Plus Ultra looks to be a likely contender but appeal is slightly diminished as he runs near the top of the weights. Ella Grace enjoyed the track here last year but didn't ever look in the game at Ayr on her seasonal reappearance. An improved run can be expected but there are others who make more appeal. Star Addition is still a maiden after seventeen runs and he looks harshly weighted given he lost by eleven lengths last time out. BEFORE THE WAR is our very tentative selection after running on inside the final furlong at Newmarket. The Luca Cumani trained colt was bought for 55,000 guineas last year and can start to repay that price tag by taking this race.
Hail Tiberius 14-1 (9-5) Steadied start, took keen hold in rear, ridden over 2f out, kept on final furlong, 4th of 8, 8l behind Baltimore Clipper (9-3) at Thirsk 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Jul.
Plus Ultra (IRE) 13-8fav (9-0) Led, ridden and headed over 2f out, hung right and kept on one pace final furlong, 3rd of 5, 2 3/4l behind Sumerian (8-9) at Brighton 1m 2f mdn stks (5) gf in Jun.
Kathlatino 12-1 (8-10) Held up disputing 4th, lost place over 3f out, rallied 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 4th of 7, 9l behind Umverti (9-2) at Pontefract 1m 4f flls hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jul.
Star Addition 8-1 (8-11) Held up mid-division, pushed along over 3f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 11, 11l behind Denton (9-9) at Haydock 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Jul.
Before The War (USA) 14-1 (9-1) Held up and behind, pushed along halfway, headway over 1f out, stayed on towards finish, never nearer, 6th of 11, 4l behind Beaumont's Party (9-3) at Newmarket 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jul.
Hail Bold Chief (USA) 12-1 (9-5) Mid-division, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on final furlong, 3rd of 17, 3l behind Emeralds Spirit (7-13) at Thirsk 1m 3yo sll hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Jul.
Sadler's Mark 9-1 (8-13) Prominent, ridden over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 6th of 14, 12l behind Zambuka (8-5) at York 1m 3yo app hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Jul.
Ella Grace (USA) 9-1 (8-9) Held up, ridden 3f out, never nearer, 6th of 10, 14l behind Glenluji (9-4) at Ayr 1m hcp 0-65 (6) gs in Jul.
Sleepy Dove 150-1 (9-4) Led, headed approaching 4f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 7, 8l behind Knotgarden (9-7) at Yarmouth 1m 1f mdn auc stks (6) gf in Jul.
Leaving Alone (USA) 13-2 (9-3) Held up in rear, headway over 2f out, ridden well over 1f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 9, 3l behind Frontline Phantom (8-11) at Carlisle 1m 1f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Jul.
Sinatramania 16-1 (8-13) Held up in touch, effort over 3f out, soon hung left, never on terms, 7th of 14, 12l behind Mr Chocolate Drop (8-8) at Redcar 1m hcp 0-65 (6) fm in Jul.