ASBAAB looks to have a straightforward task unless the newcomer is above average. Brian Meehan's charge finished behind three subsequent winners when fourth over track and trip last month and will take the beating in this company. The debutant Ernest Defarge is a half-brother to a hurdles winner so today's trip will be no problem for him and Silk Route ran well over 1m4f at Newbury last time. Bostonian made a modest start when third at Lingfield last week but looks likely to improve for this greater test of stamina.
Asbaab (USA) 12-1 (9-5) Tracked leader, led 4f out, ridden over 2f out, headed approaching final furlong, kept on one pace, 4th of 9, 3 1/2l behind Great Hall (9-5) at Newmarket 1m 4f 3yo mdn (5) gf in Jun.
Bostonian 9-2 (9-5) Took keen hold early, tracked leading pair, pushed along and awkward on downhill run before straight, ridden over 2f out, one pace and no impression when wandered over 1f out, 3rd of 9, 7l behind Familliarity (9-0) at Lingfield 1m 1f 3yo & 4yo mdn (5) gf.
Ernest Defarge Cape Cross gelding out of Elizabethan Age.
Mount Macedon 66-1 (9-3) Close up, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 8, 17l behind Urban Dance (9-5) at Newmarket 1m 2f 3yo mdn (4) gf.
My Peggy Sue 50-1 (8-7) Unseated rider prior to loading in stalls, slowly into stride, always in rear, struggling well over 3f out, tailed off, last of 8, 16l behind Close At Hand (8-12) at Windsor 1m mdn flls stks (5) gf in Jun.
Silk Route 14-1 (8-10) Held up, headway 4f out, stayed on same pace from over 1f out, 5th of 8, 3l behind Hold On Tight (8-10) at Newbury 1m 4f mdn stks (5) gf.