It looks safe to ignore both Cool And Clear and Princess Cammie on today's terms and Just Past Andover continues to regress but there's not much between the remainder. Triple Aitch and Bapak Muda have been racing over further while Elusive Gold has struggled in handicaps since scoring at Lingfield in April. EASTERN DRAGON won at Wolverhampton in the same month and finished four lengths ahead of Grace Hull when third at the same track last time. Michael Scudamore's charge gets the vote in a tricky opener.
Bapak Muda (USA) 5-1 (9-3) Chased leader, led halfway, pushed along 3f out, ridden and joined 2f out, stayed on well until no extra and headed towards finish, 2nd of 13, 1/2l behind Exclusion (8-10) at Southwell 1m mdn hcp 0-60 (6) fbs.
Cool And Clear (IRE) 50-1 (8-7) Bumped start, tracked leaders, weakened over 1f out, 10th of 12, 20l behind The Scuttler (9-2) at Salisbury 1m 3yo app hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Jun.
Eastern Dragon (IRE) 7-2fav (9-2) Held up, not clear run and switched left well over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, went 3rd towards finish, 3rd of 12, 2l behind Fossa (9-4) at Wolverhampton 6f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Elusive Gold (IRE) 8-1 (9-4) Chased leaders, ridden inside final 2f, weakened final furlong, 8th of 13, 9l behind Glossy Posse (9-10) at Salisbury 6f fll hcp (5) gf in Jun.
Grace Hull 25-1 (9-7) Held up, ridden over 2f out, headway well over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 7th of 12, 6l behind Fossa (9-4) at Wolverhampton 6f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Just Past Andover (IRE) 8-1 (9-4) In touch towards rear, ridden halfway, weakened over 1f out, last of 7, 14l behind Miako (8-12) at Southwell 5f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Feb.
Princess Cammie (IRE) 11-1 (8-3) Led untl over 4f out, chased leader until over 1f out, went 2nd again soon after, edged left under pressure inside final furlong, outpaced to 4th towards finish, 4th of 13, 2 1/2l behind Glossy Posse (9-10) at Salisbury 6f fll hcp (5) gf in Jun.
Triple Aitch (USA) 8-1 (8-13) Prominent, ridden and every chance from 2f out, not quicken near finish, 3rd of 8, 1l behind Napinda (8-2) at Yarmouth 7f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jun.