Heartbreak Hero made all and won a shade cosily when odds-on for a Windsor maiden last month but this is tougher off top weight. Lightning Stride was only beaten a nose on his handicap debut at Lingfield and has obvious claims but we are going to stick with L'ETACQ. He only beat the luckless Amber Crystal by half-a-length at Brighton but had to overcome trouble in-running to do so and is just as effective over this extra furlong. Charlie's Star is preferred to Mylaporyours of the others.
Heartbreak Hero 8-11fav (9-5) Made all, quickened away from over 1f out, ran on, won at Windsor 6f 2yo mdn (5) gf in Jul beating Accra Beach (9-5) by 1 3/4l, 16 ran.
Lightning Stride 6-1 (9-2) Tracked leaders, effort over 1f out, ridden to lead narrowly inside final furlong, soon headed, kept on, just held, 2nd of 6, ns behind Fuwairt (9-11) at Lingfield 6f 2yo hcp (5) gd in Jul.
L'Etacq 5-4fav (9-5) Prominent, hampered over 4f out, ridden 2f out, went 2nd 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, led towards finish, won at Brighton 5f 2yo hcp 0-75 (5) gd beating Amber Crystal (9-1) by 1/2l, 5 ran.
Charlie's Star 8-1 (9-5) Outpaced in rear, under pressure halfway, some late headway, never nearer, 4th of 6, 11l behind Don Sigfredo (9-5) at Chester 6f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) gs.
Amber Crystal 3-1 (9-1) Led, went left over 4f out, ridden over 1f out, headed towards finish, 2nd of 5, 1/2l behind L'Etacq (9-5) at Brighton 5f 2yo hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Mylaporyours (IRE) 8-1 (9-2) Tracked leader until hung badly right to stand side rail entering final 2f, kept on same pace, 5th of 6, 4 1/2l behind Gold Waltz (8-10) at Lingfield 6f 2yo hco 0-75 (5) pol.