MUSIC MAESTRO is a speculative selection. Viking Dancer, Landowner and Sternlight look the group to concentrate on from the rest. Sternlight showed improved form at Yarmouth earlier this month and is open to a good deal of further progress. He has nursery written all over him, though and is one to bear in mind for future reference. Landowner seems to be off the radar as far as the Godolphin seasonal targets are concerned and it's hard to envisage him staying with the boys in blue if he fails to make rapid strides. The form of his Brighton maiden was blown out of the water when the winner was subsequently outclassed at Newmarket. So he appears to have the weight of too much expectation on his inexperienced shoulders for the time being. Viking Dancer has a good attitude and a repeat of his battling effort from Chepstow 19 days ago would bring him into the thick of the action. A mile will suit him in time and he is definitely one to bear in mind for a back-end handicap. Admittedly similar comments apply to the selection, as its early days for the son of Oratorio. However, there are plenty of winners on the dam side of his pedigree and, as he comes here on the back of a near perfect performance, Music Maestro is taken as the best option today.
Avon Grounds 80-1 (9-3) Soon ridden along to chase leaders, lost touch from halfway, 9th of 11, 23l behind Cash Queen Anna (8-12) at Redcar 7f 2yo mdn (5) gf.
Drubinca 22-1 (9-3) Towards rear, never dangerous, 7th of 9, 32l behind Cono Zur (9-3) at Newcastle 7f 2yo mdn (4) gf in Aug.
Kilmanseck 50-1 (9-3) With leader, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 7, 12l behind Glen Shiel (9-3) at Ffos Las 6f 2yo mdn (4) gd.
Landowner 9-2 (9-3) Slowly into stride, soon chasing leaders, effort 3f out, soon under pressure and weakened, 4th of 7, 6l behind Kona Coast (9-3) at Brighton 7f 2yo mdn (5) fm.
Little Buddy 100-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, always towards rear, 10th of 11, 34l behind Mingun Bell (9-3) at Warwick 7f 2yo mdn aut (5) gf in Jul.
Music Maestro (IRE) 15-8fav (9-3) Dwelt, mid-division, pushed along over 3f out, headway under pressure over 2f out, stayed on well final furlong, 2nd of 12, 1/2l behind Layla's Dancer (9-3) at Thirsk 7f 2yo mdn (4) sft.
Sternlight (IRE) 16-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, mid-division, smooth headway over 2f out, soon chasing leaders and ran green, kept on well, 4th of 8, 4l behind Business As Usual (9-3) at Yarmouth 7f 2yo mdn (4) gf.
Tislaam (IRE) 20-1 (8-13) Held up, ridden over 2f out, weakened well over 1f out, 15th of 19, 16l behind Jeannie Galloway (8-4) at Ayr 6f 2yo mdn aut (5) gs.
Viking Dancer 14-1 (9-3) In touch, headway to challenge 2f out, soon chased winner and edged right, kept on, 2nd of 10, 1/2l behind Guest Book (9-3) at Chepstow 7f 2yo mdn (5) gd.