Those who witnessed BATTALION absolutely trotting up at Yarmouth last week won't want to miss him here despite a 6lb penalty and better opposition. That was only his fifth career start and there looks to be much more to come from William Haggas' colt. Deserted has had even less experience and was making her handicap debut when scoring under a fine ride from Kirsty Milczarek at Yarmouth last month so Luca Cumani's filly should be kept on the right side. Sweet Deal is another lightly-raced type with more to offer and he'll be suited by the likely soft ground but Ice Pie has some catching up to do after her two runs in May where she was an expensive failure.
Battalion (IRE) 9-4fav (8-2) Made all, unchallenged, clear from over 1f out, eased final furlong, won at Yarmouth 1m 3f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gs beating Thomas Hobson (8-9) by 5l, 5 ran.
Sweet Deal (IRE) 7-1 (9-7) Held up in last trio, headway on inside over 3f out, 4th and one pace over 1f out, 4th of 8, 7l behind Magog (9-4) at Goodwood 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Aug.
Deserted 10-3 (9-5) Dwelt soon close up, ridden over 2f out, led entering final 2f, stayed on gamely, won at Yarmouth 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Aug beating Qanan (9-11) by hd, 10 ran.
Angus Glens 12-1 (9-5) Towards rear, pushed along over 3f out, headway on outside over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, almost snatched 3rd, 4th of 9, 2 1/4l behind Martian (9-5) at Goodwood 1m 2f 3yo mdn (5) gd.
Stiff Upper Lip (IRE) 12-1 (9-0) Held up in mid-division, reminders halfway, pushed along over 4f out, soon beaten, last of 9, 20l behind Jazz Master (8-9) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-80 (4) pol.
Aussie Lyrics (FR) 7-1 (9-2) Held up in rear, headway over 2f out, chasing leaders when hung right under pressure over 1f out, never able to challenge, 3rd of 7, 4 1/2l behind Close At Hand (9-2) at Sandown 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Aug.
Rock God (IRE) 4-1 (8-12) Slow into stride soon pushed along to go in touch, ridden 4f out, dropped to rear 3f out, last of 7, 20l behind Prospera (9-7) at Lingfield 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Ice Pie 15-8fav (9-5) Close up, ridden 2f out, weakened final furlong, 8th of 12, 8l behind Auction (9-5) at Newmarket 1m 3yo fll hcp 0-75 (5) gd in May.
He's A Striker (IRE) 8-1 (8-12) Raced wide mid-division, ridden and weakened 2f out, 11th of 13, 26l behind Headline News (9-8) at Sandown 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) sft.
Harwoods Star (IRE) 8-1 (9-7) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, soon hung right and no impression, 6th of 14, 4l behind Lybica (9-4) at Kempton 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) pol.
Knight's Parade (IRE) 8-1 (8-8) Mid-division, under pressure over 3f out, soon weakened, 8th of 9, 33l behind Aloha (8-10) at Lingfield 1m 3f hcp 0-75 (5) sft.
Ivanhoe 7-2fav (8-11) In touch, headway over 3f out, chased leaders over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 3rd of 11, 1 3/4l behind Layline (9-4) at Ffos Las 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) hvy.
Landau (IRE) 12-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, ridden to challenge over 2f out, every chance over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 2nd of 14, nk behind Lybica (9-4) at Kempton 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) pol.