Hillstar won a Group 2 at Ascot last year but hasn't got his head in front so far this time around having found one too good in his three starts in this country, though Newmarket conqueror Cavalryman franked the form of his latest run when landing the Goodwood Cup on his next start. TRUE STORY harboured Classic pretensions after winning the Fielden Stakes on his reappearance but was an expensive failure in the Dante and then only seventh in the Derby itself. However, his run behind Mukhadram in the Coral-Eclipse was a very solid effort and he's worth one more chance eased in grade. Amralah had Educate behind at Sandown two runs ago and beat Vancouverite and Nabucco in a Listed race at Newbury last time but is no certainty to beat the placed horses again and Danadana hasn't quite fired so far this year.
Amralah (IRE) 16-1 (9-4) Took keen hold, led 3f, chased leader, led again over 2f out, driven along over 1f out, stayed on gamely and just held on final strides, all out, won at Newbury 1m 2f Listed stks (1) gd in Jul beating Vancouverite (9-4) by shd, 10 ran.
Danadana (IRE) 4-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, kept on same pace, no impression from over 1f out, 6th of 7, 7l behind Sheikhzayedroad (9-3) at York 1m 2f Grp 2 (1) gf in Jul.
Educate 20-1 (9-12) Mid-division, ridden and headway 2f out, soon edged left, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 4th of 16, 4l behind Farraaj (9-11) at York 1m 2f hcp (2) gf in Jul.
Hillstar 7-2 (9-2) Keen in touch in rear, switched left 6f out, headway to press winner 4f out, ridden and every chance over 1f out, ran on, 2nd of 6, nk behind Cavalryman (9-2) at Newmarket 1m 4f Grp 2 (1) gf in Jul.
Nabucco 7-1 (9-7) Tracked leaders on inside, headway into 2nd on inside entering final 2f out, ridden chasing winner until final 100 yards, stayed on same pace in 3rd, not quite pace of leading duo, 3rd of 10, 1 3/4l behind Amralah (9-4) at Newbury 1m 2f Listed stks (1) gd in Jul.
Vancouverite 10-1 (9-4) Held up towards rear, headway travelling well looking for room and switched out over 2f out, driven along on outside and stayed on chasing leaders over 1f out, went 2nd final 100 yards and closed on winner, just failed, 2nd of 10, shd behind Amralah (9-4) at Newbury 1m 2f Listed stks (1) gd in Jul.
Ayrad (IRE) 33-1 (9-2) 11th of 16, 13l behind The Grey Gatsby (9-2) at Chantilly(FR) 1m 2f 3yo Grp 1 (1) gd in Jun.
Spark Plug (IRE) 9-2 (9-3) Steadied start, tracked leading pair, niggled along over 4f out, left 2nd just over 1f out, no chance with winner, 2nd of 3, 9l behind Arod (9-3) at Leicester 1m 2f con stks (3) gf in Jul.
True Story 16-1 (8-10) Mid-division, chased leaders over 4f out, outpaced 3f out, ridden and stayed on final furlong, never on terms, 5th of 9, 4 1/2l behind Mukhadram (9-7) at Sandown 1m 2f Grp 1 (1) gf in Jul.