Andrew Balding won this a couple of years ago with the useful Pearl Castle and saddles newcomer Brandon Castle, who is out of a Galileo mare and a half-brother to a 7f winner. Silver Ranger is the obvious choice but struggling to get his head in front and is a lot more exposed than his rivals and his yard also run Silver Quay. BEST OF TIMES (NAP) wasn't far behind the smart Basateen when fifth on his debut at Newmarket. He showed enough to suggest he can win a race like this and makes more appeal than Kempton runner-up Dutch Portrait and The Queen's newcomer Dartmouth, who will probably do better over middle-distances next year.
Best Of Times 3-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 11, 5l behind Lexington Times (9-0) at Newmarket 7f 2yo mdn (4) sft in Jul.
Brandon Castle Dylan Thomas colt out of Chelsey Jayne.
Brigand Chief Aqlaam gelding out of Soundwave.
Dartmouth Dubawi colt out of Galatee.
Dutch Portrait 20-1 (9-5) Went left start, soon chasing leaders, pushed along halfway, driven over 1f out, went 2nd inside final furlong, no chance with winner, 2nd of 11, 3 1/2l behind Bow And Arrow (9-5) at Kempton 7f 2yo mdn stks (4) pol.
Explain 5-1 (9-5) Chased leader until over 2f out, chased leaders, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 11, 7l behind Punk Rocker (9-0) at Doncaster 6f 2yo mdn (5) gd in Jul.
Le Torrent 11-4 (9-5) Awkward start and ran green early, in rear, pushed along over 4f out, well beaten final 2f, 5th of 6, 14l behind Glasgow Gailes (9-5) at Windsor 1m 2yo mdn (5) gs.
Marma's Boy 33-1 (9-5) Slowly into stride, towards rear most of way, 10th of 14, 18l behind Nafaqa (9-5) at Newbury 7f 2yo mdn (4) gf in Jul.
Silver Quay (IRE) 33-1 (9-0) Steadied start, held up in last pair, plugged on inside final furlong but never involved, 7th of 10, 9l behind Dutch Connection (9-0) at Goodwood 7f 2yo mdn (2) gf.
Silver Ranger Evensfav (9-5) Close up, pushed along over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, ran on, not reach winner, 2nd of 8, 1/2l behind Make It Up (9-2) at Epsom Downs 7f 2yo mdn (5) gf in Jul.
St Lawrence Gap (IRE) Tagula colt out of Kannon.