HARRIS TWEED is still improving judging by his Chester win and he is fancied to follow up today. William Haggas' colt was flattered by his margin of victory earlier in the month but his ability to maintain a strong gallop could be essential here. He has run well on both Newmarket courses and is expected to take some beating. Ted Spread drops in grade having finished last in the St Leger; any rain would suit but he has plenty to prove, especially under his Group Three penalty. The most interesting rivals look to be the fillies; Ship's Biscuit ran well behind Eastern Aria in the Park Hill Stakes and she is well-related, whilst Snoqualmie Star has strong handicapping form at shorter trips this year. Others to mention include Moose Moran who is back up in class and the unpredictable but talented Prizefighting who comes here on the back of a fair Doncaster run behind Myplacelater.
Ted Spread 33-1 (9-0) Tracked leader, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, last of 10, 37l behind Arctic Cosmos (9-0) at Doncaster 1m 6f 3yo Grp 1 (1) gd.
Harris Tweed 7-2 (8-6) Soon led, made rest, driven clear 2f out, stayed on strongly, easily, won at Chester 1m 4f Listed stks (1) sft beating Les Fazzani (9-1) by 10l, 7 ran.
L Frank Baum (IRE) 20-1 (8-10) Dwelt always in rear, last of 8, 18l behind Rock N Roll Ransom (8-10) at Ascot 1m 2f stks 0-90 (3) gd.
Moose Moran (USA) 16-1 (9-7) In touch, ridden over 4f out, weakened 3f out, 13th of 16, well behind Mount Athos (8-1) at York 1m 6f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gf in Aug.
Prizefighting (USA) 20-1 (8-9) Steadied start, held up last, pushed along and not keen halfway, hung badly left from over 3f out, kept on reluctantly inside final furlong, not resolute, 5th of 7, 3 1/2l behind Myplacelater (8-8) at Doncaster 1m 2f cond stks (2) gd.
Ship's Biscuit 16-1 (8-7) Held up towards rear, ridden over 2f out, kept on from over 1f out, 5th of 12, 6l behind Eastern Aria (9-4) at Doncaster 1m 7f Grp 2 flls (1) gd.
Snoqualmie Star 22-1 (8-10) Raced center, in rear, headway 2f out, ridden and stayed on to chase winner inside final furlong, 2nd of 14, 1l behind Spoken (9-1) at Newmarket 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gd.
Western Pearl 16-1 (9-9) Keen tracked leader until slightly oupaced over 2f out, switched left 1f out, stayed on near finish, 3rd of 12, 1 1/2l behind Calatrava Cape (9-8) at Newmarket 1m 4f flls hcp 0-95 (3) gd.