Taqneen is likely to come in for support after his third second spot in succession at Haydock but the value of his previous narrow defeat on that track has taken a knock and he looks one to oppose. Iftikaar was cheaply bought after half-a-dozen outings in France and had little chance on his debut for Philip Kirby here last month but ran respectably and will have come on for the run, his first for over a year. Millkwood has now had 22 starts and seems better on ground with some give while the stoutly-bred Gleese The Devil looked as though a longer trip would suit when staying on at Carlisle. GUESSHOWMUCHILOVEU is related to a host of winners, including Irish Oaks winner Vintage Tipple. He makes the journey from Newmarket so, in a race that shouldn't take too much winning, he's handed a speculative vote though the market may tell us more.
Cliff (IRE) 7-1 (9-8) Held up in touch, driven to chase leaders over 2f out, went 3rd and ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace, no chance with front pair, 3rd of 7, 8l behind Lockhart (9-5) at Pontefract 1m 3yo & 4yo mdn (5) gf in Jul.
Iftikaar (IRE) 4-1 (9-13) Tracked leader, led over 2f out, headed entering 2f out, ridden over 1f out, no chance with winner, 2nd of 8, 7l behind Musaddas (9-13) at Thirsk 1m mdn stks (5) gf in Jul.
Millkwood 11-1 (9-7) Towards rear, never on terms, 13th of 15, 8l behind Another For Joe (9-6) at Carlisle 1m hcp (4) gf in Jun.
Gleese The Devil (IRE) 18-1 (9-2) Tracked winner until ridden 3f out, rallied to chase winner again over 1f out, one pace final furlong, 2nd of 6, 3 1/2l behind Law Keeper (9-0) at Carlisle 1m 1f mdn stks (5) gd in Jul.
Guesshowmuchiloveu (IRE) Cape Cross colt out of Overruled.
Medicine Hat 100-1 (9-0) Held up in rear, ridden aover 1f out, plugged on inside final furlong, went modest 4th close home, 4th of 7, 9l behind Ryeolliean (9-0) at Newcastle 1m 2yo mdn (5) sft in Oct.
Taqneen (IRE) 11-4 (9-5) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, kept on to take 2nd towards finish, 2nd of 6, 1/2l behind Elsiniaar (9-13) at Haydock 1m mdn stks (5) gf in Jul.