Donativum, Ashram and Gallagher catch the eye in this Listed affair, with DONATIVUM taken to score under Frankie Dettori. Godolphin are well represented here with Ashram a lively second string, and he holds every chance after a string of consistent efforts. Twice a juvenile winner, Ashram handles the surface and appreciates cut in the ground. He has been knocking at the door at this level and can go close. Fourth in the Middle Park at the end of last season, Gallagher picked up a conditions contest at Newbury recently. That was on fast ground however, and with the recent rain making the ground slower he is taken on. A son of Cadeaux Genereux, Donativum showed decent stamina to take a similar event at Deauville last time. He is a versatile customer, with a good wins to runs ratio. Dettori has chosen Donativum as his mount, and it looks a wise move.
Donativum (8-11) won at Deauville(FR) 1m stk in Jul beating Polarix (8-11) by hd, 9 ran.
Ocean's Minstrel 14-1 (8-11) Went slightly right and slowly into stride, soon switched left, held up in rear, ridden and headway 1f out, kept on to go 4th inside final furlong, never trouble leaders, 4th of 9, 4l behind Regal Parade (9-2) at Chester 7f Listed stks (1) gf in Jul.
Pure Poetry (IRE) 40-1 (9-0) Took keen hold, held up in rear, switched left and driven on wide outside over 2f out, no impression, 6th of 10, 6l behind Mastercraftsman (9-0) at Royal Ascot 1m 3yo Grp 1 (1) gf in Jun.
Ashram (IRE) 7-4fav (8-12) Led, ridden and strongly pressed final 1f, stayed on well until headed final 50 yards, kept on, 2nd of 6, nk behind The Cheka (8-9) at Newbury 7f con stks (3) sft in Jul.
Brief Encounter (IRE) 5-1 (9-2) Mid-division, headway from 2f out, edged left over 1f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, stayed on, won at Newmarket 1m 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gf in Jul beating Crackdown (9-9) by 3/4l, 10 ran.
Four Winds 7-1 (9-2) Took keen hold, soon steadied into mid-division, headway over 3f out, driven and unable to quicken 2f out, no impression on leaders over 1f out, 6th of 12, 9l behind Glass Harmonium (9-2) at Royal Ascot 1m 2f 3yo lst stk (1) gf in Jun.
Gallagher Evensfav (8-5) Took keen hold, chased leader, edging left from 2f out, ran on to lead just inside final furlong, driven out and ran on well, won at Newbury 7f cond Stakes (3) gf in Jul beating Plum Pudding (9-6) by 2l, 6 ran.
Hartley 17-2 (8-8) Chased leader until ridden and edged right just over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong but not pace of front pair, 3rd of 9, 3 1/2l behind Regal Parade (9-2) at Chester 7f Listed stks (1) gf in Jul.
Zacinto 13-8fav (8-12) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, driven to lead inside final furlong, headed and no extra near line, 2nd of 7, nk behind Westphalia (8-12) at Doncaster 7f 2yo stks (1) sft in Sep.