Dancin Alpha started favourite at Carlisle in June but may have to settle for second-best again behind MOUNT SHAMSAN. William Haggas' yard is still firing in the winners and his Danehill Dancer gelding was only beaten a length over a mile at Haydock last time having failed to stay 1m4f at Thirsk earlier. Classical Duet is a likely improver while Encountering is a half-brother to a 7f winner and connections aren't aiming too high on debut.
Joyful Star 100-1 (10-0) Very slowly away, lost all of 20 lengths, recovered to rear after 2f, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, tailed off, last of 5, 46l behind Earl Of Menteith (9-3) at Ayr 1m 2f mdn stks (5) gf in Jul.
Mount Shamsan 5-1 (10-0) Pulled hard, prominent, every chance over 1f out, stayed on well, 2nd of 9, 1l behind Abbey Village (9-2) at Haydock 1m mdn stks (5) gs in May.
Classical Duet (USA) 11-4 (9-2) Slowly away, always in rear, ridden 3f out, never a factor, last of 6, 16l behind Law Keeper (9-0) at Carlisle 1m 1f mdn stks (5) gd in Jul.
Dancin Alpha 15-8fav (9-3) Led, ridden and hard pressed over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra, 2nd of 11, 1 1/2l behind Queens Park (8-12) at Carlisle 1m 1f mdn stks (5) gf in Jun.
Encountering (IRE) Duke Of Marmalade gelding out of Naval Affair.
Magic Music Man 14-1 (9-5) Towards rear, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened, 12th of 13, 28l behind Lincoln (9-5) at Ayr 7f 2yo mdn (4) sft in Sep.
Bahama Dancer Bahamian Bounty filly out of Arlene Phillips.
Cape Karli (IRE) 10-1 (8-8) Chased winner until ridden 2f out, chased leaders, weakened under pressure over 1f out, 6th of 7, 11l behind Mymatechris (8-13) at Bath 1m 4f mdn stks (5) fm in Jun.