Nullarbor Sky defied a 10lb leap in the weights to score at Yarmouth in June but will find this tougher after a further rise. GABRIAL THE HERO popped up at 16/1 at Doncaster on his return from nearly two years off the track. He can confirm running with Odin and go in again despite a 4lb higher mark as though Pasaka Boy has dropped back to a winning mark, it was soft ground when he won at Newbury last season but Astra Hall remains in the handicapper's grip on the evidence of her recent form.
Nullarbor Sky (IRE) 1-2fav (9-3) Made most, joined over 3f out until over 2f out, 2 lengths clear over 1f out, ridden out, won at Yarmouth 1m 3f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jun beating Ethics Girl (8-2) by 1/2l, 4 ran.
Gabrial The Hero (USA) 16-1 (9-2) Heavily restrained leaving stalls, took keen hold and held up last, headway on outside over 1f out, 2nd inside final furlong, pushed along to lead final 150 yards, won going away and eased close home, won at Doncaster 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jul beating Kingscroft (8-11) by 1 1/4l, 10 ran.
Pasaka Boy 12-1 (9-4) Held up in last trio, pushed along over 2f out, headway on outside over 1f out, kept on into 4th inside final furlong, no chance with leading duo, 4th of 7, 2 3/4l behind Border Legend (9-12) at Newbury 1m 2f hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Jul.
Odin (IRE) 33-1 (9-6) Held up towards rear, pushed along 3f out, headway over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, went 3rd close home, 3rd of 10, 3l behind Gabrial The Hero (9-2) at Doncaster 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jul.
Astra Hall 9-1 (10-0) Took keen hold, tracked leader 3f, chased leading pair, disputing close 2nd over 1f out, ridden and weakened final furlong, 6th of 7, 6l behind Quest For More (9-10) at Doncaster 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Jul.
Tindaro (FR) 12-1 (9-7) Held up mid-division, ridden and headway over 2f out, kept on to take 4th towards finish, 4th of 10, 4l behind Nanton (8-13) at Doncaster 1m 7f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Jul.
Lady Of Yue 40-1 (8-9) Tracked leader, ridden 3f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 8, 23l behind Connecticut (9-1) at Newmarket 1m 4f hcp 0-90 (3) gf in Jul.