MAOI CHINN TIRE can usually be relied to run his race and gets a tentative in a wide-open contest returning to 1m6f. Precision Strike has leading claims on the back of a win over track and trip but Albonny's recent victory came over 2m on the Polytrack. The veteran Nanton was sent off favourite at Doncaster last time and duly obliged while the unreliable Aleksandar has a shout if posting one of his better efforts. Opera Buff is another to consider having gone close at Kempton on his latest start.
Opera Buff 5-1fav (9-1) Led and set steady pace, quickened 3f out, ridden clear 2f out, reduced lead over 1f out, headed and no extra close home, 2nd of 12, nk behind Spice Fair (9-0) at Kempton 2m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jun.
O Ma Lad (IRE) 5-1 (9-13) Towards rear, ridden and headway over 3f out, kept on same pace, lost 4th near finish, 5th of 7, 9l behind Snow Squall (8-8) at Hamilton 1m 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Jul.
Kleitomachos (IRE) 6-1 (9-5) Close up, lost place 5f out, kept on inside final furlong, 6th of 10, 13l behind Precision Strike (8-7) at Haydock 1m 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gs in Jul.
Java Rose 9-1 (9-8) Tracked leader until halfway, tracked leaders, ridden 3f out, weakened final furlong, 9th of 14, 25l behind Bob's World (9-1) at Newbury 2m hcp 0-80 (4) gs in Apr.
Nanton (USA) 7-2fav (8-13) Held up in rear, pushed along over 3f out, ridden and headway over 1f out, led inside final furlong, kept on well, won at Doncaster 1m 7f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Jul beating Deepsand (9-3) by 1 3/4l, 10 ran.
Aleksandar 4-1 (9-4) Tracked leader, ridden over 3f out, kept on one pace final 2f, 3rd of 7, 8l behind Snow Squall (8-8) at Hamilton 1m 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Jul.
Choisan (IRE) 4-1 (9-9) Held up mid-division, pushed along over 5f out, ridden over 2f out, one pace and no impression, 4th of 9, 6l behind Only Orsenfoolsies (9-11) at Ripon 1m 4f hcp 0-80 (4) sft in Jul.
Maoi Chinn Tire (IRE) 5-4fav (9-6) Held up towards rear, headway over 3f out, led over 2f out, kept on and headed towards finish, 2nd of 7, 2 3/4l behind La Bacouetteuse (9-7) at Musselburgh 2m hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jul.
Albonny (IRE) 7-2 (9-1) Tracked leader, led over 2f out, clear over 1f out, ran on, won at Kempton 2m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jul beating Dumbfounded (8-10) by 2 1/4l, 9 ran.
Precision Strike 20-1 (8-7) Dwelt switched left soon after start, in rear, headway on outer 3f out, led over 1f out, ridden out, won at Haydock 1m 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gs in Jul beating English Summer (9-7) by 1/2l, 10 ran.