Scrapper Smith has been in better form of late but he's gone back up in the weights despite not winning. Good Morning Star has been competing in better company and has been raised no less than 24lb since winning the Cheshire Oaks back in May and stablemate Party Line couldn't cope with a 7lb rise at Catterick last time. Lieutenant Kojak is another firmly in the handicappers grip but Lady Kashaan could go well off a featherweight on the back of her second at Ayr last week. SURAJ was no match for the likes of Mount Athos in the Silver Cup at York last time but won nicely at Doncaster before that and Michael Bell's Galileo colt gets the vote with scope for further progress.
Astral Thunder (ARG) 25-1 (10-0) Mid-division, outpaced over 2f out, soon ridden, kept on same pace under pressure from over 1f out, never on terms, 7th of 10, 8l behind Address Unknown (9-11) at Ascot 2m hcp 0-100 (2) gf in Aug.
Cosmic Sun 16-1 (9-12) Held up mid-division, weakened over 2f out, last of 12, 31l behind Roxy Flyer (9-12) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-95 (3) pol.
Scrapper Smith (IRE) 16-1 (8-10) In rear, headway and not clear run entering final 2f, soon switched right, ran on inside final furlong, not reach leaders, 3rd of 13, 1l behind Tominator (9-0) at Chester 1m 5f listed hcp 0-110 (1) gd.
Suraj 11-4fav (8-2) Slowly into stride, held up behind, outpaced over 3f out, ridden and some headway under pressure towards stands side over 2f out, kept on same pace, never able to challenge, 6th of 12, 10l behind Mount Athos (10-0) at York 1m 6f listed hcp 0-110 (1) gd in Jul.
Good Morning Star (IRE) 17-2 (8-6) Tracked leaders, niggled along 6f out, outpaced over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, not able to trouble front pair, 3rd of 7, 1 1/2l behind Goldoni (8-6) at Chester 1m 4f Listed stks 3yo (1) gd.
Lieutenant Kojak 6-1 (11-10) In rear, ridden over 2f out, late headway on outside from over 1f out, nearest finish, 5th of 13, 7l behind Novirak (11-5) at Epsom Downs 1m 4f hcp 0-80 (4) gd.
Party Line 11-4 (9-1) Mid-division, headway on outside 5f out, went 3rd over 2f out, stayed on same pace final furlong, 3rd of 11, 6l behind New Hampshire (9-12) at Catterick 1m 4f hcp 0-95 (3) gf.
Last Shadow 14-1 (9-3) Held up behind on outside, outpaced 3f out, never dangerous, last of 10, 13l behind Sun Central (9-2) at Ascot 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Aug.
Lady Kashaan (IRE) 4-1fav (8-13) Held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, chased winner over 1f out, kept on and held towards finish, 2nd of 9, 1/2l behind Albert Bridge (9-12) at Ayr 1m 5f hcp 0-90 (3) hvy.