Pint Size is tough and consistent and has won claimers both on turf and the Fibresand this year. He'll be thereabouts again here but MAHKAMA is the one to beat. She needed only to be pushed out when a convincing winner over C&D last month and the form is working out pretty well. Saeed Bin Suroor's filly can follow-up today at the chief expense of Democretes, who disappointed over 7f last time but won nicely over today's trip at Newmarket before that. Richard Hughes prefers him to stablemate Shere Khan and there should be more to come from Brimstone Hill.
Mahkama (USA) 11-8fav (9-0) Led over 4f out, ridden and quickened clear over 1f out, comfortable, won at Kempton 6f 2yo mdn fll (5) pol in Jul beating Al Mahmeyah (9-0) by 1 3/4l, 11 ran.
Pint Size 8-13fav (8-13) Made all, pushed clear final furlong, unchallenged, won at Southwell 6f 2yo clm stks (6) fbs in Jul beating Miss Medici (8-5) by 12l, 5 ran.
Democretes 9-2fav (8-6) Chased leaders, effort over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 6th of 12, 9l behind Overpowered (8-8) at Newmarket 7f 2yo hcp (2) gf in Jul.
Brimstone Hill (IRE) 8-1 (9-3) Held up in last trio, ridden and unable to quicken 2f out, headway and switched right over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, not pace of leaders, 5th of 9, 4 1/2l behind Sovereign Debt (9-7) at Ascot 6f 2yo hcp (4) gd in Jul.
Shere Khan 3-1fav (9-3) Mid-division, headway over 3f out, ridden over 1f out, one pace inside final furlong, 4th of 9, 4 1/2l behind Big Note (9-3) at Chester 5f 2yo mdn (4) gf in Jun.
Illustrious Lad (IRE) 9-1 (9-3) Led, headed 2f out, soon ridden, weakened quickly over 1f out, 12th of 14, 21l behind Compton (9-3) at Windsor 6f 2yo mdn (5) gf in Jul.