GULF OF ALASKA is probably the one to beat in this opener as he will almost certainly improve on his debut third at York. Very green that day, he kept on well in the closing stages and this looks less competitive. Gunner Will has shown promise in both starts and will almost certainly make his presence felt again while Blank Czech, who has his sights lowered here, and Willie Haggas' filly Ashbina appear to be improving with experience and can't be ignored. Swift Cat hinted at ability at Kempton and may prove the pick of the remainder.
Blank Czech (IRE) 14-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, went 3rd approaching final furlong, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 15, 7l behind Top Offer (9-3) at Newbury 7f 2yo mdn (4) gd.
Gulf Of Alaska 9-4fav (9-3) Soon niggled along in touch in mid-division, ridden and no impression over 2f out, picked up entering final furlong, no impression on front pair towards finish, 3rd of 9, 2 1/2l behind Holy Roman Warrior (9-3) at York 7f 2yo mdn aut (4) gs in Jul.
Gunner Will (IRE) 11-1 (9-0) Held up towards rear, headway 3f out, went 3rd inside final 2f, ridden hung left and struck into rear of 3rd horse over 1f out, no impression when weakened to 4th final 120 yards, 4th of 11, 3l behind Ektihaam (9-3) at Newbury 7f 2yo mdn (4) gf in Jul.
Il Pazzo 150-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, ridden and every chance over 1f out, weakened final 100 yards, 3rd of 11, 3 1/2l behind Stipulate (9-3) at Leicester 7f 2yo mdn (5) gf.
Northern Territory (IRE) 100-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, effort over 2f out, stayed on same pace from over 1f out, 5th of 11, 8l behind Tamarrud (9-3) at Lingfield 1m 2yo mdn stks (5) pol.
Regal Gold 20-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, driven and effort over 2f out, soon lost place, 11th of 13, 15l behind Kinglet (9-3) at Newmarket 7f 2yo mdn (5) gd.
Stateos (IRE) 7-2 (9-3) Tracked leaders on outside, went 2nd 5f out, carried very wide on bend and lost 2nd 3f out, soon recovered to chase leaders and every chance under pressure over 1f out, edged right and stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 5th of 7, 2 1/2l behind Gassin Golf (9-3) at Kempton 1m 2yo mdn stks (5) pol.
Swift Cat 25-1 (9-0) Took keen hold in mid-division, ridden along halfway, headway under pressure over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, nearest finish, 7th of 11, 6l behind Charitable Act (9-3) at Kempton 7f 2yo mdn auc stks (5) pol.
Ashbina 20-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, no impression final furlong, 3rd of 14, 3 1/2l behind Ziefhd (9-0) at Folkestone 7f 2yo stks (5) gf.
Mount St Mistress 25-1 (8-10) Took keen hold, chased leaders, ridden 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 7, 10l behind Tingo In The Tale (8-11) at Brighton 1m 2yo mdn aut (5) sft.