It isn't too often that Andrew Balding runs his three-year-old's in sellers but a decision to do so with Chesil Beach paid off handsomely as she was able to take victory without attracting a bid at the subsequent auction. OPERA FAN appears the pick of a strong raiding party from Mark Johnston's stable tonight and she is accordingly recommended. Admittedly, the daughter of Cape Cross did not appreciate being taken on for the lead on her most recent start but she showed a determined attitude when successful at Beverley earlier in the campaign and she can go well here. Jarlath never travelled at Nottingham and that run is probably best forgotten. Rochambeau gave the impression there was more to come when staying on into a remote sixth at Windsor and any market confidence behind Roger Charlton's gelding should not be ignored on this first try at handicapping.
Masterpaver 8-1 (9-3) Keen in touch, lost place towards rear 6f out, ridden over 2f out, headway entering final furlong, stayed on, 6th of 13, 1 1/2l behind Starlit Cantata (9-5) at Lingfield 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) pol.
Jarlath 5-2fav (9-6) Held up mid-division, headway over 8f out to track leaders, weakened over 2f out, soon eased, last of 7, 50l behind Taws (8-2) at Nottingham 1m 6f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) sft.
Rochambeau (IRE) 12-1 (9-4) Always towards rear, 6th of 12, 12l behind Cape Caster (9-4) at Windsor 1m 2f 3yo mdn aut (5) gd.
Opera Fan (FR) 12-1 (9-3) Slight lead on inside, pushed along over 3f out, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, chased winner but one pace and held when lost 2nd last stride, 3rd of 9, 1 1/2l behind High Master (9-7) at Kempton 1m 3f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) pol.
Daydreamer 5-1 (9-6) In touch, effort when short of room over 1f out, faded final furlong, 6th of 10, 7l behind Maid In Rio (9-4) at Haydock 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gs in May.
Chesil Beach 8-1 (8-0) Tracked leader, ridden 2f out, led inside final furlong, soon pressed, ran on, won at Lingfield 1m 4f 3yo sell stks (6) pol beating Passionate Affair (8-12) by hd, 7 ran.
Flying Author (IRE) 7-1 (8-9) Prominent, led over 5f out, headed over 3f out, weakened, 10th of 15, 36l behind Graphene (9-7) at Bath 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-55 (6) gs in May.