AHTOUG is the obvious one here, while Last Destination, Anddante and Mysterious Bounty are others with experience and each is worth noting in the betting. The last named was well backed on debut but failed to live up expectations due to inexperience. Sure to be wiser this time around, the Michael Dodds-trained colt is one to seriously monitor in the betting - it's also noteworthy the yard won this race with a similar type last year. Anddante looks the pick of Tim Easterby's duo (the Yorkshire man also sends out Dark Dune) and, having shown plenty of promise at Ripon 12 days ago; the son of Antonius Pius is very likely to have a great deal more to offer. Entered in York's big sales in August, the colt has to be considered a threat. Last Destination also posted a very promising effort when introduced at Beverley last month; he may well have won had he not met trouble in running a furlong out. The son of Dubai Destination showed plenty of speed that day and, even though his pedigree suggests he will be suited by at least a mile in time, a similar effort would bring him into the thick of the argument today. However, Ahtoug showed a very willing attitude when he came under pressure in a similar race at Haydock in April and, with Mahmood Al Zarooni now buoyed by his first classic success (German 2,000 Guineas) at the weekend, everything appears to be in place for Godolphin's new golden boy to also show his talents at a more modest level.
Ahtoug 7-4fav (9-3) Held up in touch, headway over 2f out, led approaching final furlong, ridden and under pressure inside final furlong, headed close home, 2nd of 8, shd behind Clarke Lane (9-3) at Haydock 6f 2yo mdn (5) gf.
Anddante (IRE) 25-1 (9-3) With leader, every chance from 2f out, hard ridden to challenge over 1f out, stayed on well, 3rd of 8, 1/2l behind Breathless Storm (9-3) at Ripon 6f 2yo mdn (5) gf.
Aprication (IRE) 40-1 (8-11) Always behind, soon outpaced, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 9, 33l behind Choose Wisely (8-11) at Carlisle 5f 2yo mdn aut (5) gd.
Dark Dune (IRE) 7-1 (9-1) Chased leaders, effort over 1f out, soon weakened, 4th of 5, 8l behind Puddle Duck (8-12) at Ripon 5f 2yo mdn aut (5) gf.
Downtown Boy (IRE) Kheleyf gelding out of Uptown.
Eland Ally Striking Ambition gelding out of Dream Rose.
Green Pastures (IRE) Diamond Green gelding out of Continuous.
Kodicil (IRE) Kodiac gelding out of Miss Caoimhe.
Last Destination (IRE) 18-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, ridden to lead inside final furlong, headed towards finish, 2nd of 12, hd behind Dads Amigo (9-3) at Beverley 5f 2yo mdn aut (6) gd.
Move In Time 33-1 (9-3) In rear, ridden halfway, some headway when hung left over 1f out, 11th of 16, 18l behind Elzaam (9-3) at York 6f 2yo mdn (3) gf.
Mr Shifter Auction House gelding out of Laser Crystal.
Mysterious Bounty (IRE) 7-2fav (9-3) Towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, no impression, 4th of 9, 6l behind On The High Tops (9-3) at Newcastle 5f 2yo mdn aut (5) gf.
Roman Ruler (IRE) Antonius Pius colt out of Way Of Truth.
Sophie's Hero Intikhab gelding out of Esteraad.
Livinadream Golan filly out of Monte Calvo.
Wanchai Minx Fasliyev filly out of Lady Pahia.