All three newcomers are deserving of a market check in view of their high-quality connections but line up against opposition that has already displayed a degree of promise, notably VEGAS REBEL. The son of Alfred Nobel really got the hang of things on his second start when staying on to good effect behind Jaganory in what looked a useful Salisbury maiden just a week ago and will be the one to beat if turning up here in similar form. Alakhtal and Muradif shaped quite well on their respective debuts at Newmarket and York for classy yards with scope for improvement very much the order of the day for both.
Alakhtal (IRE) 13-2 (9-5) Slowly away, soon recovered, keen, close up, ridden and every chance over 1f out, faded inside final furlong, 5th of 9, 4 1/2l behind Justice Well (9-5) at Newmarket 6f 2yo mdn (4) gd in May.
Fast Magic (IRE) Fast Company colt out of Nofa's Magic.
Lieutenant Kaffee (USA) First Defence colt out of Major Allie.
Muradif (IRE) 6-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders, pushed along halfway, challenging for 2nd when edged left well over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 7, 11l behind Mister Universe (9-5) at York 6f 2yo mdn aut (3) gs in May.
Native Charmer 8-1 (9-2) Towards rear, soon pushed along, outpaced over 2f out, not trouble leaders, 5th of 8, 7l behind Jane's Memory (9-0) at Leicester 5f 2yo mdn aut (5) sft in May.
Red Flute 66-1 (9-5) Prominent, ridden over 1f out, soon weakened, 7th of 9, 11l behind Winslow (9-5) at Haydock 6f 2yo mdn (5) gd in May.
Vegas Rebel (IRE) 9-1 (9-4) Dwelt mid-division, slightly hampered halfway, headway under pressure on outer over 1f out, hung right inside final furlong, stayed on to go 2nd post, 2nd of 10, 1 3/4l behind Jaganory (9-0) at Salisbury 6f 2yo mdn aut (5) gf.
Lyfka 14-1 (8-11) Slowly into stride, held up in touch, outpaced and no impression final 2f, 5th of 6, 7l behind Cajoling (9-0) at Windsor 5f mdn (5) gd in May.
Scarlet Bounty (IRE) Bahamian Bounty filly out of Red Kyte.