Juveniles outscore their elders eight - two over the last ten runnings of this race but HIMALYA may be able to narrow the gap. Rum King, Dorback and the well-regarded Pastoral Player may provide the main opposition. Marine Boy was a powerful juvenile but he's struggled to live up to his billing and Himalya is the clear pick of the older generation having stayed on well to finish on the heels of the leaders in a Listed race at the course last time. The extra furlong on offer here should suit and he doesn't have many miles on the clock. Pastoral Player created a buzz when winning on debut but gave trouble at the start ahead of his intended second outing and found little off the bridle at Newbury although his rider did report that he failed to act on the soft ground. Dorback also made a bright start to his career but has disappointed on a couple of occasions now although it may not pay to be too critical of his run at York as he endured a rough race. Rum King hails from a yard with a good record in this race and he left his previous efforts behind to comfortably account for a subsequent winner over course and distance. Haadeeth has plenty to find on the bare form but may progress whilst Chips O'Toole has been running well and they are favoured by the allowances but Himalya may still be able to come out on top.
Himalya (IRE) 14-1 (8-12) Outpaced in rear, pushed along halfway, ran on inside final furlong, nearest finish, 6th of 12, 3 1/2l behind Spin Cycle (8-12) at Newmarket 5f Listed stks (1) gf.
Marine Boy (IRE) 33-1 (9-10) Tracked leaders, led 3f out, ridden 2f out, headed and no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 17, 3 1/2l behind Esoterica (8-13) at Newmarket 7f hcp 105 (2) gd.
Always The Sun 25-1 (8-5) Slowly into stride, always in rear, last of 12, well behind Straboe (8-2) at Yarmouth 6f mdn hcap 0-65 (6) gd in Aug.
Dorback 9-1 (9-0) Held up, headway to track leaders over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 12, 12l behind Layla's Hero (9-0) at York 6f 2yo Listed stks (1) gd.
Haadeeth 9-4fav (8-8) Chased leader, led just inside final 2f, ridden and narrowly headed inside final furlong, rallied gamely near finish, just held, 2nd of 10, shd behind Marcus Cicero (8-12) at Newbury 6f 2yo hcp (3) gf in Sep.
Pastoral Player 5-1 (8-12) Behind, headway over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 10th of 14, 7l behind Carnaby Street (8-12) at Newbury 7f 2yo Grp 3 (1) sft.
Rum King (USA) 11-4fav (9-3) Raced alone on stands side rail, made virtually all, shaken up over 1f out, in command final furlong, ran on well, won at Newmarket 6f 2yo mdn (4) gf beating Chat De La Burg (9-3) by 2l, 9 ran.
Chips O'toole (IRE) 10-1 (9-7) Raced keenly, prominent, edged right after 1f, every chance over 1f out, weakened well inside final furlong, 6th of 10, 5l behind Freeforaday (9-4) at Kempton 6f 2yo hcp 0-90 (4) pol.
Farmers Wish (IRE) 14-1 (8-11) Tracked leaders, ridden well over 1f out, soon not quicken, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 4th of 10, 3l behind Freeforaday (9-4) at Kempton 6f 2yo hcp 0-90 (4) pol.