Byron Blue has scored over 1m6f at Haydock and should stay this longer distance. He was well beaten off today's mark last time, however, and the less exposed AWESOME PEARL makes more appeal. He went close over 1m4f at this track on his latest start and looks the type his yard does so well with over these staying trips. Queen's Star is another 1m6f winner who should have no trouble with the trip if good enough though Jorum's breeding gives mixed signals regarding her stamina and she was beaten out of sight on her handicap debut over 1m4f.
Awesome Pearl (USA) 13-2 (9-3) Tracked leaders, effort on inside well over 1f out, soon ridden, kept on and every chance inside final furlong, held near finish, 3rd of 11, 3/4l behind Arch Villain (9-0) at Kempton 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in May.
Byron Blue (IRE) 5-2fav (9-4) Took keen hold in touch, headway on near side rail over 2f out, stayed on to 3rd final 120 yards, 3rd of 8, 4 1/2l behind Queen's Star (8-2) at Sandown 1m 6f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Jul.
Jorum 9-2 (9-1) Pushed along in rear, weakened over 3f out, 7th of 8, 29l behind Maybeagrey (8-3) at Pontefract 1m 4f flls hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Jul.
Saharan Air (IRE) 12-1 (9-5) Held up towards rear, pushed along 4f out, never a factor, 14th of 15, 40l behind Renegotiate (9-1) at Brighton 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jun.
Queen's Star 11-4 (8-13) Led after 1f, headed over 4f out, lost 2nd 4f out, hung left over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 5th of 9, 9l behind Solar View (8-6) at Chepstow 2m hcp 0-60 (6) fm in Jul.
Ctappers 33-1 (8-10) Behind, headway over 3f out, soon no impression, 9th of 10, 19l behind Somemothersdohavem (9-3) at Yarmouth 1m 6f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jun.
Omega Omega 33-1 (9-0) Led after 2f, ridden and headed over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 13th of 14, 30l behind Phantom Ranch (8-8) at Nottingham 2m 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) gd.