Richard Hannon would have had a host of possibles for this but relies on BEACON with Dougal and Spirit Of Xian looking the second strings. The first-named had no problem seeing off Mukhmal and Union Rose in a Sandown Listed contest earlier in the month and looks the obvious solution. Cotai Glory looks a fast-ground specialist who won easily at Bath before stepping up to finish runner-up in a Newbury Listed contest where he led for most of that 6f so he looks the main threat. Kevin Ryan doesn't enter horses in Group races unless thought capable of earning some black type so the presence of Fast Act, third in the lucrative Weatherby's Super Sprint, is intriguing.
Beacon 2-1 (9-2) Taken to post early, keen first furlong tracked leading pair, smooth headway to press leader entering final 2f, led inside final furlong, ran on, comfortable, won at Sandown 5f 2yo lst stk (1) gd beating Mukhmal (9-2) by 4l, 4 ran.
Burning The Clocks (IRE) 3-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, went 2nd approaching final furlong, ridden and one pace inside final furlong, no extra in 3rd final 100 yards, 3rd of 9, 2 1/2l behind Jargon (9-5) at Brighton 6f 2yo mdn aut (6) gf.
Cotai Glory 7-1 (9-0) Led, ridden and pressed when hung left inside final furlong, headed and not pace of winner final 135 yards, 2nd of 5, 1 1/4l behind Limato (9-0) at Newbury 6f 2yo lst stk (1) gf.
Dougal (IRE) 25-1 (9-0) Raced towards far side close up, ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 9th of 12, 9l behind Ivawood (9-0) at Newmarket 6f 2yo Grp 2 (1) gf.
Fast Act (IRE) 12-1 (8-8) Chased winner, every chance from 2f out until winner quickened clear entering final furlong, no impression and dropped to 3rd inside final furlong, 3rd of 24, 7l behind Tiggy Wiggy (9-1) at Newbury 5f 2yo auc (2) gd.
Mukhmal (IRE) 15-8fav (9-2) Pulled hard pressed leader until led after 2f, ridden and flashed tail over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, soon edged left, just held on to 2nd, 2nd of 4, 4l behind Beacon (9-2) at Sandown 5f 2yo lst stk (1) gd.
Union Rose 6-1 (9-2) Dwelt close up in 4th, ridden 2f out, weakened final furlong, last of 4, 10l behind Beacon (9-2) at Sandown 5f 2yo lst stk (1) gd.
Spirit Of Xian (IRE) 9-1 (8-8) 6th of 10, 8l behind Goken (8-11) at Chantilly(FR) 5f 2yo Grp 3 gd in Jun.