Fort Bastion was runner-up to Maybe in the Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot but already gives the impression we won't see the best of him until he tackles a mile so this opener can go to JOHN LIGHTBODY. A decisive winner of a Sandown maiden on debut, Mark Johnston's colt can take this step up in grade in his stride. Despite still showing signs of inexperience, Ralph Beckett's grey Pearl Mix won by seven lengths at Kempton on his second start and still has plenty of scope. He could be best of the rest though Chandlery, who finished in mid-division in the Coventry Stakes, should appreciate the extra and appears to have the beating of Commissar on the form book.
Chandlery (IRE) 50-1 (9-1) Raced centre, held up in rear, under pressure when groups merged over 2f out, soon beaten, 11th of 23, 7l behind Power (9-1) at Royal Ascot 6f 2yo Grp 2 (1) gd in Jun.
Commissar 8-1 (9-1) Raced centre, tracked leaders, weakening when groups merged over 2f out, eased final furlong, 22nd of 23, 31l behind Power (9-1) at Royal Ascot 6f 2yo Grp 2 (1) gd in Jun.
Fort Bastion (IRE) 9-2 (9-3) Held up mid-division, headway to challenge over 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, not quicken, 2nd of 16, 2 1/4l behind Maybe (8-12) at Royal Ascot 7f Listed stks 2yo (1) sft in Jun.
Ghostwriting (USA) 4-1 (9-3) Well away, close up until outpaced in 5th and pushed along halfway, headway over 1f out, chasing leader when hampered well inside final furlong, pushed along and ran on to lead close home, comfortably, won at Wolverhampton 7f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Jun beating Juno The Muffinman (9-3) by nk, 9 ran.
John Lightbody 3-1fav (9-3) Tracked leader, led 2f out, ridden and stayed on strongly inside final furlong, won at Sandown 7f 2yo mdn (5) gd in Jun beating Iceni Girl (8-12) by 1 3/4l, 10 ran.
Pearl Mix (IRE) 5-6fav (9-3) Led, ridden and edged left of 1f out, soon clear, easily, won at Kempton 7f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Jun beating Quick Bite (8-12) by 7l, 12 ran.
Red Duke (USA) 1-2fav (9-3) Held up in touch, headway over 3f out, every chance over 1f out, led entering final furlong, driven out, won at Redcar 7f 2yo mdn (5) gd in Jun beating Rock Supreme (9-0) by 1l, 8 ran.
Sehnsucht (IRE) 11-4fav (9-3) Took keen hold, chased leaders on inside, ridden and unable to quicken 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, took 3rd close home, 3rd of 10, 4 1/2l behind Talwar (9-3) at Sandown 7f 2yo mdn (5) gd.
Silverheels (IRE) 8-11fav (9-5) Keen tracked winner, ridden over 2f out, outpaced over 1f out, rallied inside final furlong, ran on to go 2nd close home, 2nd of 3, nk behind Ralphy Boy (9-5) at Haydock 6f 2yo nov stk (4) gf in Jun.
Sir Glanton (IRE) 7-2 (8-8) Held up in touch, headway under pressure over 2f out, stayed on well, never reached winner, 2nd of 7, 2 1/4l behind Eureka (8-10) at Salisbury 6f 2yo aut (3) gf in Jun.
Sound Advice 15-2 (9-3) Stumbled start, behind, hung left off bend turning for home 4f out, came alone towards stands rail, headway over 2f out, led inside final furlong, ran on well, won at Musselburgh 7f 2yo mdn (5) gd in Jun beating Alabanda (8-12) by 1 3/4l, 6 ran.