Billy Blue may well have the class to take this as he's lightly-raced and on a good mark but he didn't look totally straightforward on reappearance and may not represent too much in the way of value. Gang Warfare looks the other possible improver on show but we'll go with MALACHIM MIST despite the unappealing form figures by his name. He's very well treated if rediscovering his juvenile form and his recent sixth of seven at Salisbury was nowhere near as bad as the numbers suggest. He was only beaten a couple of lengths and is a speculative choice upped to 1m2f for the first time off a tempting mark. Balmoral Castle has worked his way up to a career-high mark and is more or less guaranteed to run his race. The Portman gelding is certainly one for all shortlists.
Flashheart (IRE) 12-1 (9-12) Tracked leaders, driven 4f out, lost place inside final 2f, weakened final furlong, 6th of 9, 20l behind No Win No Fee (9-0) at Nottingham 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Balmoral Castle 5-2fav (10-9) Held up, headway on outer 2f out, led inside final furlong, won at Goodwood 1m 1f am hcp (0-70) (4yo+) (5) gd in Jun beating City Ground (10-6) by 1/2l, 10 ran.
Couloir Extreme (IRE) 25-1 (9-4) Raced in 3rd, went 2nd over 3f out, ridden edged left and lost 2nd 2f out, weakened soon after, 7th of 9, 17l behind Soul Intent (9-7) at Epsom Downs 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Nubar Boy 5-1 (9-9) Led at strong pace and soon clear, reduced lead 3f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, soon lost 2nd, weakened and lost 3rd in closing stages, 4th of 7, 8l behind Secular Society (9-13) at Brighton 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Carraig Rock 50-1 (9-12) Took keen hold tracked leader over 1f out, chased leaders, pushed along 3f out, weakened entering final 2f, 6th of 11, 19l behind Wakea (8-13) at Kempton 1m 4f mdn stks (5) pol.
Choral Festival 8-1 (9-12) Towards rear, headway on wide outside over 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 6th of 12, 11l behind Yeah Baby (9-0) at Windsor 1m 4f fll hcp (5) gd in Jun.
Billy Blue 15-2 (9-3) Tracked leaders on outside, went 2nd over 6f out, every chance 2f out, head high under pressure but still pressing leader over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 10, 5l behind Rydan (9-7) at Sandown 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Jun.
Gang Warfare 5-1 (8-11) Towards rear, headway entering final 2f, kept on final furlong, never nearer, 6th of 11, 9l behind Emulating (9-7) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-80 (4) pol.
Malachim Mist (IRE) 9-1 (8-12) Chased leading pair on inside, pushed along well over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, lost places towards finish, 6th of 7, 1 3/4l behind Hiking (9-5) at Salisbury 1m 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Scoppio Del Carro 5-1 (8-12) Held up mid-division, driven to chase leaders over 2f out, kept on same pace, never on terms, 5th of 8, 4 1/2l behind Golden Journey (9-4) at Goodwood 1m 2f 3yo app hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Jun.