PICENO is officially 6lbs well-in under a penalty and gets the vote to go in again under Kieren Fallon. Luca Cumani's colt romped to a five-length success on soft ground at Salisbury when allowed to dictate matters but his improvement probably stemmed as much from the step up in trip as the chance in tactics. Whatever the reason, we know he's well-treated and copes with conditions, so he gets the vote from the promising Kalahaag. This one caught the eye on debut before winning what looked a decent Goodwood maiden and she could be anything, but an opening mark of 81 offers little room for manoeuvre and this is set to be a very different test with cut likely. Similar concerns surround Tinkertown whose victory came on extremely quick ground while Askaud's maiden form may be slightly misleading and she too is taken on under softer conditions.
Tinkertown (IRE) Evensfav (9-3) Chased leaders, pushed along 4f out, led approaching 2f out, ridden over 1f out, stayed on strongly, won at Redcar 7f 2yo mdn (5) gf in Jun beating Next Edition (8-12) by 1 3/4l, 11 ran.
Kalahaag (IRE) 9-2 (9-0) Slowly into stride, held up in mid division, pushed along over 2f out, effort on inside over 1f out, driven to lead final 110 yards, stayed on, won at Goodwood 7f 2yo fll mdn (2) gd in Jul beating Dubawi Gulf (9-0) by 3/4l, 11 ran.
Askaud (IRE) 11-4fav (8-7) Took keen hold, chased leaders on inside, went 2nd over 1f out, ridden to lead final 150 yards, kept on well, won at Thirsk 7f 2yo mdn aut (5) gf beating Millies Folly (7-11) by 1 1/2l, 10 ran.
Honourable Knight (IRE) 5-2fav (8-10) Dwelt, in rear, pushed along halfway, weakened 2f out, last of 8, well behind Buzz Law (7-12) at Newmarket 7f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Piceno (IRE) 7-1 (8-12) Keen, made all, clear 3f out, ridden and ran on, comfortable, won at Salisbury 1m 2yo hcp 0-75 (5) sft beating Jacobs Son (9-7) by 5l, 12 ran.
On Wings Of Love (IRE) 33-1 (7-7) Held up, headway and hung left over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 7th of 15, 5l behind Fifth Commandment (8-5) at Newmarket 6f 2yo fll hcp (2) gd in Jul.
Buzz Law (IRE) 10-1 (7-12) In touch, ridden 2f out, led briefly just inside final furlong, rallied to lead post, won at Newmarket 7f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd beating Takeaway (9-7) by shd, 8 ran.
Roi Du Boeuf (IRE) 20-1 (8-13) In rear, ran on final furlong, not reach leaders, 4th of 16, 2 1/2l behind Painters Easel (8-13) at Newmarket 7f 2yo sll (5) gd.