DUTCH CONNECTION showed enough on his racecourse debut at Salisbury to suggest he can land this. Charlie Hills' colt wasn't beaten far in third and is preferred to Shootingsta, who finished well ahead of On The Tiles when fourth at Nottingham. Speedy Move never figured in better company at York last time and a bigger threat could come from the newcomer and $500,000 purchase Faydhan. Dark Wonder is a half-brother to a Listed winner and makes more appeal than stablemate Lopito De Vega.
Dark Wonder (IRE) Dark Angel colt out of Wondrous Story.
Dutch Connection 12-1 (9-5) Slowly into stride, held up and green in rear, good headway on outside over 2f out, disputing 2nd from over 1f out, ran green and kept on inside final furlong, lost 2nd close home, 3rd of 7, 1 1/4l behind Sixty (9-5) at Salisbury 6f 2yo mdn (2) gf in Jun.
Faydhan (USA) War Front colt out of Agreeable Miss.
Little Belter (IRE) 14-1 (9-5) Always towards rear, 10th of 11, 15l behind Seve (9-5) at Chester 5f 2yo mdn (4) gd in Jun.
Lopito de Vega (IRE) Lope De Vega colt out of Athenian Way.
Millgate 14-1 (9-2) Prominent, pushed along halfway, weakening when hampered over 1f out, 6th of 7, 7l behind Billyoakes (9-5) at Hamilton 5f 2yo mdn (5) gs in May.
On The Tiles 33-1 (9-5) With leader, pushed along over 2f out, faded final furlong, 8th of 10, 8l behind Ustinov (9-5) at Nottingham 6f 2yo mdn (5) gd in Jun.
Retro Valley (IRE) Vale Of York colt out of Retrato.
Shootingsta (IRE) 25-1 (9-5) Led, ridden and headed inside final furlong, kept on towards finish, 4th of 10, 2 1/2l behind Ustinov (9-5) at Nottingham 6f 2yo mdn (5) gd in Jun.
Speedy Move (IRE) 10-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders, pushed along over 2f out, no extra inside final furlong, 7th of 10, 6l behind Pallister (9-5) at York 6f 2yo mdn (3) gd in Jun.
Horsetracker Multiplex filly out of Miss Lesley.