MATTORAL ran green enough on debut but got the hang of things nicely late-on and may well find enough improvement to win at the second time of asking. Peter Makin's colt should go well over this trip at this age and is a sporting alternative to likely market leaders Sagramor and Alshazah. The former showed some improvement at Salisbury over this trip last time and with more likely to come he has to be short-list material, while the latter put up his best run to date over course and distance when a 66-1 shot and on that evidence he should be involved. Joe Le Taxi was hanging on his Ayr debut so a step up in trip and change of direction might favour him.
Alshazah 66-1 (9-3) Led, ridden and headed narrowly well over 1f out, no extra well inside final furlong, 5th of 10, 2l behind Custom House (9-3) at Kempton 7f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol.
Joe Le Taxi (IRE) 14-1 (9-2) With leaders early, chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened, 8th of 9, 27l behind Another Citizen (8-13) at Ayr 6f 2yo mdn aut (5) gd.
Face Value 33-1 (8-10) Mid-division, outpaced over 2f out, never near leaders, 13th of 20, 15l behind Up In Time (8-9) at Newmarket 7f 2yo mdn aut (5) gd.
Go 12-1 (8-12) Led 1f, with leader, lost place over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 10th of 20, 14l behind Up In Time (8-9) at Newmarket 7f 2yo mdn aut (5) gd.
Mattoral 33-1 (8-9) Dwelt, towards rear, headway over 2f out, ran on inside final furlong, nearest finish, 5th of 20, 9l behind Up In Time (8-9) at Newmarket 7f 2yo mdn aut (5) gd.
Benidorm 25-1 (9-3) In rear and green, pushed along and wide over 3f out, kept on final 2f, no impression, 4th of 7, 9l behind Golden Hinde (9-3) at Beverley 1m 2yo mdn (5) gf in Aug.
Special Endeavour (IRE) 100-1 (9-3) Led early, prominent, ridden over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 7th of 12, 5l behind Enthusing (9-3) at Newbury 6f 2yo mdn (4) gd.
Rum Sun N Sand (USA) 33-1 (8-12) Went left start, towards rear, not much room over 2f out, no impression, 11th of 13, 13l behind Indieslad (9-3) at Beverley 5f 2yo mdn (5) gd.
Sagramor 9-4fav (8-9) Took keen hold, tracked leaders, switched right over 2f out, ridden to chase winner over 1f out, stayed on, no impression, 2nd of 14, 4l behind Catalyze (8-9) at Salisbury 7f 2yo mdn aut (5) gf in Aug.
Notify 66-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, always towards rear, 12th of 14, 15l behind Ragsah (9-0) at Kempton 7f 2yo mdn fll (4) pol in Aug.