Taqneen went close to catching Wistar at Yarmouth last time. But the latter is trained by Luca Cumani so he'll have good line on the chances of ALKETIOS. The latter returned to action with a fourth at Nottingham and the form looks rock-solid with the first two home having subsequently won. Pantolini finished last on his debut and the Godolphin colt can only improve on that while Protected showed some progress on his reappearance at Musselburgh and looks best of the rest.
Echologic 14-1 (8-12) Mid-division, soon pushed along, closed 5f out, ridden and lost place over 3f out, tailed off, last of 7, 50l behind Prohibition (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Feb.
Alketios (GR) 6-1 (8-12) Tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, edged right and kept on one pace final furlong, 4th of 12, 6l behind Wannabe Yours (9-5) at Nottingham 1m 3yo mdn (5) gf in May.
Pantoloni 7-1 (9-0) Keen tracked leaders, ridden 3f out, soon weakened, last of 10, 32l behind Idder (9-0) at Newmarket 7f 2yo mdn (4) sft in Nov.
Protected 2-1fav (8-12) Pulled hard, tracked winner over 1f, switched left and ridden 3f out, stayed on inside final furlong, went 2nd close home, no impression on winner, 2nd of 6, 2 3/4l behind Mowhoob (10-0) at Musselburgh 7f mdn stks (5) gf in May.
Taqneen (IRE) 10-1 (9-3) Tracked leader, led 2f olut, ridden and pressed over 1f out, joined and stayed on inside final furlong, headed and not pace of winner close home, 2nd of 11, nk behind Wistar (9-3) at Yarmouth 1m mdn stks (5) gf.
Vale Mentor (IRE) 25-1 (9-5) Held up, ridden and weakened over 2f out, last of 7, 19l behind Angel Flores (9-0) at Wolverhampton 6f 2yo mdn auc stks (6) pol in Nov.