Oasis Cannes has yet to run a bad race over 7f since making his debut over a shorter trip. He was only beaten a neck by Aussie Reigns when favourite at Goodwood last time and, despite a further 2lb rise in the weights, seems sure to be thereabouts again. But he could find one of his less-exposed rivals too good on this occasion with both Makafeh and Rafale coming here off the back of maiden wins having only had two starts. The latter's trainer, Richard Hannon, also fields Red Adair while Rated is standing up well to a busy schedule but the booking of Frankie Dettori for FREEPORT could be significant and Brian Meehan's colt, who's been keeping decent company in maidens, can make a winning debut in handicaps.
Oasis Cannes 7-2fav (8-11) Led, driven along with 1 length lead 1f out, looked likely winner until no extra and caught close home, 2nd of 13, nk behind Aussie Reigns (7-10) at Goodwood 7f 2yo hcp (2) gd.
Makafeh 5-1 (9-3) Keen tracked leaders, led 2f out, headed approaching final furlong, ridden and rallied to lead again final strides, won going away, won at Yarmouth 7f 2yo mdn (5) sft in Jul beating Huntsmans Close (9-3) by 1/2l, 8 ran.
Rated 5-1 (9-3) Held up in rear, not much room just inside 3f out, headway when not clear run over 2f out, chased winner over 1f out, no impression inside final furlong, lost 2nd close home, 3rd of 8, 2 1/4l behind Salutation (8-9) at Newcastle 7f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Rafale 20-1 (9-3) Slowly into stide and ran green towards rear, good headway on outside 2f out, strong run inside final furlong to lead final 50 yards, won going away, won at Bath 6f 2yo mdn aut (6) fm in Jul beating Whistling Buddy (9-3) by 1l, 13 ran.
Red Adair (IRE) 3-1fav (9-2) Prominent, pushed along and lost several places over 4f out, weakened inside final furlong, 11th of 14, 8l behind Front Page News (8-6) at Windsor 6f 2yo mdn aut (5) gd in Jun.
Freeport 8-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders in 3rd, ridden over 1f out kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 7, 1 1/2l behind Here Comes When (9-3) at Salisbury 7f 2yo mdn (4) gf in Jul.