ALFRESCO is in fine form and can reverse his recent Lingfield running with Regal Royale, who rates as the main danger. His last two runs have been on soft ground but he goes on faster turf so the conditions will hold no fear here. He gets a 4lb pull with Regal Royale and has less than a length to make up, and with Ryan Moore booked that could be enough to reverse the form. Apart from Regal Royale, Overwing should be involved at the business end judging by his win over c&d earlier in the month. However, everything looks in place for a big run from Alfresco and he is the selection.
Alfresco 7-2fav (9-4) Led, headed over 1f out, rallied under pressure to take 2nd near finish, 2nd of 9, 3/4l behind Patavium Prince (9-4) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gs.
Leading Edge (IRE) 25-1 (8-7) Tracked leaders, ridden halfway, weakened final furlong, last of 16, 9l behind Finsbury (8-0) at Newmarket 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Overwing (IRE) 12-1 (9-6) Hampered start, soon led, headed 2f out, stayed on same pace final furlong, 3rd of 7, 5l behind Quaroma (9-7) at Nottingham 6f fll hcp (4) gd.
Regal Royale 7-1 (8-5) Pressed winner, ridden over 1f out, every chance inside final furlong, no extra final 75 yards, 3rd of 10, 1l behind Equuleus Pictor (8-10) at Windsor 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gs.
Ben Ami 10-1 (8-8) Soon slight lead, ridden over 3f out, headed just inside final 2f, weakened soon after, last of 5, 10l behind Stalking Shadow (9-2) at Salisbury 1m 3yo hcp (4) gs.
Mandarin Spirit (IRE) 14-1 (8-13) Held up in rear, headway over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, nearest finish, 4th of 10, 4l behind Vintage (9-3) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-80 (4) pol.
Averoo 3-1 (8-10) Held up, effort halfway, never dangerous, last of 9, 7l behind Leading Edge (9-3) at Doncaster 6f 3yo hcp (4) gf in Jul.
Billy Red 16-1 (8-6) Behind, ridden over 2f out, not trouble leaders over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 7th of 11, 3l behind Rocker (8-10) at Sandown 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jul.