Only three runners but almost certainly a fascinating tactical affair in prospect as none of the trio has made the running hitherto. Moreover, it's anyone's guess how much Vital Evidence and Venue will improve for their respective maiden successes, both of which were achieved with a degree of heavy weather. Vital Evidence was first off the bridle when responding to Ryan Moore's drive to secure Sandown success whilst Venue was green and pushed along early before coming with a late run to mow down Thouwra at Salisbury. Both should appreciate the longer trip but VITAL EVIDENCE appeals as having the greater scope for improvement. Duke Of Perth gained a deserved success when driven out to score at Bath last time and is more battle-hardened than his opponents but may just lack the scope of the selection.
Vital Evidence (USA) 5-6fav (9-5) Tracked leader, ridden 3f out, led entering final 2f, soon pressed, asserted towards finish, won at Sandown 1m 2f 3yo mdn (5) gd in Jun beating Vermont (9-5) by 1l, 6 ran.
Venue 4-1 (9-0) Raced green in rear, ridden 3f out, headway on outer from 2f out, ran on to lead final strides, won at Salisbury 1m 2f mdn stks (5) gf in Jun beating Thouwra (9-0) by nk, 11 ran.
Duke Of Perth Evensfav (8-13) Slowly into stride, took keen hold and soon tracking leaders, smooth headway to 2nd over 2f out, led 2f out, driven over 1f out, in command when jinked right final 100 yards, won at Bath 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) fm beating Stiff Upper Lip (8-2) by 1 1/2l, 9 ran.