ALMAGEST beat Rosairlie by a head in this 12 months ago and is 5lb better off with the runner-up. He went on to score off today's mark at Beverley and a return to winning ways might be on the cards, though he will have to reverse Catterick running last month with Sir Frank Morgan and Dr Irv. Deepsand only found Nanton too good at Doncaster last month and is obviously on a decent mark while Nashville is back in the right grade and should be thereabouts again. Richard Fahey's stayer looks a better bet than the hard-to-place Perennial.
Almagest 9-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders in 3rd, came towards centre over 3f out, soon lost place, ridden and hung left inside final 2f, stayed on to chase leaders final 75 yards, held towards finish, 4th of 7, 3/4l behind Itlaaq (9-3) at York 2m hcp 0-90 (3) gf in Jul.
Argent Knight 9-2 (9-6) Tracked leaders in 4th, outpaced over 3f out, soon ridden, weakened 1f out, last of 7, 7l behind Itlaaq (9-3) at York 2m hcp 0-90 (3) gf in Jul.
Sir Frank Morgan (IRE) 10-1 (8-12) Mostly tracked winner until pushed along 3f out, ridden over 2f out, weakening when not much room well over 1f out, 9th of 10, 22l behind Maid In Rio (8-5) at Ascot 2m hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Jul.
Perennial 5-2 (10-7) Held up in touch in rear, closed from over 3f out, went 3rd and stayed on inside final furlong, no impression on winner, 3rd of 5, 4l behind Northside Prince (9-1) at Musselburgh 1m 4f (4) gs in Jun.
Rosairlie (IRE) 6-1 (9-10) Tracked leaders in 3rd, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened, last of 6, 38l behind Stopped Out (9-9) at Beverley 2m hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Jul.
Nashville (IRE) 8-1 (8-5) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, ridden over 3f out, led over 2f out, headed over 1f out, no extra final 100 yards, 5th of 12, 6l behind Gabrial's King (9-5) at York 2m hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Jul.
Deepsand (IRE) 9-2 (9-3) Held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, led 1f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on, 2nd of 10, 1 3/4l behind Nanton (8-13) at Doncaster 1m 7f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Jul.
Dr Irv 15-8fav (9-3) Tracked leaders, went 2nd over 1f out, no impression on winner, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 6, 4 1/2l behind Sir Frank Morgan (9-7) at Catterick 2m hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jul.
Mason Hindmarsh 7-2 (9-2) Tracked leader, led 3f out, ridden and headed 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 10, 19l behind Maoi Chinn Tire (8-9) at Thirsk 2m hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jul.