Nicholascopernicus had slipped down the weights before scoring at Windsor but has shot straight back up again. Border Legend never looked like following up his win at Newbury at Doncaster last time but maiden winners Saab Almanal and Mount Shamsan are both open to further progress. The lightly-raced Ghaawy bids for a hat-trick on his belated return to action while No Win No Fee steps up in class after winning at Nottingham. ELHAAME has finished got closer with every run this season. The drop back to today's trip seemed to suit at Haydock last time and he can return to winning ways in this.
Nicholascopernicus (IRE) 11-4 (10-0) Slowly into stride, pushed along from stalls and soon led, pushed clear 3f out, in no danger after, stayed on well, ridden out, unchallenged, won at Windsor 1m 2f hcp 0-90 (3) sft beating Hymenaios (9-3) by 3 1/2l, 5 ran.
Border Legend 11-4 (10-0) Raced wide, in touch, headway and switched left over 1f out, effort when hung left inside final furlong, kept on one pace, 4th of 7, 4 1/2l behind Whispering Warrior (9-10) at Doncaster 1m 2f hcp 0-100 (2) gf.
Elhaame (IRE) 13-2fav (8-12) Chased leaders, led over 2f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra close home, 3rd of 14, 2 1/4l behind Energia Davos (9-1) at Haydock 1m 2f hcp 105 (2) gd.
Saab Almanal 10-3 (9-5) Tracked leading pair, went 2nd over 3f out, challenged over 1f out, pushed along to lead final 100 yards, in command close home, won at Newbury 1m 2f 3yo mdn (4) gd in Jul beating Smiling Stranger (9-5) by 3/4l, 11 ran.
Black Shadow 14-1 (9-5) Took keen hold, towards rear, driven towards outside and not quicken 2f out, beaten when edged right over 1f out, 10th of 13, 17l behind Double Bluff (9-7) at Goodwood 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gf.
Mount Shamsan 1-2fav (9-12) Chased leader, led over 2f out, kept on well, won at Ripon 1m 2f 3yo & 4yo mdn (5) gd beating Classical Duet (9-3) by 3l, 8 ran.
Tabreek (USA) 13-2 (9-2) Tracked leader, led after about 1f, headed over 8f out, weakened over 3f out, 7th of 9, 14l behind Connecticut (8-10) at York 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Jun.
Ghaawy 11-8fav (9-5) Made all, ridden when pressed from over 1f out, edged left and ran on, won at Yarmouth 1m 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Sep beating Newmarket Warrior (8-12) by 3/4l, 5 ran.
Master Of Finance (IRE) 5-2fav (8-5) Soon led, ridden over 2f out, headed entering final furlong, kept on one pace, 2nd of 5, 4 1/2l behind Clon Brulee (10-0) at Newmarket 1m 2f hcp 0-100 (2) sft.
No Win No Fee 2-1 (8-11) Tracked leader, ridden and every chance from over 1f out, led well inside final furlong, won at Nottingham 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jul beating Endless Credit (9-10) by ns, 5 ran.