Luca Cumani won last year's renewal with a similar type to CONNECTICUT. The son of New Approach continued his good progress when scoring on his handicap debut at York and promises to be even better over this longer trip. Warrior Of Light found another Cumani inmate in Mount Logan too good at Goodwood while both Xinbama and Missed Call came up short at Chester on their latest starts. Linguine's win at Doncaster came in soft ground but Buckland showed signs of a resurgence when third at Kempton last time.
Buckland (IRE) 8-1 (9-4) Led early, tracked winner 1f, tracked leading pair, went 2nd again approaching final 2f, ridden one pace and no impression over 1f out, dropped to 3rd inside final furlong, 3rd of 8, 3l behind Expert Fighter (9-7) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-95 (3) pol.
Linguine (FR) 22-1 (9-6) Led, headed over 2f out, weakened entering final furlong, last of 10, 7l behind Kings Fete (8-8) at York 1m 4f hcp 0-100 (2) gf.
Buthelezi (USA) 50-1 (8-13) In rear, ridden 4f out, kept on final furlong, never near leaders, 8th of 15, 8l behind De Rigueur (9-4) at Haydock 1m 4f hcp (4yo+) (2) gs.
Thecornishcowboy 14-1 (9-5) Towards rear, switched to outer halfway, headway 3f out, soon ridden, weakened final furlong, 7th of 8, 18l behind Glorious Protector (10-0) at Newmarket 1m 4f hcp 0-90 (3) gs.
Missed Call (IRE) 6-4fav (9-7) In touch, hampered well over 1f out, chased winner inside final furlong, kept on, 2nd of 7, 1l behind Wilhana (9-2) at Chester 1m 4f fll hcp (0-85) (4yo+) (4) gd in Jun.
Xinbama (IRE) 7-2fav (9-5) Held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, every chance over 1f out, kept on towards finish, 2nd of 9, 1l behind Kings Bayonet (9-8) at Chester 1m 4f hcp 0-90 (3) gf.
Warrior Of Light (IRE) 3-1 (9-7) Dwelt, towards rear, ridden over 1f out, stayed on to chase winner inside final furlong, always held, 2nd of 6, 2 3/4l behind Mount Logan (9-5) at Goodwood 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Jun.
Connecticut 6-4fav (8-10) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, kept on to lead towards finish, won at York 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Jun beating Donny Rover (8-7) by hd, 9 ran.
Lady Of Yue 14-1 (8-9) In touch in rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, no impression near finish, 4th of 7, 2l behind Ethics Girl (8-8) at Epsom Downs 1m 4f hcp 0-80 (4) gf.