They may have been aiming too high, but the fact that connections even thought about entering NOBLE GREEK in a Group 2 earlier in the campaign tells us plenty about its chances of breaking the duck here and John Best's colt can do the business, while Key Art can emerge next best. The selection failed to justify favouritism last time at York in a very good maiden after being tried in the Group 2 July Stakes at Newmarket. Even so, the form of that latest run is strong in the context of this race and a reproduction of that latest effort should comfortably suffice. Key Art has finished runner-up on three of his five starts, all on turf and should be able to handle this surface. The minimum trip is ideal for now and he just can't seem to find any extra close to home, meaning that he is vulnerable again today. Art Summer is worth another try back at this trip and from a plumb draw, she should find herself in the thick of it, while I'malwaysright's run behind Italian Tom reads well enough and he is proven on this surface, so he cannot be ruled out. Neither debutant looks one for today and Bush Master and Ajara Boy both need to raise their game, so Noble Greek is a confident choice.
Ajara Boy 100-1 (9-3) Dwelt, always in rear, ridden over 2f out, no headway, last of 6, 17l behind Racy (9-3) at Pontefract 6f 2yo mdn (4) gf in Sep.
Bush Master 33-1 (8-10) Raced centre, held up, ridden and headway 2f out, stayed on same pace final furlong, 4th of 11, 3l behind Mister Hughie (9-6) at Haydock 6f 2yo hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Sep.
I'malwaysright (IRE) 8-1 (9-7) Dwelt and awkward leaving stalls, behind, headway and edged right over 1f out, ran on to take 2nd near finish, no chance with winner, 2nd of 11, 1 1/2l behind Italian Tom (9-4) at Kempton 5f 2yo hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Sep.
Key Art (IRE) 11-4 (9-3) Pressed winner, every chance 2f out, no impression 1f out, just held on for 2nd, 2nd of 9, 4 1/2l behind Citrus Star (9-3) at Pontefract 5f 2yo mdn aut (5) gf in Sep.
Noble Greek (USA) 3-1fav (9-3) With leaders, ridden over 1f out, stayed on under pressure inside final furlong, took 2nd near finish, 2nd of 9, 1 1/4l behind Businessman (9-3) at York 6f 2yo mdn (2) gf in Aug.
Pirate's Song 11-4 (9-3) Pulled hard and prominent, pushed along 2f out, weakened final furlong, 3rd of 7, 7l behind Ongoodform (9-3) at Yarmouth 6f 2yo mdn (5) gf in Sep.
Stoneacre Joe (IRE) Iron Mask colt out of Jarmar Moon.
Art Summer 7-2 (9-0) Mid-division, pushed along 4f out, headway to chase winner entering final 2f, one pace final furlong, 3rd of 8, 2 3/4l behind Fenella Rose (8-11) at Epsom Downs 6f fll mdn stks (5) gf in Sep.
Bellini Rose (IRE) Bertolini filly out of Prospectress.
Wannabee (IRE) 66-1 (8-11) Slowly into stride, always towards rear, last of 11, 26l behind Interlace (9-0) at Kempton 6f 2yo mdn fll (5) pol in Sep.