BUTHELEZI looks banker material with this track likely to play to his strengths. Although he only scraped home by a nose at Doncaster, the feeling is that the handicapper has been lenient with just a 3lb rise in the weights. This strapping son of Dynaformer still has an entry in the Racing Post Trophy. Jehanbux has solid form to his name and blinkers may eke out some further improvement, whilst Poplin is progressing well but the filly might find this tough against some very promising colts. Similar comments apply to the progressive Dansili filly Bridle Belle, Indigo Way beat a subsequent winner at Goodwood and looks a big player off a 6lb higher mark, whilst Profondo Rosso has plenty more to give after a dour Brighton win. Of the rest, it is Loukoumi, the Newcastle winner, and Early Applause, beaten only by half a length by Buthelezi at Doncaster, who make most appeal.
Buthelezi (USA) 11-8fav (9-7) Prominent, ridden 3f out, kept on gamely to lead close home, won at Doncaster 1m 2yo hcp (2) gd beating Arabian Star (8-6) by ns, 12 ran.
Jehanbux (USA) 10-3 (9-7) Led, ridden 2f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on under pressure, no extra when lost 2nd post, 3rd of 8, 3/4l behind Liberty Cap (9-6) at Newmarket 1m 1f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Poplin 7-4fav (9-0) Prominent, chased leader 6f out, led inside final 3f, in command when hung left from over 1f out, ridden and stayed on well final furlong, won at Goodwood 1m 2yo fll mdn (5) gd beating Always The Lady (9-0) by 1 1/2l, 13 ran.
Bridle Belle 7-2 (8-12) Dwelt, prominent in 4th, led well over 1f out, soon ridden, hard pressed 1f out, kept on gamely inside final furlong, held on well towards finish, won at Ayr 1m 2yo hcp (2) gd beating Golden Blaze (7-5) by nk, 8 ran.
Indigo Way 11-2 (9-2) Held up in last pair, steady headway on outside over 2f out, chased leader over 1f out, driven and stayed on to lead final 100 yards, won at Goodwood 1m 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd beating Handsome Jack (8-11) by nk, 7 ran.
Mariachi Man 5-1 (9-0) Chased leaders on far side, pushed along 3f out, ridden and every chance 2f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 7th of 13, 1l behind Whisper Louise (9-3) at Doncaster 7f 2yo hcp (2) gs.
Profondo Rosso (IRE) 4-6fav (9-3) Chased leaders, went 2nd halfway, challenged from 3f out, upsides when hung left on camber from 2f out, driven to lead 1f out, continued to hang left, driven and stayed on strongly final furlong, won at Brighton 1m 2yo mdn (5) gd in Aug beating Enabling (9-3) by 2 1/4l, 7 ran.
Kingarrick 6-5fav (9-3) Raced keenly, tracking leaders, ridden to lead over 1f out, stayed on well, won at Warwick 7f 2yo mdn (5) gs in Aug beating Piece Of Mind (8-12) by 1/2l, 7 ran.
Planet Waves (IRE) 80-1 (8-8) Behind, headway towards stands rail over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, nearest finish, 6th of 13, 3/4l behind Whisper Louise (9-3) at Doncaster 7f 2yo hcp (2) gs.
Loukoumi 11-1 (8-12) Tracked leaders, headway on outside 2f out, ridden over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong to lead towards finish, won at Newcastle 7f 2yo mdn (4) gs in Aug beating Rudegirl (8-9) by 1l, 12 ran.
Early Applause 16-1 (8-6) Held up mid-division, headway 3f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, headed last 100 yards, no extra towards finish, 3rd of 12, 3/4l behind Buthelezi (9-7) at Doncaster 1m 2yo hcp (2) gd.
Bradbury (IRE) 22-1 (8-13) In touch, ridden over 2f out, stayed on to take 2nd near finish, 2nd of 10, 3/4l behind Regal Kiss (9-6) at Redcar 7f 2yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf.