GULF PRESIDENT looks really well handicapped based on his return to this code last time so is given the vote ahead of Penang Cinta and Norman The Great. The selection was very impressive when winning by eight lengths at Brighton last time off a mark of 60 so if in the same mood again he looks really well treated with just a 6lbs penalty to carry. Penang Cinta seemed to have more to offer based on his own win at Brighton two starts back but was a little disappointing last time. That was a rare bad run and with a good strike rate over this trip he has to be considered. Norman The Great was expected to go better last time but was beaten over 18 lengths by Some Sunny Day. That leaves him with plenty to prove although he is one from one at this track. Gloucester has won his fair share of races on the level and his run behind Strathcal last time is working well so off this revised rating he could feature but after such a dominant display last time Gulf President gets the nod.
Norman The Great 7-2fav (9-1) Held up towards rear, headway over 6f out, chased leaders on outside and edged left 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 10, 17l behind Some Sunny Day (8-11) at Windsor 1m 4f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in May.
Penang Cinta 16-1 (8-7) Raced keenly, led 2f, tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, stayed on same pace final furlong, no impression, 6th of 10, 5l behind Ouster (9-4) at Salisbury 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jun.
Gloucester 8-1 (9-7) Held up towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 5th of 8, 4 1/2l behind Strathcal (9-7) at Salisbury 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Jun.
Rowan Tiger 12-1 (8-5) Mid-division, ridden and headway over 1f out, stayed on same pace final furlong, 5th of 13, 4l behind Jo'burg (8-12) at Sandown 1m 2f hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Jun.
Indian Ghyll (IRE) 20-1 (9-5) Soon led, pushed along 3f out, headed well over 2f out, soon weakened, last of 8, 19l behind Strathcal (9-7) at Salisbury 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Jun.
Maslak (IRE) 7-2fav (8-13) Tracked leader, lost place over 3f out, outpaced when not much room 2f out, switched left and no impression from over 1f out, 7th of 8, 7l behind Ubi Ace (9-4) at Ripon 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Jun.
Silent Applause 10-1 (8-3) Raced far side, overall leader until 3f out, soon ridden, edged left and and kept on final furlong, 4th of 7, 5l behind Ellemujie (9-2) at Newmarket 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in May.
Gulf President 5-1 (9-1) Soon pushed along, held up in 7th, good headway to 2nd 4f out, led going well 3f out, ridden and well in command when hung left over 1f out, heavily eased final 100 yards, won at Brighton 1m 4f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jun beating Rosy Dawn (8-3) by 8l, 8 ran.