THISTLE BIRD was caught close home by Premio Loco in the Celebration Mile at Goodwood a fortnight ago. He'd recorded a double in Listed events before that and Roger Charlton's charge is just preferred to the three-year-old Fulbright. The latter had registered a hat-trick of handicap wins before his latest below par effort and has stronger form than the other winning handicappers Chil The Kite and Boom And Bust. Kingsdesire, Rockinante and Right To Dream have all been competing in classified races and the latter makes most appeal on his easy win at Warwick, but Sussex Stakes third Gabrial could prove a bigger danger having failed to stay 1m2f last time.
Boom And Bust (IRE) 3-1fav (9-9) In touch, led after 3f, made rest, driven 2f out, ridden when hard pressed inside final furlong, held on, won at Ascot 1m hcp 0-100 (2) gf in Aug beating Trade Storm (9-4) by nk, 9 ran.
Thistle Bird 8-1 (8-12) Tracked leader, ridden, edged left and led just over 1f out, headed towards finish, 2nd of 5, nk behind Premio Loco (9-1) at Goodwood 1m Grp 2 (1) gs in Aug.
Chil The Kite 5-2fav (9-1) Steadied start, held up last, headway near side and hung right 2f out, driven to lead over 1f out, in command when hung badly right inside final furlong, won at Ascot 1m 3yo hcp (2) gd in Jul beating Takeitfromalady (8-10) by 1 1/2l, 11 ran.
Fulbright 7-1 (9-9) Stumbled start, held up in touch, ridden 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 13th of 19, 8l behind Imperial Guest (9-4) at Goodwood 7f hcp (2) gs in Aug.
Gabrial (IRE) 9-4 (8-8) Held up in 4th, took keen hold, ridden over 2f out, hung left and went 3rd over 1f out, no impression, 3rd of 5, 6l behind Hunter's Light (9-3) at Haydock 1m 2f Grp 3 (1) gf in Aug.
Kingsdesire (IRE) 11-8 (9-0) Tracked leading pair, went 2nd and driven over 1f out, stayed on same pace final furlong, 2nd of 3, 1 1/2l behind Coupe de Ville (9-0) at Newmarket 1m 2f con stks (3) gf in Aug.
Right To Dream (IRE) 5-1 (8-6) Tracked leaders, improved 2f out, led over 1f out, clear inside final furlong, easily, won at Warwick 7f cond Stakes (3) gf in Aug beating Atlantic Sport (8-11) by 5l, 5 ran.
Rockinante (FR) 5-2 (8-8) Led after 1f, ridden and headed narrowly 3f out, every chance until no extra towards finish, 2nd of 5, 3/4l behind Lyssio (8-13) at Epsom Downs 1m 2f cond Stakes (3) gd in Aug.