An open race in which there appears to be plenty of pace; of the many candidates our short-list has been reduced to TWILIGHT STAR, Annes Rocket and Lastkingofscotland. Roger Teal has saddled three winners from his last eight runners and it's to be hoped that that form rubs off on Twilight Star who disappointed when last seen. He had run well prior to that though, is well handicapped on his best form, has won twice for Ted Durcan and twice at this track. Annes Rocket produced a telling turn of foot to win a similar contest impressively at Salisbury and has been given a chance with just a 4lb rise for that success but there is a doubt as to whether this track will show him in his best light. Lastkingofscotland has run well on both starts since joining this yard from a Redcar seller and may benefit from his usual blinkers being swopped for a visor. Many more go to post with live claims but Twilight Star may be able to eclipse them all.
Lastkingofscotland (IRE) 13-2 (9-9) Close up, headway over 1f out, ridden and every chance when hung left inside final furlong, kept on, 3rd of 12, 1 1/2l behind Yankee Storm (9-6) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Buxton 16-1 (9-4) Held up, never a factor, 8th of 10, 13l behind Avertis (9-7) at Epsom Downs 7f hcp 0-80 (4) gd.
Lodi (IRE) 8-1 (9-4) Went left start, chased leader, ridden 2f out, one pace final furlong, 6th of 13, 3l behind Army Of Stars (9-0) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Twilight Star (IRE) 15-2 (8-13) Held up, headway to track leaders 5f out, ridden and weakened 2f out, 7th of 8, 15l behind King's Colour (9-11) at Epsom Downs 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Art Market (CAN) 8-1 (9-7) Raced wide with leaders, led over 4f out,ridden and headed over 1f out, rallied inside final furlong, not quicken near finish, 2nd of 10, 3/4l behind Eager To Bow (9-2) at Brighton 7f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jun.
Sairaam (IRE) 10-3fav (10-0) In touch, effort 2f out, ridden and every chance over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, no impression, 4th of 11, 5l behind Admire The View (9-9) at Doncaster 7f fll hcp (5) gf in Jun.
Al Khimiya (IRE) 9-1 (8-11) Chased leaders, ridden and every chance 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 8, 3l behind Cloud's End (9-7) at Lingfield 7f 3yo fll hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jun.
El Libertador (USA) 3-1fav (9-7) Tracked leaders, ridden over 3f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 12, 8l behind Crocodile Bay (9-5) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp (0-65) (6) pol.
Lady Florence 9-4fav (9-10) Chased leader until over 4f out, chased leaders until lost place over 2f out, beaten when hung left over 1f out, soon eased, last of 8, 18l behind Inquisitress (8-12) at Brighton 1m hcp 0-65 (6) fm.
Musical Script (USA) 15-2 (9-11) Took keen hold, held up in last trio, effort and switched left to centre inside final 2f, soon ridden and no impression final furlong, 5th of 10, 7l behind Fire King (9-1) at Brighton 1m hcp 0-60 (6) gd.
Annes Rocket (IRE) 10-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, headway on outside going well over 2f out, led and edged right inside final furlong, kept on well, won at Salisbury 7f am hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jun beating Eye For The Girls (10-1) by 1 1/4l, 12 ran.
Feet of Fury 16-1 (9-4) Held up, ridden and some headway over 2f out, never dangerous, 5th of 9, 6l behind Dabbers Ridge (9-9) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Calabaza 33-1 (8-4) Mid-division, pushed along 3f out, weakened quickly halfway, tailed off, last of 11, 45l behind Colorus (9-0) at Windsor 5f app hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Jul '09.
Ymir 12-1 (9-6) Always towards rear, under pressure halfway, no chance final 2f, 12th of 15, 23l behind Prime Circle (9-8) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-55 (6) gs in Jun.
Clearing House 9-1 (8-6) Held up mid-division, chased leaders 3f out, ridden 2f out, soon led and edged left, headed last 100 yards, kept on, 2nd of 7, 3l behind Count Ceprano (8-11) at Yarmouth 1m 2f app hcp 0-60 (6) gf.