RED RUNAWAY probably found the King George V Handicap at Royal Ascot a little too hot to handle but Ed Dunlop's colt had looked progressive, and having foregone an alternative engagement, he can take advantage of this drop in grade. Thwart has to be given the utmost respect as she has been cannily placed by connections. Unsighted in three quick outings as a juvenile, she has made the handicapper pay with two easy wins at Kempton. Glenard was highly tried as a youngster and though he's failed to trouble the judge this year, his recent appearance at Windsor was at least a step in the right direction. Simple Joys was tried over a mile in maidens and Andrew Balding's filly has shaped as if tonight's step up in trip should not inconvenience.
Red Runaway 20-1 (8-7) Mid-division, headway over 4f out, driven to challenge over 2f out, every chance over 1f out, stayed on same pace, 9th of 18, 4l behind Elidor (9-0) at Royal Ascot 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gf in Jun.
Glenard 3-1 (8-12) Tracked leaders in 4th, went 3rd inside final 3f, driven to challenge over 1f out, stayed on final furlong, pressed for 2nd in closing stages but always held by winner, 3rd of 6, 1/2l behind Evangelist (8-9) at Windsor 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Innoko (FR) (9-2) 4th of 12, 1 1/4l behind Lovely One (8-8) at Argentan(FR) 1m 2f 3yo clm gs in Apr.
Thwart 7-4fav (8-12) Held up in touch, headway over 2f out, ridden to chase leader over 1f out, kept on to lead towards finish, won at Kempton 1m 4f flls hcp (0-70) (3yo+) (5) pol in Jun beating Spieta (8-11) by 1/2l, 7 ran.
Sunblazer (IRE) 22-1 (9-6) Tracked leaders, ridden to lead over 1f out, headed entering final furlong, kept on and always held, 2nd of 12, 1 3/4l behind Wadacre Sarko (9-7) at Beverley 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Jun.
Simple Joys 12-1 (8-9) Slowly in to stride, soon tracking leading pair, pushed along over 3f out, soon outpaced and no chance with winner, ridden and stayed on to 2nd inside final furlong, 2nd of 5, 4l behind Star Pearl (9-0) at Windsor 1m 3yo mdn (5) gd in Jun.