TAURUS TWINS gets the speculative vote as his latest fifth at York may have come too soon after beating today's rival Kingsgate Choice a length at Nottingham. He's just preferred to Le Toreador who just got the better of Showboating over C&D on his latest start though the latter re-opposes on better terms. Nomoreblondes is upped a grade having landed a double at Catterick in May and will find this tougher while Cardinal's winning run came to end off today's mark at Warwick last time. Recent Sandown winner Solemn will appreciate any further softening of the ground as will Pearl Blue.
Kingsgate Choice (IRE) 6-1 (9-9) Tracked leaders, ridden and every chance over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 10, 4l behind Bosun Breese (9-5) at Ayr 5f hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Jun.
Solemn 5-1 (10-5) Chased leader, led 2f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, chased winner, held when lost 2nd post, 3rd of 8, 3 1/2l behind Naabegha (10-2) at Salisbury 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Jun.
Dancing Freddy (IRE) 16-1 (9-10) Held mid-division, ridden over 1f out, one pace, 7th of 10, 4 1/2l behind Bosun Breese (9-5) at Ayr 5f hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Jun.
Excel Bolt 14-1 (9-2) Prominent, ridden and every chance well over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, last of 16, 15l behind Bajan Tryst (9-10) at Musselburgh 5f hcp 105 (2) gs in Jun.
Le Toreador 15-2 (9-12) Chased leader, headway to lead over 1f out, ridden out, won at Newmarket 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Jun beating Showboating (9-3) by 3/4l, 7 ran.
Taurus Twins 25-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, driven over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 17, 4 1/2l behind Judge 'n Jury (9-8) at York 5f hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Jun.
Long Awaited (IRE) 9-1 (9-7) In touch, weakened halfway, last of 17, 30l behind Judge 'n Jury (9-8) at York 5f hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Jun.
Albany Rose (IRE) 14-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, pushed along over 1f out, soon faded, 8th of 10, 8l behind Angels Will Fall (8-11) at Ayr 5f fll lst stks (1) gd in Jun.
Edge Closer 33-1 (8-9) Raced keenly tracking leaders, effort approaching final furlong, never able to challenge, 5th of 15, 6l behind Palace Moon (9-7) at Newbury 6f hcp 0-100 (2) gs in May.
Quality Art (USA) 14-1 (9-5) Took keen hold, chased winner until entering final 2f, soon weakened, 8th of 9, 7l behind Fair Value (8-13) at Kempton 6f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Sep.
Pearl Blue (IRE) 16-1 (9-8) In touch, pushed along and every chance over 1f out, weakened entering final furlong, 10th of 16, 6l behind Rasaman (8-13) at Doncaster 6f hcp 0-95 (3) gs in Jun.
Tyfos 12-1 (9-9) Tracked leaders on outside, lost place over 2f out, 10th of 12, 16l behind Silvanus (9-4) at Chester 5f hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Jun.
Medici Time 25-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, towards rear, never on terms, 14th of 17, 21l behind Judge 'n Jury (9-8) at York 5f hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Jun.
Jedward (IRE) 9-2 (9-6) Mid-division, not clear run well over 1f out, ridden entering final furlong, never on terms, 6th of 12, 6l behind Silvanus (9-4) at Chester 5f hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Jun.
Nomoreblondes 16-1 (8-12) Chased leaders, ridden to lead 1f out, pressed inside final furlong, kept on gamely, just held on, won at Catterick 5f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in May beating Bronze Beau (9-10) by nk, 11 ran.
Gorgeous Goblin (IRE) 33-1 (8-7) Behind in touch, outpaced over 2f out, no chance with leaders, 5th of 6, 9l behind Cheviot (8-12) at Beverley 5f cond Stakes (3) gf in May.
Bertoliver 20-1 (9-7) Led, clear halfway, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 7, 10l behind Le Toreador (9-12) at Newmarket 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Jun.
Showboating (IRE) 3-1 (9-3) Dwelt in rear, ridden halfway, headway entering final furlong, ran on, not reached winner, 2nd of 7, 3/4l behind Le Toreador (9-12) at Newmarket 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Jun.
Cardinal 9-2 (9-8) Held up on outside, not clear run on near side rail over 1f out, edged left and kept on inside final furlong, no threat, 6th of 11, 7l behind Perfect Pastime (9-11) at Warwick 6f hcp 0-80 (4) sft in Jun.
Rocket Rob (IRE) 11-4fav (9-6) Slowly away, recovered to mid-division over 4f out, headway over 1f out, ridden and every chance inside final furlong, joined winner post, won at Bath 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Jun deadheating with Valmina (9-9), 13 ran.