Bread and Maureb are open to improvement but didn't show a great deal on debut. Lieutenant Kaffee was biting off more than he could chew in the Superlative Stakes at Newmarket last month but had won his first two starts at Nottingham and Haydock while Buccaneers Vault has yet to finish out of the first three, though has been beaten in handicaps the last twice. RUSSIAN PUNCH, fourth last time in a Listed race at Sandown, appears favoured by the weights and can add to his victory over 6f at this track in May.
Lieutenant Kaffee (USA) 5-1 (9-1) In rear, ridden 2f out, never nearer, 6th of 8, 9l behind Estidhkaar (9-1) at Newmarket 7f 2yo Grp 2 (1) gs in Jul.
Buccaneers Vault (IRE) 13-2 (9-7) With leader, every chance over 1f out, ridden and no extra inside final furlong, 3rd of 7, 3 1/2l behind Supreme Occasion (8-8) at Newcastle 7f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) gs.
Bread 80-1 (9-5) Led, ridden over 1f out, soon headed and weakened, 5th of 12, 10l behind Spring Offensive (9-5) at Redcar 7f 2yo mdn (5) gd in Jul.
Russian Punch 33-1 (9-0) Led until over 1f out, faded final furlong, 4th of 7, 3l behind Alonsoa (9-0) at Sandown 7f 2yo fll Listed stks (1) gf in Jul.
Maureb (IRE) 7-2 (8-9) Slowly into stride, soon chasing leaders, lost place over 5f out, headway 2f out, stayed on same pace from over 1f out, 4th of 9, 10l behind Only Joking (8-9) at Thirsk 7f 2yo mdn aut (5) sft.