With little form to go on, this race comes with the caveat of check the market for any that are being backed or swerved, but we'll tentatively offer our backing to BURGAU ROYAL in preference to Hoof It and Lucky Traveller. Mick Channon's two year olds tend to improve from their debut, and Burgau Royal ran a decent race last week when fourth in a better maiden than this at Windsor. The draw may be against him, but we don't know how much there is here to beat. Hoof It had a couple of months absence between first and second runs, and showed big improvement. Further progress could see him lose his maiden tag, and it may be significant he's dropped in class and trip. Tim Easterby's two year olds are going well, and Lucky Traveller should be all the better for a very green running debut. Of the newcomers, Alan Swinbank's Golden Emperor could be interesting. A modest purchase, with a good draw, breeding suggests he may want further in time. The market can give us more clues, with nearly half of these making their debut, but we'll side with Burgau Royal.
Benny The Bear Rambling Bear gelding out of Mitchelland.
Burgau Royal 25-1 (9-3) Dwelt, mid-division, ridden headway over 1f out, stayed on final furlong, 4th of 11, 7l behind Planet Red (9-3) at Windsor 6f 2yo mdn (4) gd in Jul.
Cape Kimberley Arakan colt out of Etoile Volant.
Fireflash (IRE) 16-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, ridden and lost place halfway, weakened well over 1f out, 9th of 14, 14l behind Bond Fastrac (9-3) at Redcar 6f 2yo mdn (5) gf in Jul.
French Seventyfive 100-1 (9-3) Towards rear, soon chased along, effort over 2f out, never troubled leaders, 4th of 7, 10l behind Layali Al Andalus (9-3) at Doncaster 7f 2yo mdn (5) gd in Jun.
Golden Emperor (IRE) Antonius Pius gelding out of Lily Shing Shang.
Hoof It 8-1 (9-3) Behind, headway over 1f out, one pace, 4th of 12, 13l behind Vale Of York (9-0) at York 7f 2yo mdn aut (4) gd in Jul.
House Of Rules Forzando gelding out of Bramble Bear.
Lucky Traveller 20-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, outpaced halfway, soon ridden and no impression, 5th of 7, 11l behind Merseyside Star (9-3) at Carlisle 6f 2yo mdn (5) gd in Jun.
Blue Avon 20-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, pushed along and gradually lost place from halfway, last of 11, 36l behind Admire The View (9-0) at Thirsk 7f 2yo stks (4) gd in Jul.
Empressofboogie Tobougg filly out of Akhira.