Lilyfire made a winning start at Ascot last month but both placed horses have let the form down since. Hunters Creek won a maiden on the Polytrack three weeks ago and that looks stronger form than The Alamo's victory at Windsor. SMART SALUTE had a subsequent winner behind when scoring over 6f at Redcar and with this extra furlong expected to suit, Ed Walker's colt gets the vote to follow-up. Gown never figured at Chester last time but Ryan Moore's presence suggests she may well turn out best of the remainder.
Lilyfire (USA) 8-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, effort well over 1f out, stayed on to lead well inside final furlong, ridden out, won at Ascot 7f 2yo stks (4) gd in Jul beating Psychometry (9-0) by 1/2l, 18 ran.
Smart Salute Evensfav (9-5) Held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, stayed on to lead well inside final furlong, won at Redcar 6f 2yo mdn (5) gd in Jul beating Dutch Breeze (9-5) by 1/2l, 11 ran.
Hunters Creek (IRE) 4-6fav (9-5) Made all, clear over 1f out, in command inside final furlong, ridden out in closing stages, won at Lingfield 1m 2yo mdn stks (5) pol beating Art Wave (9-5) by 1/2l, 8 ran.
The Alamo (IRE) 2-1fav (9-5) Soon led, steadied tempo 5f out, quickened 3f out, driven over 1f out, stayed on well, unchallenged, won at Windsor 1m 2yo mdn (5) gf beating Calrissian (9-0) by 3/4l, 8 ran.
Officer Drivel (IRE) 10-1 (8-11) Keen raced wide in touch, progress to track leaders over 3f out, ridden 2f out, stayed on to press winner near finish, 2nd of 10, 1/2l behind Tea Leaf (8-10) at Lingfield 6f 2yo mdn auc stks (6) pol.
Gown (IRE) 10-1 (8-6) Mid-division on outside, headway over 2f out, wide entering straight, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace, no impression, 6th of 10, 6l behind Master Of Finance (9-1) at Chester 7f 2yo mdn aut (4) gd.
Miaplacidus (IRE) 8-1 (9-0) Unseated rider on way to post, took keen hold chasing leaders, went 2nd 4f out until 2f out, soon ridden, kept on same pace in 3rd, 3rd of 10, 4 1/2l behind Chesturo (9-0) at Thirsk 7f 2yo stks (4) gf in Jul.
Needless Shouting (IRE) 8-1 (8-9) Tracked leaders, ridden and effort over 1f out, kept on same pace, no impression with front pair inside final furlong, 3rd of 12, 3 1/2l behind What About Carlo (8-13) at Goodwood 1m 2yo mdn aut (5) gd.