THE HOLYMAN bounced back to form last time to record his fourth win at the track. He's upped 4lb but won a shade cosily and can go in again. Black Minstrel missed the whole of last year but was sent off odds-on to make a winning return and duly obliged. But he has an 8lb rise to contend with and the three-year-olds Invasor Luck and Grace And Favour make more appeal. Wolverhampton winner Filament Of Gold was tailed off last time while Crystal Pearl didn't appear to stay this longer trip at Newmarket back in May.
The Holyman (IRE) 8-1 (9-2) Always prominent, every chance from over 1f out, led inside final furlong, stayed on strongly, won at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jun beating Warrigal (9-2) by 1/2l, 9 ran.
Red Pilgrim (IRE) 15-2 (9-4) Slowly into stride, towards rear, pushed along 4f out, soon beaten, last of 9, well behind Afro (8-10) at Newbury 1m 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gs in May.
Passion Play 33-1 (8-11) Led early, soon chasing leaders, lost place over 4f out, tailed off, last of 9, 37l behind The Holyman (9-2) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jun.
Black Minstrel (IRE) 4-5fav (9-7) Steadied start, held up in rear, not clear run on inside over 2f out until switched right 2f out, good headway soon after, went over 3 lengths 2nd and plenty to do over 1f out, switched right entering final furlong, closed to lead close home, won at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Apr beating Salient (8-13) by 1/2l, 9 ran.
Invasor Luck (USA) 10-1 (9-2) Held up mid-division, ridden over 3f out, one pace from over 1f out, no impression, 7th of 10, 8l behind Lungarno Palace (9-5) at Newmarket 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Jun.
Grace And Favour 8-1 (8-12) Held up in touch, went 4th over 2f out, stayed on same pace final furlong, 4th of 9, 3l behind Swan Lakes (8-12) at Chepstow 1m 4f fll mdn stks (5) gd in Jun.
Crystal Pearl 15-2 (9-0) Close up, pressed winner 3f out, ridden 2f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 4th of 5, 12l behind Sebastian Beach (9-0) at Newmarket 1m 4f 3yo stk 0-75 (5) gd in May.
Filament Of Gold (USA) 25-1 (9-3) Never travelled towards rear, pushed along over 6f out, ridden and struggling over 3f out, last of 10, 42l behind Arab Dawn (9-7) at Kempton 1m 3f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) pol in May.