Flying Author and M'Lady Ermyn are easily dismissed but it's a close call between the remainder. Intermath sets the standard with a mark of 83 as he steps up a furlong after a second at Chester while it's too soon to write off previous Haydock winner Snow Squall despite finishing a well beaten third at Newmarket last time. Hiking scored easily on her racecourse debut over 6f at Windsor in June and should be thereabouts but she wears her owners second colours today which points to a big run from FAINTLY. The latter landed a maiden by seven lengths over track and trip last month and Amanda Perrett's colt gets the nod with more to come.
Faintly (USA) 7-4 (9-5) Made all, driven clear inside final furlong, very easily, won at Lingfield 7f 2yo mdn (5) fm in Jul beating Goleador (9-5) by 7l, 4 ran.
Intermath (IRE) 13-2 (9-1) Tracked leaders, effort to chase winner over 1f out, driven and edged right inside final furlong, stayed on, 2nd of 5, 3/4l behind Zaraee (9-1) at Chester 6f 2yo stks (2) gd.
Snow Squall 7-1 (9-5) In touch in rear, ridden over 2f out, kept on final furlong, not trouble leaders, 3rd of 6, 8l behind Shifting Power (9-2) at Newmarket 7f 2yo nov stk (4) gd.
Flying Author (IRE) 66-1 (9-0) Started slowly, outpaced, last of 11, 26l behind Thunder Strike (9-0) at Epsom Downs 6f Listed stks 2yo (1) gd in Jun.
Hiking (USA) 12-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, held up in last pair, good headway on rails 2f out, led over 1f out, soon pushed clear, very easily, won at Windsor 6f 2yo mdn aut (5) gd in Jun beating Sebs Sensei (9-5) by 6l, 11 ran.
M'lady Ermyn 33-1 (7-13) Slowly into stride, chased leaders, pushed along over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 4th of 5, 13l behind Instant Attraction (9-4) at Lingfield 6f 2yo clm stks (6) pol in Jul.