WASAN looks the class act in this field and he is taken to get the better of King Of Rome, Perks and Copperbeech. The selection chased home All The Aces in a Listed contest at Newmarket back in June when he was no match for the winner. He had previously won in this grade and with the drop in trip in his favour today he sets the standard for the others. King Of Rome has been a little disappointing of late but there is little doubt that on the pick of his form he would have a big chance. If he were to bounce back to form then he would be the one to beat, but he will need to show a bit more of his old sparkle before we are prepared to put him forward as a bet. Perks ran well for a long way in Listed company at Pontefract last time before fading close home, while Copperbeech hails from a yard in good form and she is unexposed. Philatelist has gone well here in the past but he may find this company too hot to handle, and we will stick with Wasan as the choice.
Wasan 3-1 (9-0) Held up in touch, came centre over 7f out, ridden 3f out, went 3rd over 1f out, kept on one pace, 2nd of 5, 6l behind All The Aces (9-0) at Newmarket 1m 4f Listed stks (1) gd in Jun.
Acclaimed (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) Held up in touch, no impression from over 1f out, 5th of 11, 7l behind Gitano Hernando (8-9) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f stks (3yo+) (3) pol.
Doubnov (FR) 40-1 (9-8) Towards rear, never dangerous, 14th of 18, well behind Furmigadelagiusta (9-8) at York 1m 4f hcp 0-105 (2) gs in May.
King Of Rome (IRE) 22-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 6, 11l behind Doctor Fremantle (9-8) at Newbury 1m 3f Grp 3 (1) gf.
Perks (IRE) 4-1 (9-1) Slowly into stride, soon close up, ridden over 2f out, stayed on final furlong, 3rd of 9, 2 1/2l behind Khateeb (9-1) at Pontefract 1m Listed stks (1) gd in Jul.
Philatelist (USA) (9-6) 8th of 12, 13l behind Balius (9-6) at Veliefendi(TUR) 1m 2f Grp 2 std.
Rock Ascot (URU) 66-1 (9-3) In rear, behind final 3f, tailed off, 13th of 14, 39l behind Manyriverstocross (9-0) at Goodwood 1m 6f hcp 105 (2) gd in Jul.
Beauchamp Xerxes 20-1 (8-8) Held up in 4th, keen hold, pushed along 3f out, switched right over 2f out, soon hung left, hard driven and stayed on inside final furlong, went 2nd last stride, 2nd of 6, 1l behind Charlie Farnsbarns (8-11) at Newbury 1m 1f cond Stakes (3) gf.
Heliodor (USA) 100-1 (8-9) Held up, ridden when hampered over 2f out, not troubled leaders, 6th of 10, 8l behind Kirklees (9-9) at Kempton 1m 4f Group 3 stks (3yo+) (1) pol.
Copperbeech (IRE) 7-4fav (9-0) Tracked leaders in 3rd, pushed along 3f out, driven 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 8, 8l behind Moneycantbuymelove (9-0) at Goodwood 1m 2f 3yo fll lst stsk (1) gf in May.