Loyalty never threatened the progressive Lawmans Thunder when second here last time but he finished ahead of Silverheels and should be thereabouts again. DON'T STARE was having his first start since August when third over track and trip last month. With that pipe-opener under his belt, James Fanshawe's charge is just preferred to Whipper Snapper. The latter went close again at Lingfield having won at this venue before that while Tenor and the returning Bouclier complicate matters further.
Loyalty 12-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, ridden and effort over 1f out, went 2nd inside final furlong, kept on, no chance with winner, 2nd of 10, 4l behind Lawmans Thunder (9-5) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in May.
Tasrih (USA) 10-1 (8-12) Pressed leader, not much room over 2f out, soon lost place, eased, last of 8, 38l behind Best Of Order (9-6) at Doncaster 7f hcp 0-95 (3) hvy in May.
Silverheels (IRE) 16-1 (9-2) Mid-division, ridden to chase leaders over 1f out, kept on same pace under pressure final furlong, never on terms, 5th of 10, 6l behind Lawmans Thunder (9-5) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in May.
Don't Stare 7-2 (9-2) Mid-division, pushed along and kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 8, 5l behind Secret Art (9-3) at Kempton 1m hcp (0-90) (3) pol in May.
Greyfriarschorista 2-1fav (9-7) Close up, ridden over 2f out, chased winner briefly over 1f, no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 6, 10l behind Tasrih (9-3) at Southwell 7f hcp 0-85 (4) fbs in Apr.
Whipper Snapper (IRE) 7-1 (9-1) Tracked leaders on inner, ridden 2f out, stayed on to go 2nd near finish, 2nd of 8, 1 3/4l behind Dark Emerald (9-2) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-95 (3) gd in May.
Al Jamal 4-1 (9-4) Led, remained on far side and overall leader when race split over 3f out, headed over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 8, 2 1/4l behind Annawi (8-13) at Sandown 1m 3yo fll hcp 0-85 (4) hvy in Sep.
Jack Of Diamonds (IRE) 9-2fav (9-3) Tracked leaders, effort over 2f out, every chance over 1f out, no extra closing stages, 5th of 12, 4l behind Front Page News (9-0) at Newmarket 7f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in May.
The Great Gabrial 33-1 (9-6) Towards rear, outpaced over 2f out, never dangerous, 16th of 18, 21l behind Manchestar (9-5) at Redcar 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Apr.
Rakaan (IRE) 10-1 (9-4) Steadied start, held up in rear, ridden and stayed on final furlong, never nearer, 4th of 8, 4 1/2l behind Forceful Appeal (9-3) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Feb.
Tenor (IRE) 15-2 (8-2) Tracked leader, joined leader 2f out, driven to lead final strides, won at Newmarket 1m hcp 0-95 (3) gf in May beating Dance And Dance (9-6) by shd, 9 ran.
Bouclier (IRE) 2-7fav (9-5) Made all, pushed clear well over 1f out, very easy, won at Lingfield 7f mdn stks (5) pol in Dec beating Marble Statuette (9-0) by 8l, 6 ran.
Lord Ofthe Shadows (IRE) 8-1 (9-6) Tracked leader, ridden 2f out, one pace 1f out, no impression after, 5th of 6, 3 1/2l behind Red Refraction (9-5) at Goodwood 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gs in May.
Suehail 10-1 (9-4) Mid-division, outpaced over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 11, 21l behind Berlusca (8-13) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.