Medicean Man stumbled on leaving the stalls at Doncaster 10 days ago and could reverse that form with runner-up Dinkum Diamond, though both would need to improve to get competitive in this better grade. Masamah looks up against it at the weights but Deacon Blues has to go on the short-list as he's done nothing but improve this year. He's never raced over 5f, however, and there must be a danger that he'll find things happening too quickly today as there are several trail-blazers in this who will take no prisoners. One of those is NIGHT CARNATION, whose only failure this season came when badly drawn at Sandown in June. She had Beyond Desire and Astrophysical Jet behind when making amends at the same track in July and, as that race has worked out well, can score again here. Irish filly Katia may be best of the rest.
Masamah (IRE) 25-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, pushed along halfway, ridden over 2f out, every chance 2f out, hung left and weakened over 1f out, eased, 15th of 16, 20l behind Dream Ahead (9-1) at Haydock 6f Grp 1 (1) gf.
Deacon Blues 4-11fav (9-8) Held up, smooth headway to challenge 2f out, soon led and stretched clear final furlong, impressive, won at Curragh 6f Grp 3 gd in Aug beating Empowering (9-1) by 7l, 8 ran.
Kingsgate Native (IRE) 20-1 (9-3) Mid-division, pushed along over 2f out, ridden and weakened approaching final furlong, 10th of 16, 8l behind Dream Ahead (9-1) at Haydock 6f Grp 1 (1) gf.
Medicean Man 11-4fav (9-9) Slowly away, held up in rear, headway over 1f out, ridden inside final furlong, kept on, 3rd of 11, 1 1/2l behind Humidor (9-9) at Doncaster 5f listed stks (1) gd.
Moorhouse Lad 8-1 (8-11) With leader, led halfway, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, ran on, 2nd of 11, hd behind Your Gifted (8-3) at Epsom Downs 5f hcp 0-100 (2) gs in Aug.
Dinkum Diamond (IRE) 5-1 (9-8) Held up mid-division, headway over 2f out, ridden to lead entering final furlong, headed inside final furlong, kept on, 2nd of 11, 1/2l behind Humidor (9-9) at Doncaster 5f listed stks (1) gd.
Night Carnation 11-2 (8-9) Chased leaders on rail, went 2nd inside final 2f, led inside final furlong, ran on strongly, won at Sandown 5f Grp 3 (1) gf in Jul beating Beyond Desire (9-0) by 1 3/4l, 10 ran.
Astrophysical Jet 15-2 (9-0) Slowly into stride, always behind, never on terms, 9th of 10, 8l behind Night Carnation (8-9) at Sandown 5f Grp 3 (1) gf in Jul.
Beyond Desire 9-1 (8-11) Went right start, chased winner until 3f out, pushed along and lost prominent position halfway, driven and headway over 1f out, one pace inside final furlong, weakened to 4th towards finish, 4th of 11, 3 1/2l behind Masamah (9-0) at Goodwood 5f Grp 2 (1) gf in Jul.
Piccadilly Filly (IRE) 80-1 (9-8) Taken to post early, raced far side, always in rear, 14th of 15, 11l behind Margot Did (9-6) at York 5f Grp 1 (1) gs in Aug.
Katla (IRE) 7-2 (9-1) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, headway into 2nd 1f out, soon ridden and disputed, led on line, won at Naas 6f fll lst stks (1) gd in Jul beating Empowering (9-3) by shd, 10 ran.