Sporting Gold went close off today's mark on the all-weather earlier this year but is still 7lb higher than his last winning mark. Flying Power beat WALL STREET BOSS and Poetic Verse in a tight finish at Leicester two weeks ago but James Fanshawe's charge comes out best at the weights today and gets a narrow vote in a competitive opener. Useful jumper Highway Code is lightly-raced on the Flat and could be interesting while Precision Strike is still on a decent mark. Bright Applause is back on a winning mark but Dubai Celebration may be too high in the weights now.
Sporting Gold (IRE) 5-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders in 3rd, ridden to go 2nd over 2f out until over 1f out, no extra, 3rd of 6, 10l behind Jupiter Storm (9-3) at Windsor 1m 4f hcp 0-80 (4) gd.
Flying Power 12-1 (9-0) Led for about 3f, regained lead 4f out, soon pressed, kept on very gamely inside final furlong, just held on, won at Leicester 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) gd beating Wall Street Boss (9-1) by hd, 12 ran.
Dubai Celebration 12-1 (9-5) Keen prominent, ridden over 3f out, weakened 2f out, 9th of 10, well behind Maybeme (8-10) at Beverley 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gs in May.
Singzak 33-1 (8-6) Tracked leaders, pushed along over 3f out, soon weakened, last of 14, 46l behind Totalize (8-10) at York 1m 6f hcp 0-90 (3) gd.
Highway Code (USA) 9-2 (10-4) Mid-division, headway over 4f out, chased winner over 1f out, never able to challenge, 2nd of 12, 11l behind One Pursuit (9-9) at Newbury 1m 4f ladies hcap (5) hvy in Oct.
Poetic Verse 5-1fav (8-9) Held up towards rear, headway over 4f out, ridden over 1f out, soon edged right, kept on and just held, 3rd of 12, nk behind Flying Power (9-0) at Leicester 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Good Speech (IRE) 25-1 (8-8) Tracked leaders, ridden 3f out, weakened final furlong, 9th of 15, 16l behind Streets Of Newyork (8-10) at York 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) gs in May.
Wall Street Boss (USA) 7-1 (9-1) Held up mid-division, headway to chase leaders over 4f out, every chance over 1f out, kept on and just held, 2nd of 12, hd behind Flying Power (9-0) at Leicester 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Bright Applause 15-2 (9-1) Tracked leaders after 2f, ridden and switched left over 1f out, ran on to go 2nd towards finish, 2nd of 6, 1/2l behind Pertuis (8-11) at Ripon 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Cavalieri (IRE) 6-1 (9-9) Chased leaders, ridden inside final furlong, kept on, 4th of 7, 1 1/2l behind Nolecce (8-6) at Haydock 1m 4f app hcp 0-70 (5) gs.
El Bravo 5-1 (9-7) Led early, prominent, every chance 2f out, no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 5, 6l behind Northside Prince (9-1) at Musselburgh 1m 4f (4) gs.
Precision Strike 15-8fav (9-10) Dwelt, close up in rear, headway on outer over 2f out, ridden and kept on one pace, 3rd of 5, 4l behind Operateur (9-0) at Hamilton 1m 3f hcp 0-65 (6) sft.
Reflect (IRE) 16-1 (9-6) Behind, ridden 2f out, never dangerous, 10th of 12, 10l behind Kalahari (9-1) at Nottingham 1m 2f hcp 0-65 (6) gs.
Rockweiller 12-1 (8-9) Led, ridden over 2f out, soon headed, no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 11, 7l behind Whinging Willie (9-1) at Newbury 1m 3f app hcp 0-70 (5) gd.