The Hannon yard has won the last two renewals and has three runners in this with Tom Hark making most appeal of those. He attempted to make all when runner-up over 7f at Sandown last time but Pasticcio succeeded in making every yard to beat a subsequent winner on the Turf course at Lingfield last month. Epsom winner SCUTUM (NAP) has found things happening too quickly over 7f recently. But this longer trip will give him more time to find top gear and he gets the nod. Brighton maiden winner Shaakis failed to cope in Class 2 company at Goodwood earlier this month and Popeswood looks pretty exposed in this company.
Tom Hark (FR) 7-2 (9-5) Led, pushed along and joined over 1f out, ridden headed and oupaced inside final furlong, no chance with easy winner, clear of 3rd, 2nd of 8, 2 1/2l behind Latharnach (9-5) at Sandown 7f 2yo mdn (5) gf in Jul.
Magical Roundabout (IRE) 6-1 (9-7) Prominent, pushed along over 2f out, edged left and beaten over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 6, 5l behind No One Knows (8-13) at Haydock 6f 2yo hcp (4) sft in Jul.
Pasticcio 5-1 (9-5) Made all, soon racing on stands rail, ridden well over 1f out, held on, won at Lingfield 7f 2yo mdn (5) gd in Jul beating Al Bandar (9-5) by shd, 9 ran.
Shaakis (IRE) 7-1 (8-10) Took keen hold, held up in 6th, ridden and outpaced 2f out, rallied inside final furlong, kept on well close home, not quite going pace to challenge, 5th of 9, 2 1/4l behind Grigolo (8-8) at Goodwood 7f 2yo hcp (2) gf.
Popeswood (IRE) 4-1 (9-0) Steadied start, held up, closer order into 4th 5f out, headway on outside under pressure over 2f out, chased winner over 1f out, upsides inside final furlong, strong challenge near finish, just failed, 2nd of 5, shd behind Taper Tantrum (9-5) at Windsor 1m 2yo hcp 0-80 (4) sft.
Scutum (IRE) 6-1 (9-1) Slowly into stride, held up in rear on rail, not clear run 2f out, soon switched left and hampered, switched left to outside over 1f out, ridden and kept on same pace inside final furlong and no chance after, 5th of 6, 3 1/2l behind Power Play (9-7) at Newbury 7f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) gs.
Crafty Choice Evensfav (9-5) Held up, headway to press leader over 5f out, ridden 2f out, led inside final furlong, ran on, won at Brighton 7f 2yo mdn (5) gd beating Grand Spirit (9-5) by 1 3/4l, 4 ran.
Lord of Words (IRE) 14-1 (8-11) Tracked leaders, ridden over 3f out, stayed on inside final furlong, no impression on winner but closing on 2nd close home, 3rd of 9, 8l behind Only Joking (8-9) at Thirsk 7f 2yo mdn aut (5) sft.