It was no surprise to see WINTER THUNDER suffer a 16lb hike in the weights after finishing a street clear of his rivals in similar company over 1m2f here last month. The Godolphin colt can land this on his way to taking up an engagement in the St Leger. Renew has been competing in pattern races this season but remains 7lb higher than when third in a handicap last year while the once high-class Wigmore Hall continues to struggle at this level. Salutation has a shout on his earlier second to Arab Spring at Ascot but this is much tougher than the race won by Gone Dutch at Kempton last time.
Renew (IRE) 16-1 (9-3) Took keen hold, led for 1f, mostly chased leader after, pushed along over 3f out, ridden approaching final 2f, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 12, 6l behind Clever Cookie (9-0) at York 1m 6f Listed stks (1) gs in May.
Balty Boys (IRE) 20-1 (9-12) Rear of mid-division, ridden entering straight, no impression, never a factor, 15th of 18, 16l behind Vastonea (8-5) at Galway 1m hcp gd in Jul.
Salutation (IRE) 15-2 (9-4) Led, headed 3f out, weakened 2f out, 12th of 14, 16l behind Energia Davos (9-1) at Haydock 1m 2f hcp 105 (2) gd.
Stepping Ahead (FR) (9-2) 5th of 7, 5l behind Storm River (8-12) at Vichy(FR) 1m 4f stks sft.
Fattsota 14-1 (9-5) Prominent, challenged 3f out, soon led, headed 2f out, no extra well inside final furlong, 4th of 14, 4 1/2l behind Energia Davos (9-1) at Haydock 1m 2f hcp 105 (2) gd.
Wigmore Hall (IRE) 25-1 (9-2) Slowly into stride, in rear, outpaced over 2f out, soon ridden, no impression when hampered and switched left inside final furlong, finished 14th, placed 13th, 13th of 18, 10l behind Sennockian Star (9-6) at Goodwood 1m 2f hcp (2) gd in Jul.
Macbeth (IRE) 33-1 (9-1) Held up towards rear, headway on wide outside chasing leaders 5f out, ridden and weakened 2f out, 14th of 18, 11l behind Arab Spring (9-10) at Royal Ascot 1m 4f hcp 105 (2) gf in Jun.
Gone Dutch 7-4fav (9-7) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, led over 1f out, kept on well, won at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jun beating Qanan (9-3) by 1/2l, 8 ran.
Winter Thunder 5-2fav (8-12) Held up towards rear, switched to outer and headway over 2f out, led over 1f out, forged clear, won at Newmarket 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gf in Jul beating Gold Trail (8-12) by 12l, 7 ran.