Some progressive types here including SARRSAR who is preferred to Aattash, New Christmas and Blues Music in a trappy handicap. Michael Jarvis' gelding shaped with promise on debut at Yarmouth before marmalising a field at Lingfield by six lengths. Those in behind may not be any great shakes but the run proved that he has trained on from two to three and he has the scope to improve beyond this opening handicap mark of 84. Cumulo Nimbus is a course and distance winner who wasn't disgraced in the Britannia handicap at Royal Ascot and is respected off this mark of 89, Start Right ran well behind Verdant when last seen at Sandown in April and is considered accordingly, as is New Christmas who seemed to take to the blinkers last time and he remains capable of winning from this mark, especially if we take his Doncaster second to Ransom Note literally. Aattash is up 5lbs for his Bath maiden win and his second to Sea Of Heartbreak reads well, however his re-assessed mark looks too high. Blues Music and Strong Vigilance are both respected after their strong latest runs (especially the latter whose form looks strong), however the vote in an intriguing finale is given to Sarrsar.
Cumulus Nimbus 33-1 (8-8) Raced stands side, held up, no progress final 2f, 14th of 27, 9l behind Ransom Note (8-10) at Royal Ascot 1m 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gf.
Sarrsar 8-15fav (9-3) Tracked clear leader, closed 3f out, led and hung right on bend over 2f out, clear over 1f out, easily, won at Lingfield 1m 3yo mdn stks (5) pol beating Claimant (9-3) by 6l, 11 ran.
Start Right 15-2 (9-1) Mid-division, took keen hold, pushed along over 3f out, not clear run and switched right over 2f out, soon ridden and unable to quicken, stayed on inside final furlong, no impression, 7th of 14, 5l behind Verdant (8-12) at Sandown 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Apr.
New Christmas (USA) 15-2 (9-4) Prominent on outside, went 2nd halfway, led 3f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, stayed on same pace and no impression on winner, just held on for 2nd, 2nd of 9, 2 1/2l behind Beachfire (9-1) at Sandown 1m 1f 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gd.
Aattash (IRE) 10-3 (9-3) Took keen hold, made all, ridden over 1f out, stayed on well, unchallenged, won at Bath 1m 3yo mdn aut (6) gf beating Youm Jamil (9-3) by 2 1/4l, 5 ran.
Blues Music (IRE) 4-1 (8-9) Held up in 6th, headway on outside from 2f out, stayed on to 3rd 1f out, kept on to press for 2nd near finish, never going pace to reach winner, 3rd of 7, 2l behind Treble Jig (9-0) at Goodwood 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gd.
Whistleinthewind (IRE) 33-1 (9-2) Held up in last trio, headway over 1f out, made some headway inside final furlong, never troubled leaders, 6th of 9, 7l behind Beachfire (9-1) at Sandown 1m 1f 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gd.
Muwalla 50-1 (8-9) Held up towards rear, some headway over 2f out, soon beaten, 11th of 15, 12l behind Green Moon (8-11) at Newbury 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gf in May.
Strong Vigilance (IRE) 6-1 (8-7) Keen hold in touch, headway over 1f out, soon chasing leaders, never able to challenge, 4th of 7, 1 3/4l behind Sea Lord (9-7) at Doncaster 1m 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gf.