DUELLING DRAGON posted his best effort so far when caught close home over track and trip last time. Any further progress should see him go one better though Glorious Sun ran well for a long way over a mile at Newmarket before running out of steam and this shorter trip will suit. Cliff also made the frame over a mile at this venue before a below-par effort at Pontefract while Bond Empire showed a big improvement at Doncaster last time.
Bond Empire 100-1 (9-12) Held up towards rear, ridden over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, no impression, 4th of 10, 9l behind Synergise (9-5) at Doncaster 7f mdn stks (4) gd in Jul.
Cliff (IRE) 7-1 (9-8) Held up in touch, driven to chase leaders over 2f out, went 3rd and ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace, no chance with front pair, 3rd of 7, 8l behind Lockhart (9-5) at Pontefract 1m 3yo & 4yo mdn (5) gf in Jul.
L'inganno Felice (FR) 33-1 (9-2) last of 9, hd behind Intello (9-2) at Longchamp(FR) 1m 2yo mdn gs in Sep '12.
Duelling Dragon (USA) 7-2 (9-5) Chased leaders, led over 2f out, strongly pressed inside final furlong, no extra and headed close home, 2nd of 14, nk behind Ribblehead (9-5) at Redcar 7f mdn stks (5) gf in Jul.
Glorious Sun 16-1 (9-5) Tracked winner, ridden 2f out, kept on one pace, lost 2nd post, 3rd of 12, 11l behind Rapprochement (9-5) at Newmarket 1m 3yo mdn (5) gf in Jul.
It's A Yes From Me 40-1 (9-5) In touch, pushed along halfway, plugged on inside final furlong, no threat, 5th of 11, 11l behind Secret Hint (9-0) at Doncaster 6f mdn stks (4) gd in Jul.
Mr Gatsby Lucky Story gelding out of Otylia.
Pepperello 33-1 (9-5) Tracked leader until lost place over 4f out, soon outpaced, last of 5, 20l behind Mange All (9-5) at Beverley 1m 3yo mdn aut (5) gf in Jun.
Lady Liz 16-1 (7-9) Towards rear, headway over 5f out, weakened over 3f out, 7th of 9, 27l behind Green Zone (8-11) at Pontefract 1m 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) sft in Jul.
Soviet Union (IRE) 33-1 (9-0) Outpaced towards rear, never dangerous, 8th of 14, 14l behind Ribblehead (9-5) at Redcar 7f mdn stks (5) gf in Jul.