BILLY BUTTONS will be a short-price to lose his maiden tag after going close at Windsor last time. The form looks rock-solid with the winner and third having boosted the form since and Andrew Balding's charge is the one to beat. Rocky Rebel should have come on for his belated seasonal debut and can figure along with Star Commander, who has come up against a couple of decent sorts at Pontefract on his last two starts. Steely should also go well without looking good enough to win, while Novirak is worth a second look on his debut as he's a half-brother to a Group 3 winner.
Father Martin (IRE) 125-1 (9-13) Slowly into stride, held up in rear, pushed along over 3f out, soon weakened, tailed off, last of 13, well behind Anatolian (9-3) at Windsor 1m 2f 3yo & 4yo mdn (5) gf in Jul.
Colliers Castle (IRE) 100-1 (9-6) Held up towards rear on outer, effort over 2f out, never a factor, 7th of 10, 31l behind Cape Rising (9-9) at Ripon 1m 4f mdn stks (5) gd.
Famagusta 150-1 (9-2) Soon led, headed over 3f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 12, 13l behind Top Diktat (9-3) at Yarmouth 1m 1f mdn auc stks (6) sft in Jul.
Billy Buttons 14-1 (9-3) Took keen hold, led 1f, pressed winner, pushed along and strong challenge from 2f out, hard ridden final furlong, just held, 2nd of 13, hd behind Anatolian (9-3) at Windsor 1m 2f 3yo & 4yo mdn (5) gf in Jul.
Full Stretch (USA) 33-1 (9-3) Very slowly away, always behind, tailed off, last of 11, 39l behind Chilled (9-3) at Leicester 1m 3yo mdn aut (5) gd in May.
Novirak (IRE) Noverre gelding out of Manchaca.
Rocky Rebel 14-1 (9-1) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 8th of 11, 9l behind Stand To Reason (9-5) at Sandown 1m hcp 0-80 (4) sft in Jul.
Star Commander 4-1 (8-13) Tracked winner, ridden 2f out, one pace and lost 2 places inside final furlong, 4th of 8, 8l behind Thubiaan (8-13) at Pontefract 1m 4f mdn stks (5) gf in Jul.
Steely 33-1 (9-2) In touch in 5th, headway on inside well over 1f out, stayed on to 3rd final 110 yards, no chance with leading duo, 3rd of 8, 3 1/2l behind Chatterer (8-4) at Lingfield 1m 2f mdn auc stks (6) pol in Jun.