The defection of Top Tug leaves 14 facing the starter and not one is without a chance. Mark Johnston has won this three times in recent years and has begun the meeting in typical top form. He has a trio of entries here and last week's impressive Beverley winner Rainbow Rock may prove best of them under his penalty as he's still on a very lowly mark. Ventura Quest had no answer to Torchlighter at Newmarket but any ease in the ground would be in his favour though it's another Yorkshire raider, BRAIDLEY, who is handed the vote to reward each-way backers at a big price. He's never raced beyond a mile but has given every indication that this trip is required and his handler wouldn't be sending him on the long journey unless a big run was expected. Roseburg has done everything right so far and is now on a mark of a pattern race performer, though the expected fast ground is a concern. Arable is up 10lb for his Haydock victory but Astronereus looked very smart when landing a Newmarket maiden and makes his handicap debut from what could prove to be a lenient mark.
Roseburg (IRE) 5-6fav (9-7) Held up in rear, short of room 6f out, switched to outer 3f out, smooth headway over 1f out, led entering final furlong, ran on, comfortable, won at Haydock 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gs beating Al Busayyir (9-1) by 2l, 5 ran.
Top Tug (IRE) 4-1 (8-10) Always prominent, ridden over 1f out, led inside final furlong, stayed on, won at Newmarket 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gs in May beating Cloudscape (9-7) by 3/4l, 7 ran.
Pupil (IRE) 9-1 (9-7) Held up, switched left and driven 2f out, ridden, headway and edged right over 1f out, stayed on, went 2nd close home, no impression on winner, 2nd of 10, 2 3/4l behind Sea Defence (8-13) at Ascot 1m 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gf.
Lyn Valley 9-1 (8-12) Tracked leader, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 7, 25l behind Winter Thunder (8-12) at Newmarket 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gf.
Madeed 33-1 (8-6) Raced far side, chased leaders, went 2nd in group well over 1f out, stayed on pressing group leader inside final furlong, not pace of leaders near side, 7th of 30, 3l behind Born In Bombay (8-4) at Royal Ascot 1m 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gf in Jun.
Braidley (IRE) 10-1 (8-7) Held up in mid-division, switched right over 2f out, headway over 1f out, not trouble leaders, 6th of 18, 7l behind Bronze Angel (9-8) at York 1m hcp 105 (2) gf.
Astronereus (IRE) 15-2 (9-5) Tracked leader for 1f, tracked leading trio, travelling well when not clear run and switched left over 1f out, stayed on to lead final 150 yards, won going away, won at Newmarket 1m 2f 3yo mdn (4) sft beating Razor Wind (9-5) by 2l, 7 ran.
Examiner (IRE) 12-1 (8-8) Towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 12, 2 3/4l behind Golden Town (9-4) at Newmarket 1m 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) sft.
Ventura Quest (USA) 16-1 (8-5) In touch, headway over 2f out, ridden to chase winner approaching final furlong, stayed on one pace, 2nd of 7, 5l behind Torchlighter (8-12) at Newmarket 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gd.
Insaany 3-1 (8-9) Tracked leading pair, went 2nd 2f out and raced awkwardly, soon ridden along, no impression when lost 2nd over 1f out, weakened and eased inside final furlong, 6th of 7, 13l behind Border Legend (9-12) at Newbury 1m 2f hcp 0-95 (3) gf.
Donny Rover (IRE) 10-1 (8-9) Steadied soon after start, held up towards rear, headway and edged right over 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 4th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Sea Defence (8-13) at Ascot 1m 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gf.
Erroneous (IRE) 5-2 (9-1) Tracked leaders, headway to lead 2f out, ridden and headed entering final furlong, kept on, held near finish, 2nd of 6, nk behind Halation (9-2) at Newcastle 1m 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jun.
Arable 11-2 (9-7) In touch in rear, headway entering final 2f, led approaching final furlong, ridden clear, won at Haydock 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gs beating Starlight Serenade (9-5) by 6l, 7 ran.
Collaboration 6-1 (8-6) Close up, ridden 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 12th of 13, 18l behind Hesketh Bank (8-7) at Musselburgh 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Jun.
Rainbow Rock (IRE) 7-4fav (8-13) Raced wide in touch, headway 3f out, led approaching final furlong, ridden clear, won at Beverley 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gd beating Duke Of Yorkshire (9-6) by 3 1/2l, 10 ran.