GLOUCESTER wasn't doing anything in a hurry at Windsor but his strike rate makes him more appealing than Yossi with Run For Ede's best of the rest. The selection has been in fine fettle this summer and looks capable of winning again judged by his narrow defeat at Windsor. There's a doubt as to whether this track will play to his strengths and there's a chance that he could lose vital ground when becoming outpaced down the hill but he should stay on strongly all the way to the line. That phrase hasn't been used very often in conjunction with Yossi who has oft attracted support and oft failed to deliver. His ability is not in question and he's joined a good team but was again found wanting in the heat of battle over course and distance last time out. He did, at least, comfortably account for Watson's Bay on that occasion and he looks to have more to fear from the locally trained Run For Ede's. She escapes a penalty for a hard-earned victory at Ascot and has a leading chance. Soundbyte has form on downhill tracks and could go well at a price if running up to his best but there must be some doubt about his capability to do that on recent evidence. There are no such concerns with Gloucester who should make the frame.
Gloucester 9-2 (9-13) Chased leaders in 4th, went 6 lengths 2nd 4f out, closed on leader over 1f out, driven, stayed on, not quicken near finish, 3rd of 7, 1/2l behind Turjuman (8-13) at Windsor 1m 4f hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Yossi (IRE) 7-2 (9-9) Led, came centre over 3f out, ridden and headed over 2f out, hung badly left and rallied to lead again inside final furlong, headed final strides, 2nd of 4, shd behind Norman The Great (9-8) at Epsom Downs 1m 4f hcp 0-80 (4) gs.
Risque Heights 16-1 (9-4) Never dangerous, 11th of 13, 11l behind Buddy Holly (9-3) at Kempton 1m 2f (4) pol in Jun.
Run For Ede's 10-1 (8-6) Held up in 7th, good headway on outside 3f out, went 5 lengths 2nd 2f out, closed on leader over 1f out, led inside final furlong, stayed on well, won at Ascot 1m 4f app hcp (0-85) (4yo+) (4) gd beating Relative Strength (9-1) by 1/2l, 9 ran.
Graylyn Ruby (FR) 8-1 (9-6) Keen, close up, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 7, 8l behind Silent Applause (9-0) at Newmarket 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jun.
Watson's Bay 9-4 (9-0) Close up, came centre over 3f out, hung badly left to far side rail over 1f out, ridden and weakened final furlong, 3rd of 4, 5l behind Norman The Great (9-8) at Epsom Downs 1m 4f hcp 0-80 (4) gs.
Soundbyte 11-1 (9-5) Held up in touch, ridden over 3f out, weakened final furlong, 5th of 8, 11l behind Rare Ruby (8-5) at Nottingham 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Jun.
Classical Rhythm (IRE) 7-1 (9-8) Chased leaders, driven along 4f out, weakened over 2f out, 11th of 15, 26l behind Diktalina (8-4) at Windsor 1m 4f 3yo & 4yo sll (6) gd.