RUBAN failed to land the odds when only third at Wolverhampton last time. The Godolphin colt still finished ahead of a couple of today's main rivals in Surreal and Natural Bloom, however, and gets another chance here. Viewpoint's best effort so far came over a mile on the Polytrack while Ahuqd and Icebreaker Two were both well beaten in the same race over C&D last month. Beggar's Banquet disappointed on his recent return from a layoff but had shown some promise when fifth at Lingfield back in March.
Amen (IRE) 20-1 (9-11) Steadied start, held up in rear, well behind final 3f, tailed off, 12th of 15, 33l behind Arashi (8-12) at Epsom Downs 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jul.
Beggar's Banquet (IRE) 11-2 (9-3) Held up mid-division, ridden over 1f out, soon weakened, 6th of 11, 16l behind Caskelena (8-12) at Newcastle 1m 2f mdn stks (5) gs in Aug.
Icebreaker Two 66-1 (9-0) In rear and outpaced, weakened 3f out, last of 9, 24l behind Infinite Hope (8-12) at Folkestone 1m 2f mdn stks (5) gf in Aug.
Ruban (IRE) 8-11fav (9-4) Took keen hold, chased leaders, going well when stumbled inside final 2f, switched left and ridden over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, unable to reach winner, 3rd of 11, 2 1/2l behind Representation (9-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f mdn stks (5) pol.
Toogood (IRE) Pivotal gelding out of Woodland Orchid.
Viewpoint (IRE) 9-2 (9-2) Always in rear, 9th of 10, 12l behind John Biscuit (9-11) at Epsom Downs 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Jul.
Ahuqd (IRE) 33-1 (8-9) Towards rear, pushed along and weakened over 2f out, 7th of 9, 19l behind Infinite Hope (8-12) at Folkestone 1m 2f mdn stks (5) gf in Aug.
Miss Fortywinks 50-1 (8-13) Slowly into stride, held up, ridden and no impression when hung left from over 3f out, 5th of 9, 17l behind Bana Wu (8-13) at Newbury 1m 2f fll mdn stks (5) gd in Aug.
Natural Bloom (IRE) 14-1 (8-13) Held up towards rear, never troubled leaders, 7th of 11, 13l behind Representation (9-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f mdn stks (5) pol.
Princess Maya 12-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 6th of 12, 2l behind Dana's Present (8-12) at Kempton 1m 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Surreal (IRE) 15-2 (8-13) Took keen hold, chased leaders, went 2nd 3f out, led 2f out, ridden over 1f out, headed entering final furlong, weakened towards finish, 5th of 11, 3 1/2l behind Representation (9-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f mdn stks (5) pol.