ART OF WAR went close on his debut at Ascot and separated a couple of subsequent winners when third at Nottingham on his reappearance. Tom Dascombe's charge should have more luck in this company and can get off the mark. Makruma has a shout on November's second at Newmarket but Dane O'Neill prefers Almashooqa, who should have come on for her run behind Oaks fancy Inchila at Newbury. Mendelita finished closer at Thirsk last time and better is expected from Special Fighter.
Art Of War (IRE) 13-8fav (9-5) Slowly into stride, soon chasing leaders on inside, ridden well over 1f out, ridden and one pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 9, 2 1/2l behind Sacred Act (9-5) at Nottingham 1m 3yo mdn (5) sft in Apr.
Lacerta Astronomer Royal gelding out of Rubber.
Private Dancer 40-1 (9-5) Slowly into stride, soon pushed along and reminders, outpaced from halfway, 8th of 15, 9l behind Approach The West (9-0) at Redcar 7f 2yo mdn (5) gd in Sep.
Special Fighter (IRE) 25-1 (9-5) Took keen hold, tracked leader for 3f, tracked leading pair, ridden 3f out, not much room on inside entering final 2f, weakened final furlong, 7th of 11, 13l behind Prince Of Stars (9-5) at Chester 1m 2f 3yo mdn (3) gd.
Walk Like A Giant 40-1 (9-5) Dwelt keen early, always towards rear, weakened over 2f out, 8th of 9, well behind Dullingham (9-5) at Pontefract 1m 2f 2yo mdn (4) gd in Oct.
Almashooqa (USA) 8-1 (9-0) Held up towards rear, pushed along and effort over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, edged left and stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 6th of 11, 5l behind Inchila (9-0) at Newbury 1m 2f mdn fll stks (4) gs in Apr.
Makruma 11-2 (9-0) Led, brought field to centre of course in straight, headed inside final 2f, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 6th of 12, 16l behind Bright Approach (9-0) at Newbury 1m 2f mdn fll stks (4) gs in Apr.
Mendelita 12-1 (8-11) Chased leaders on outside, ridden and hung left from over 2f out, no extra final furlong, 5th of 9, 7l behind Royal Temptress (9-0) at Thirsk 7f 3yo mdn (4) gd.
Yawail Medicean filly out of Al Tamooh.