A chance is taken on RITUAL who was an expensive enough purchase to suggest he may have come on since his debut at Newbury in April, whilst Oh So Spicy may represent the biggest danger with two second places from her first outings and Aalsmeer is respected but has yet to fulfil expectations after some decent runs as a juvenile. We give the tentative vote to Ritual who showed plenty of pace on debut but didn't have enough stamina to last the mile trip, weakening within the final three furlongs. That would suggest today's distance is about right and he can start to pay back his 115,000 guineas price tag paid for him as a yearling. Oh So Spicy has put in some decent efforts on her first two starts and pedigree suggests she may progress further so she is considered in this very open contest. Aalsmeer put in some interesting performances last year but never seemed to improve and she was poor on seasonal debut at Lingfield. Although she is likely to have come on for that opener, she may be best watched on this occasion. Bouncy Bouncy and Mistress Shy are interesting newcomers but we side with Ritual to pick up the win.
Best Known Secret (IRE) 50-1 (9-4) Chased leaders, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 9th of 11, 15l behind Mercers Row (9-3) at Beverley 5f 3yo & 4yo mdn (5) gf in Jun.
Mata Hari Blue 14-1 (9-0) Mid-division, ridden halfway, never a factor, 6th of 13, 5l behind Avonvalley (8-9) at Wolverhampton 5f sell stks (6) pol.
Mottley Crewe 8-1 (9-3) Took keen hold early, tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, edged left inside final furlong, kept on, 3rd of 8, 1 1/2l behind Philosophers Stone (9-3) at Catterick 5f 3yo mdn aut (6) gf in May.
Mount Acclaim (IRE) 10-1 (9-4) Tracked leaders, driven to challenge well over 1f out, soon hung left, weakened inside final furlong, last of 5, 8l behind Pin Cushion (8-12) at Ffos Las 6f 3yo fll stks (5) gf.
Our Angel 50-1 (8-9) Dwelt, soon ridden, never troubled leaders, last of 10, 20l behind Come And Go (9-3) at Haydock 6f 2yo mdn (5) gs in Aug '08.
Ritual (IRE) 9-1 (9-3) Led, edged right and headed well over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 9th of 12, 13l behind Colonel Carter (9-3) at Newbury 1m 3yo mdn (4) gd in Apr.
Salamera (IRE) 25-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, always in rear, 8th of 10, 17l behind Bronze Beau (8-9) at Hamilton 5f mdn sll stks (6) gd.
Spanish Island (USA) El Corredor colt out of Suena Cay.
Aalsmeer 6-1 (8-12) Badly hampered start, soon chased leaders on outside, driven along over 2f out, soon weakened, 10th of 12, 14l behind Mutafajer (9-3) at Lingfield 7f 3yo mdn (5) gf in May.
Bouncy Bouncy (IRE) Chineur filly out of Wunderbra.
Crimson Queen 150-1 (8-12) Prominent, ridden over 2f out, edged right over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 12, 5l behind Pirate Coast (9-3) at Warwick 7f 3yo & 4yo mdn (5) gf.
Junket Medicean filly out of Gallivant.
Ming Meng (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) Very slow away, well behind, soon pulled up, in a race won by Maid In Heaven (9-0) at Pontefract 6f 3yo fll mdn (5) gd in Apr, 10 ran.
Mistress Shy Zafeen filly out of Nicholas Mistress.
Oh So Spicy 3-1 (8-12) Tracked leaders, 4th and outpaced over 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong to go 2nd final 50 yards, no chance with winner, 2nd of 9, 8l behind Qudwah (8-12) at Doncaster 6f mdn stks (5) gf.
Shamarlane 50-1 (8-12) Missed break, always behind, 7th of 9, 23l behind Qudwah (8-12) at Doncaster 6f mdn stks (5) gf.
Sue And Sue 100-1 (8-12) Tracked leaders, driven and outpaced over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 9, 29l behind Qudwah (8-12) at Doncaster 6f mdn stks (5) gf.