Richard Hannon's pair Janoub Nibras and Mystical Moment both go on the short-list in this competitive nursery, though the former will do well to defy top weight and an outside draw. Bircham hasn't done a great deal wrong so far but A Certain Romance would have to step up on a hard-fought victory at Doncaster to follow up and Newmarket runner-up Oasis Cannes is a little more exposed than some. Andrew Balding trained the winner 12 months ago so Epsom second Zanetto has to be worth a second look but it's doubtful we've yet to see the best of FREEPORT and he looks the pick of the weights today. Brian Meehan's colt has been taking on decent opposition in maidens and the booking of Kieren Fallon is a positive sign. Northern raiders Boom And Bloom and Party Royal may be best of the rest.
Janoub Nibras (IRE) 1-7fav (9-5) Made all, pressed from over 2f out, ridden and edged left inside final furlong, held on, won at Kempton 6f 2yo nov stks (5) pol in Jun beating Woodland Mill (9-0) by shd, 2 ran.
Pay Freeze (IRE) 8-1 (8-3) Raced centre, behind, headway over 1f out, never on terms, 14th of 22, 7l behind Body And Soul (7-12) at Newbury 5f 2yo aut (2) hvy in Jul.
Bircham (IRE) 1-4fav (9-1) Raced keenly, led, set steady pace, quickened halfway, joined 2f out, soon ridden, headed when hung left over 1f out, eased when no chance with winner, 2nd of 3, 7l behind Hasopop (9-1) at Newmarket 6f 2yo stks (2) hvy in Jul.
Glass Office 3-1 (9-2) Held up last, pushed along 3f out, ridden to 3rd and went left approaching final furlong, continued to edge left and stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 4, 2 3/4l behind Havana Gold (9-5) at Ascot 7f 2yo nov stk (4) gs in Jul.
Mystical Moment 15-2 (9-0) Made most, pressed from 2f out, asserted final 75 yards, won at Newmarket 7f 2yo stks (5) sft in Jul beating Nargys (9-0) by 2 1/2l, 10 ran.
A Certain Romance 8-11fav (9-3) Tracked leaders, led approaching 2f out, soon ridden, headed entering final furlong, rallied to regain lead towards finish, won at Doncaster 6f 2yo mdn (5) sft in Jul beating Burning Dawn (8-12) by nk, 7 ran.
Oasis Cannes 6-4fav (9-7) Soon led, ridden 2f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on, 2nd of 8, 3/4l behind Magic Channel (8-0) at Newmarket 7f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jul.
Carlton Blue (IRE) 8-1 (8-7) With leader on rail, led naarowly over 2f out, ridden and edged right from over 1f out, stayed on well, won at Ascot 6f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) fm in Jul beating Star of Rohm (9-2) by 1 1/4l, 10 ran.
Boom And Bloom (IRE) 10-11fav (8-8) Chased leader until over 3f out, went 2nd over 1f out, soon ridden, kept on to lead final 50 yards, won at Chester 5f 2yo mdn aut (5) sft in Jul beating Mandy Lexi (8-8) by hd, 4 ran.
Party Royal 9-1 (9-2) Chased leaders, ridden to challenge over 1f out, stayed on same pace final furlong, 4th of 10, 2 3/4l behind Carlton Blue (8-7) at Ascot 6f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) fm in Jul.
Zanetto 11-4 (9-3) Led, raced freely, strongly challenged over 2f out, headed approaching final furlong, kept on same pace, 2nd of 8, 3 1/2l behind Whipper's Boy (9-3) at Epsom Downs 7f 2yo mdn (5) gs in Jul.
Freeport 8-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders in 3rd, ridden over 1f out kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 7, 1 1/2l behind Here Comes When (9-3) at Salisbury 7f 2yo mdn (4) gf in Jul.
Strong Conviction 5-1 (9-3) Veered badly left start, headway to chase leaders 4f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 10, 9l behind I'm Back (9-3) at Windsor 6f 2yo mdn (5) gd in Jun.
Aussie Reigns (IRE) 11-1 (9-3) Held up in touch, hard ridden to chase leaders over 1f out, never able to challenge, 4th of 8, 7l behind Whipper's Boy (9-3) at Epsom Downs 7f 2yo mdn (5) gs in Jul.
Shafaani 25-1 (9-0) Slight lead, headed halfway, chased leaders, ridden and hung right from 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 9, 8l behind Diaminda (9-0) at Ascot 6f 2yo stks (3) gs in Jul.