SOFT FALLING RAIN lost his unbeaten record to Gregorian in the Hungerford Stakes at Newbury last month but the winner is a very useful miler and third Tawhid has won easily since. That was the four-year-old's first run since March and he can get back on track in this. Penitent had conditions in his favour when successful at Sandown nine days ago and the ground may be a bit lively for him here but Montiridge has won a Group 3 this year and clearly didn't give his true running when beaten at odds-on at Haydock last time. Guest Of Honour, Premio Loco and Glory Awaits also have decent form in the book and should play a part but Boom Or Bust was beaten in an ordinary contest at Bath last time and has become expensive to follow.
Boom And Bust (IRE) 8-11fav (9-2) Tracked leader, pushed along over 2f out, challenged and edged left 2f out, soon ridden, led over 1f out, ran on, caught post, 2nd of 6, ns behind Mister Music (8-13) at Bath 1m cond Stakes (3) gd.
Guest of Honour (IRE) 25-1 (9-0) Outside, no menace, 9th of 13, 6l behind The Apache (9-0) at Arlington(USA) 1m 2f Grp 1 (1) gd in Aug.
Penitent 9-4 (9-4) Made all, quickened halfway, driven clear inside final furlong, easily, won at Sandown 1m Listed stks 3yo (1) hvy beating Boomshackerlacker (9-0) by 1 1/4l, 7 ran.
Premio Loco (USA) 12-1 (9-1) Took keen hold early, led 2f, tracked leader, every chance 2f out, chased winner disputing 2nd inside final furlong, no impression when lost 2nd final 50 yards, 4th of 8, 2 3/4l behind Afsare (9-1) at Goodwood 1m Grp 2 (1) gd in Aug.
Soft Falling Rain (SAF) 9-4fav (9-5) Set steady pace, quickened halfway, strongly challenged 2f out, headed approaching final furlong, kept on, 2nd of 5, 1 1/2l behind Gregorian (9-3) at Newbury 7f Grp 2 (1) gd in Aug.
Glory Awaits (IRE) 7-1 (9-0) Led, hard ridden when strongly challenged over 2f out, headed over 1f out, staying on when hampered entering final furlong, no extra, 4th of 7, 5l behind Montiridge (9-0) at Goodwood 1m 3yo Grp 3 (1) gd in Aug.
Montiridge (IRE) 10-11fav (9-1) Pulled hard early held up, ridden and headway over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 8, 5l behind Top Notch Tonto (8-11) at Haydock 1m Grp 3 (1) gs.