Nicholascopernicus went close here in June but never looked likely to take a hand in the finish at Newmarket on Saturday. Hymenaios didn't appear to stay 1m4f at Salisbury last time but any easing of the ground would suit the Hannon three-year-old and would also help First Post, though the latter's best form has come over a mile at Sandown. Perfect Cracker won twice over course and distance in June but couldn't handle the extra weight when bidding for a hat-trick at Doncaster. French import L'ORFEO has his first run for almost a year and sports the Godolphin blue for the first time but there is just a chance that he'll prove a bit better than this grade and he's unlikely to fail through lack of fitness.
Nicholascopernicus (IRE) 13-2 (9-6) Slow into stride close up after 1f, ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 4th of 5, 11l behind Clon Brulee (10-0) at Newmarket 1m 2f hcp 0-100 (2) sft.
L'orfeo (9-4) 2nd of 6, 3/4l behind Kareman (8-13) at Toulouse(FR) 1m 2f 3yo stk gd in Sep.
Perfect Cracker 4-1 (8-13) Took keen hold, held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, chased leaders 2f out, no impression and weakened entering final furlong, 7th of 10, 6l behind Gabrial The Hero (9-2) at Doncaster 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jul.
Hymenaios (IRE) 9-4fav (9-6) Held up in rear, headway on outer to track leaders over 3f out, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 7, 14l behind Kinshasa (9-3) at Salisbury 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Jun.
First Post (IRE) 8-1 (8-10) Took keen hold, held up towards rear, headway on outside over 2f out, ridden and weakened inside final 2f, 9th of 11, 22l behind Chain Of Events (8-13) at Sandown 1m 2f hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Jun.
Karam Albaari (IRE) 20-1 (9-4) Slowly into stride, held up in rear, struggling towards rear 4f out, headway over 1f out, plugged on same pace and no impression final furlong, 7th of 12, 5l behind Red Runaway (9-4) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Jul.