A tight handicap to close proceedings and Sir Mark Prescott's excellent record here swings the vote in favour of LION COURT. He's no stable star but won't have to improve much on his second at Yarmouth last month to land this. Golden Creek had the rest well beaten when runner-up here last time and has solid claims, while William Haigh won his maiden at this track in May before a couple of dire efforts on turf. Cheylesmore has improved since he last raced on the Fibresand and could figure, but the remaining pair look up against it.
Golden Creek (USA) 11-2 (9-4) Tracked leaders, ridden to chase clear winner 2f out, kept on, no chance with winner, 2nd of 8, 2 1/4l behind Piceno (9-2) at Southwell 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) fbs.
William Haigh (IRE) 7-1 (9-7) Broke well, soon held up in touch, under pressure over 3f out, faded over 2f out, eased, last of 6, well behind Shadow Catcher (9-6) at Newcastle 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) hvy.
Cheylesmore (IRE) 5-1 (9-6) Led, driven inside final 2f, headed approaching final furlong, no chance with winner inside final furlong, weakened to 3rd close home, 3rd of 7, 2l behind Konstantin (9-7) at Brighton 7f hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Lion Court (IRE) 13-8fav (8-12) Soon close up on outside, driven in 5th 3f out, soon beaten, 8th of 9, 13l behind Madison Square (8-3) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Ad Vitam (IRE) 16-1 (8-0) Held up in rear, stayed on inside final furlong, never nearer, 7th of 11, 7l behind Wiseman's Diamond (8-13) at Ripon 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Jul.
Caledonia Prince 12-1 (8-1) Always towards rear, never a factor, 12th of 16, 26l behind Gower Rules (8-10) at Windsor 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Jul.