EWELL PLACE never looked like beating the winner Crown Dependency when runner-up on his debut at Goodwood. But the latter has ran well in Group company since and Robert Mills' charge looks to have the best form of these. School Fees has shown plenty of speed in a couple of starts over 5f so far and can figure but Spunky failed to build on his debut effort with a poor run at Windsor last time. Billyrayvalentine looks best of the rest.
Billyrayvalentine (CAN) 9-2 (9-3) Chased leaders on outside, went 2nd inside final 2f until ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 16, 8l behind Radiomarelli (9-3) at Windsor 6f 2yo mdn (5) gf in Jul.
Ewell Place (IRE) 3-1fav (9-3) Chased leaders, ridden to challenge and every chance 1f out until outpaced by winner final 110 yards, 2nd of 8, 2 1/4l behind Crown Dependency (9-3) at Goodwood 6f 2yo mdn (5) gf in May.
Mr Hendrix 100-1 (8-12) Led, headed over 4f out, weakened over 2f out, last of 12, 22l behind Repeater (9-3) at Epsom Downs 7f 2yo mdn (5) gd in Jul.
Shamahan Shamardal colt out of Hanella.
Spunky 9-2 (9-3) Keen early, mid-division, ridden 2f out, never troubled leaders, 7th of 12, 16l behind Otto The Great (9-3) at Windsor 6f 2yo mdn (5) gd in Jul.
School Fees 5-2 (8-12) Dwelt, soon recovered to chase leader, lost 2nd 2f out, ridden and outpaced over 1f out, stayed on again inside final furlong, went 3rd close home, not pace of leading duo, 3rd of 9, 3 1/2l behind Chunky Diamond (9-3) at Windsor 5f 2yo mdn (5) gf in Jul.