It's proved tough to carry a penalty to success in this Group 2 in the past but the reliable Caspar Netscher looks sure to run his race again. He had B Fifty Two behind when landing the Gimcrack at York, though this 6f will be a tougher examination of his credentials. Along with B Fifty Two and Factory Time, he was also behind SAIGON in a Listed race over C&D in July. The placings were reversed at Goodwood the following month but James Toller's juvenile clearly didn't enjoy that track and his latest third to Shumoos at Kempton, ahead of Crown Dependency, shows he's back on track and he gets the vote. Otto The Great and Swiss Spirit are still on an upward curve but have more to do than in recent wins at Windsor and York respectively.
Caspar Netscher 5-1 (8-12) Held up, switched left and headway over 1f out, soon led and hung right, ridden and ran on, won at York 6f 2yo Grp 2 (1) gs in Aug beating Lilbourne Lad (9-1) by 2 1/4l, 9 ran.
B Fifty Two (IRE) 8-1 (8-12) Tracked leaders, ridden and effort 2f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 5th of 9, 4l behind Caspar Netscher (8-12) at York 6f 2yo Grp 2 (1) gs in Aug.
Crown Dependency (IRE) 7-2 (9-0) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, never on terms, 5th of 7, 3 1/2l behind Shumoos (8-11) at Kempton 6f 2yo Grp 3 (1) pol.
Factory Time (IRE) 33-1 (8-3) Held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, soon went 2nd, stayed on towards finish, 2nd of 21, 1/2l behind Reply (9-2) at Doncaster 6f 2yo aut (2) gd.
Foxtrot Romeo (IRE) 12-1 (8-13) Tracked winner, ridden over 1f out, one pace inside final furlong, 4th of 5, 1 3/4l behind Eureka (9-3) at Doncaster 6f 2yo stks (2) gd.
Otto The Great 13-2 (9-3) Made all, ridden over 1f out, ran on, comfortable, won at Windsor 6f 2yo mdn (5) gd in Jul beating Not Bad For A Boy (9-3) by 4l, 12 ran.
Redact (IRE) 9-2 (9-2) Pushed along early, behind, driven and outpaced over 2f out, never able to challenge, 8th of 9, 8l behind Gerfalcon (9-2) at Ripon 6f Listed stks 2yo (1) sft in Aug.
Saigon 3-1 (9-0) Held up in rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, ran on well, never reached leaders, 3rd of 7, 3/4l behind Shumoos (8-11) at Kempton 6f 2yo Grp 3 (1) pol.
Swiss Spirit 4-6fav (9-3) Took keen hold tracking leaders, led on bit over 2f out, joined and pressed entering final furlong, stayed on to assert final 100 yards, won at York 6f 2yo mdn (3) gd in Jun beating Discression (9-3) by 1l, 10 ran.