A fair opener and BLACK N BREW is the pick with Amazing Tiger and You've Been Mowed others to make appeal. The drop down to seven furlongs seemed to bring about improvement from the gelding and at this half way house trip of a mile, we are confident he can run a sound race as he has shown aptitude on this surface previously. Amazing Tiger was a little below par at Epsom. He got plenty of weight for a convincing success at Musselburgh though the decision to come all the way here is interesting. You've Been Mowed won a weak contest at Brighton with some authority. Life will be tougher off a 4lb higher mark this afternoon. Al Sabaheya seems to be more consistent for the application of headgear. He dead-heated with our selection for third place at Folkestone when they last met. Penton Hook makes a belated reappearance. Trueblue Wizard can be forgiven for needing his first run back after seven months off and with William Muir having winners, it would be folly to dismiss him if the market speaks in his favour. Plenty of plausible winners and Black N Brew is the recommendation.
Prince Of Thebes (IRE) 8-1 (9-8) Took keen hold, soon led, ridden and headed 2f out, soon beaten, 7th of 9, 6l behind Seasonal Cross (9-6) at Salisbury 1m hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Sep.
Shannersburg (IRE) 40-1 (9-4) In rear, effort over 1f out, soon weakened, 6th of 8, 9l behind Ordoney (9-3) at Folkestone 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Sep.
Amazing Tiger (GER) 13-2 (8-5) Led, ridden and headed over 2f out, soon lost place, weakened final furlong, 6th of 7, 8l behind Roar Of Applause (8-8) at Epsom Downs 1m 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gf.
Eastern Gift 16-1 (8-12) In rear, pushed along and headway approaching final furlong, never nearer, 6th of 12, 2l behind Dvinsky (9-5) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Al Sabaheya 13-2 (9-1) Tracked winner, challenged and every chance from 2f out, driven and unable to quicken inside final furlong, 3rd of 9, 1 1/4l behind Arteus (8-13) at Folkestone 7f hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Black N Brew (USA) 20-1 (9-0) In touch, pushed along and outpaced 3f out, ridden and headway entering final furlong, stayed on towards finish, 3rd of 9, 1 1/4l behind Arteus (8-13) at Folkestone 7f hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Daniel Thomas (IRE) 20-1 (9-6) Held up and always in rear, last of 8, 11l behind Cheam Forever (9-1) at Warwick 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Sep.
Trueblue Wizard (IRE) 16-1 (8-8) Led, ridden and strongly pressed from 2f out, kept narrow advantage until headed inside final furlong, no extra, 6th of 11, 2 3/4l behind Luc Jordan (8-13) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Sep.
Penton Hook 6-1 (8-9) Led far side group to 1f out, rallied gamely near finish, just failed, 2nd of 14, ns behind Tombov (8-8) at Folkestone 7f 2yo mdn aut (5) gs in Aug '08.
In The Mood (IRE) 11-1 (9-8) Took keen hold, tracked leaders, went 2nd 3f out, led 2f out, hung right well inside final furlong, headed towards finish, 2nd of 11, 1/2l behind Dichoh (9-5) at Salisbury 1m hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Sep.
You've Been Mowed 25-1 (8-4) Made all, ridden 2 lengths clear over 1f out, kept on well, unchallenged, won at Brighton 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Sep beating Magroom (9-3) by 1 1/4l, 10 ran.