Home Of The Brave made a promising start when runner-up at Windsor with First Class Mail back in fifth. ATLETICO also finished second at Windsor on his introduction, but in a faster time, and Roger Varian's colt is just preferred here. The others with experience have some improving to do to figure and one the newcomers may end up a bigger threat. That includes State Of The Union and Astrophysics though Zigayani, a half-brother to prolific winner Kensington, makes more appeal.
Astrophysics Paco Boy colt out of Jodrell Bank.
Atletico (IRE) 6-1 (9-5) Slowly into stride, off the pace towards rear, headway over 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, stayed on into 2nd final 100 yards, not reach winner, 2nd of 15, 2l behind Ticks The Boxes (9-5) at Windsor 6f 2yo mdn (5) gs.
Avenue Des Champs Champs Elysees colt out of Penang Cry.
Father Stone 66-1 (9-5) Led 1f, remained prominent, weakened over 2f out, 8th of 9, 14l behind Diaz (9-5) at Newmarket 7f 2yo mdn (4) gf in Jun.
First Class Mail 4-1 (9-5) Slowly into stride, well outpaced in rear, hung left from well over 1f out, kept on under pressure inside final furlong, went 5th close home, never going pace to get involved, 5th of 9, 5l behind Jargon (9-5) at Brighton 6f 2yo mdn aut (6) gf.
Home Of The Brave (IRE) 9-2 (9-5) Slowly into stride, pulled hard and held up towards rear, headway over 1f out, strong run into 3rd inside final furlong, finished well and took 2nd post, 2nd of 13, 1 1/2l behind St Brelades Bay (9-5) at Windsor 6f 2yo mdn (5) gd in Jun.
Ralph Mctell 100-1 (9-5) Dwelt, in rear and outpaced, pushed along over 3f out, never dangerous, last of 7, 22l behind Zuhoor Baynoona (9-0) at Yarmouth 5f 2yo mdn (5) gf in Apr.
State Of The Union (IRE) Approve colt out of First Lady.
Theydon Thunder 50-1 (9-2) Close up, ridden to go 3rd over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 3rd of 5, 14l behind Spindle (9-0) at Southwell 7f 2yo mdn stks (5) fbs in Jun.
Wisewit Royal Applause colt out of Loveleaves.
Yorkshire (IRE) Tagula colt out of Bun Penny.
Zamperini (IRE) Fast Company colt out of Lucky Date.
Zigayani (IRE) Clodovil colt out of March Star.
Julia Stardust 100-1 (9-0) In touch until outpaced halfway, last of 7, 31l behind Dittander (9-0) at Kempton 5f 2yo mdn fll (5) pol in Apr.