Three-year-olds have won three of the last 10 and are very well represented this time. Cougar Mountain won easily on his debut and has competed in two Group 1 sprints subsequently and not been beaten far. However, he, Extortionist, Moviesta, Hot Streak, G Force and Astaire were behind Sole Power in the Nunthorpe at York. The winner is definitely best at 5f and the one to take out of the race is G FORCE, who got no sort of run but finished strongly and will be suited by the extra furlong. He's only had seven starts in his life and, with further progress expected, he's taken to reward each-way support in a hot renewal. Last year's winner Gordon Lord Byron has been brought to the boil for another crack and is greatly respected though this looks a stronger line-up than a year ago. Music Master needs to find a bit more but Henry Candy is a master with sprinters and it would be no shock to see him in the frame.
Baccarat (IRE) 9-1 (9-2) Raced near side, slowly into stride, soon in mid-division, headway over 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, led inside final furlong, ran on well, won at Royal Ascot 6f hcp 0-110 (2) gf in Jun beating Professor (9-8) by 1 1/2l, 28 ran.
Caspar Netscher 16-1 (9-1) Close up, ridden 2f out, kept on same pace, 7th of 10, 5l behind Tropics (9-1) at Newmarket 6f Listed stks (1) gf in Aug.
Dinkum Diamond (IRE) 5-1 (9-4) Chased leader, effort over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 7, 6l behind Intransigent (9-0) at Chester 6f Listed stks (1) gs in Aug.
Es Que Love (IRE) 7-1 (9-3) Tracked leading pair, switched left to challenge over 1f out, led narrowly inside final furlong, ridden and stayed on well final 100 yards, won at Goodwood 7f Grp 2 (1) gf in Jul beating Toormore (8-10) by nk, 7 ran.
Gordon Lord Byron (IRE) 7-2 (9-13) Held up, 8th 2f out, closer in 5th 1f out, challenged and on terms inside final furlong, kept on well, just denied at finish, 2nd of 9, ns behind Jamesie (9-6) at Curragh 6f Grp 3 (1) gd in Aug.
Maarek 6-1 (9-11) Reared slightly leaving stalls and slowly into stride, soon pushed along in rear, never a factor, kept on same pace from over 1f out, 8th of 9, 5l behind Jamesie (9-6) at Curragh 6f Grp 3 (1) gd in Aug.
Moviesta (USA) 11-1 (9-11) Tracked leaders, every chance inside final fulong, no extra close home, 4th of 13, 1 1/4l behind Sole Power (9-11) at York 5f Grp 1 (1) gd in Aug.
Music Master 3-1fav (9-4) Held up towards rear, headway over 1f out, strong run under pressure inside final furlong, led close home, won at Newbury 6f Grp 3 (1) gd in Jul beating Heeraat (9-4) by nk, 12 ran.
Pearl Secret 2-1fav (9-0) Made all, ridden inside final furlong, just held on, won at Beverley 5f Listed stks (1) gf in Aug beating Mirza (9-4) by nk, 7 ran.
Professor 9-2 (9-0) Held up in 5th, switched outside and headway over 2f out, soon ridden, kept on to chase leading pair inside final furlong, held towards finish, 3rd of 6, 2 3/4l behind Ansgar (9-4) at Goodwood 7f Grp 3 (1) gd in Aug.
Sole Power 11-4fav (9-11) Steadied start, held up in rear, switched right over 1f out, soon switched left, strong headway when short of room inside final furlong, ran on to lead close home, driven out, won at York 5f Grp 1 (1) gd in Aug beating Stepper Point (9-11) by 1/2l, 13 ran.
Tropics (USA) 11-4fav (9-1) Awkwardly away held up, headway when not clear run approaching final furlong, ridden and ran on to lead final strides, won at Newmarket 6f Listed stks (1) gf in Aug beating Alben Star (9-1) by 1/2l, 10 ran.
Astaire (IRE) 12-1 (9-9) Prominent, led halfway, headed over 1f out, soon weakened, 10th of 13, 2 3/4l behind Sole Power (9-11) at York 5f Grp 1 (1) gd in Aug.
Cougar Mountain (IRE) 8-1 (9-9) Behind, headway over 1f out, never on terms, 9th of 13, 1 3/4l behind Sole Power (9-11) at York 5f Grp 1 (1) gd in Aug.
Extortionist (IRE) 14-1 (9-9) Midfield, headway over 1f out, soon hard ridden to challenge, every chance inside final furlong, kept on well, 3rd of 13, 3/4l behind Sole Power (9-11) at York 5f Grp 1 (1) gd in Aug.
G Force (IRE) 12-1 (9-9) Behind, headway when not clear run over 1f out, soon switched left, hampered closing stages, ran on, 6th of 13, 1 1/2l behind Sole Power (9-11) at York 5f Grp 1 (1) gd in Aug.
Hot Streak (IRE) 8-1 (9-9) Chased leaders, effort over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 5th of 13, 1 1/4l behind Sole Power (9-11) at York 5f Grp 1 (1) gd in Aug.