Nant Saeson didn't show a great deal of progress when third at Sandown last time, though he's still preferred to Thirsty Bear and Humungosaur. However, three of the newcomers take the eye and one of them could easily be good enough to score at the first time of asking. The American-bred Tales Of Grimm cost 320,000gns at the sales in April but has no fancy entries as yet, while Firdaws is out of an Oaks winner and has an entry in the Fillies Mile at Newmarket next month. John Gosden won a division of this in 2009 with Breeders' Cup Juvenile hero Pounced and entries in the Dewhurst and the Racing Post Trophy suggest THE NILE could be of a similar ilk. He gets the vote here.
Byron Blue (IRE) Dylan Thomas colt out of High Society.
Chil The Kite Notnowcato colt out of Copy-cat.
Clone Devil (IRE) 125-1 (8-10) Held up, weakened 2f out, 10th of 11, 26l behind Sanad (9-3) at Nottingham 6f 2yo mdn (5) gf in Jul.
Hint Of Mint Passing Glance colt out of Juno Mint.
Humungosaur 14-1 (9-0) Went right start, tracked leaders, ridden and outpaced over 1f out, kept on towards finish, 4th of 7, 6l behind Zumbi (9-0) at Ascot 6f 2yo mdn (2) gd in Jul.
Johnno 33-1 (9-3) Went right start, in rear, ridden 3f out, headway entering final furlong, never near leaders, 6th of 11, 11l behind Caledonian Spring (9-3) at Ascot 7f 2yo mdn (3) gs in Jul.
Kings Decree Proclamation gelding out of Nina Fontenail.
Nant Saeson (IRE) 7-1 (9-3) Close up, ridden and not quicken 2f out, stayed on to go 3rd inside final furlong, not trouble leaders, 3rd of 12, 2 1/2l behind Clare Island Boy (9-3) at Sandown 7f 2yo mdn (5) sft in Jul.
Never Satisfied Haafhd colt out of Pirouetting.
Tales Of Grimm (USA) Distorted Humor colt out of Stupendous Miss.
The Nile Three Valleys colt out of Delta.
Thirsty Bear 12-1 (9-0) Led, ran off 1st bend a little, ran completely off bend approaching straight and headed over 2f out, no impression after, 9th of 10, 42l behind Riviera Poet (9-0) at Galway 7f 2yo mdn gd in Jul.
True Prince (USA) 66-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, always behind, 15th of 16, 32l behind Nawwaar (9-0) at Goodwood 7f 2yo mdn (2) gf in Jul.
Firdaws (USA) Mr Greeley filly out of Eswarah.
Sammie Fallon (IRE) Intikhab filly out of Ishimagic.