CITRUS STAR didn't get the clearest of runs when third in a higher grade race at Goodwood last time. With the trip and ground in his favour here, Chris Wall's charge rates the selection. Yair Hill has a bit to find with the latter on latest running and the consistent Novellen Lad still looks a shade high in the handicap. The same applies to Mr Red Clubs, up another 3lb after a good effort in Listed company, while Gouray Girl should be thereabouts again though she hasn't won since 2010. My Son Max could make his presence felt and so could C&D winner Paramour if the rain arrives.
Citrus Star (USA) 9-1 (9-0) Held up towards rear, slightly hampered inside final 2f, good headway over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, went 3rd post, 3rd of 12, 2 1/2l behind Primaeval (8-13) at Goodwood 7f hcp 0-100 (2) gf in May.
Novellen Lad (IRE) 10-1 (9-3) Held up in mid-division, ridden and headway when not clear run and switched left over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, never nearer, 3rd of 14, 1 1/2l behind Cape Classic (8-12) at Windsor 6f hcp 0-95 (3) gf in May.
Greensward 20-1 (9-4) Mid-division, ridden
Forceful Appeal (USA) 18-1 (8-11) Mid-division, headway on inside over 3f out, went 3rd 3f out until inside final furlong, weakened, 7th of 17, 7l behind Highland Knight (9-4) at Epsom Downs 1m hcp 0-105 (2) gd.
Yair Hill (IRE) 9-1 (8-8) In touch on inside, effort when not clearest of runs and switched left inside final 2f, went 2nd inside final furlong, no impression and lost 2nd towards finish, lost 3rd post, 4th of 12, 2 3/4l behind Primaeval (8-13) at Goodwood 7f hcp 0-100 (2) gf in May.
Mr Red Clubs (IRE) 25-1 (9-0) Close up, ridden over 2f out, every chance entering final furlong, kept on one pace, 5th of 7, 3 1/2l behind Aljamaaheer (9-0) at Newmarket 7f Listed stks 3yo (1) gf in May.
Gouray Girl (IRE) 9-4 (8-13) Held up in rear, headway when not clear run and switched left over 1f out, ridden and ran on to 2nd inside final furlong, never able to challenge, 2nd of 6, 1 1/4l behind Thunderball (9-3) at Ascot 6f hcp 0-95 (3) sft in May.
Cruiser 8-1 (9-7) Dwelt, soon in mid-division, pushed along over 2f out, weakened soon after, last of 12, 11l behind Ree's Rascal (9-1) at Newbury 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gf in May.
Paramour 6-1 (9-7) Held up mid-division, ridden over 1f out, soon faded, 12th of 16, 7l behind Rasaman (8-13) at Doncaster 6f hcp 0-95 (3) gs.
Fulbright 20-1 (9-2) Unruly in stalls, never better than mid-division, 14th of 19, 12l behind Red Quartet (8-3) at Newmarket 6f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gs in May.
Azrael 33-1 (8-13) Slowly into stride, soon in mid-division, lost place halfway, 18th of 19, 47l behind Sam Nombulist (8-8) at York 7f hcp 0-95 (3) sft.
Al Khan (IRE) 7-1 (9-1) Unruly in stalls, mid-division, weakened quickly over 2f out, soon eased, 18th of 19, 24l behind Red Quartet (8-3) at Newmarket 6f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gs in May.
My Son Max 11-1 (8-9) Raced stand side, chased leaders, under pressure over 2f out, never able to challenge, 5th of 9, 4l behind Paramour (8-8) at Newmarket 7f hcp 0-95 (3) sft.
Masai Moon 8-1 (9-7) Prominent, ridden and every chance 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 11, 7l behind Beat The Bell (8-10) at Goodwood 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in May.
Cape Rock 8-1 (9-4) Towards rear on outside, ridden over 2f out, soon beaten, 13th of 14, 8l behind My Son Max (8-13) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in May.
Mubtadi 8-1 (8-6) Slowly into stride, raced centre, chased leaders, effort when groups merged over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 9, 11l behind Paramour (8-8) at Newmarket 7f hcp 0-95 (3) sft.