 33-1 (8-11) In touch, led over 2f out, ridden and edged left 1f out, headed well inside final furlong, kept on towards finish, just held, 2nd of 22, shd behind Total Gallery (8-9) at Redcar 6f 2yo lst stk (1) gd.
La Brigitte 16-1 (9-4) Held up, raced keenly, ridden over 1f out, never going pace to trouble leaders, 6th of 8, 3 1/2l behind Noble Storm (9-1) at Warwick 6f 2yo hcp 0-95 (3) sft.