ALMAGEST has been given a short break after his fourth at Sandown in June. He gets the tentative vote here as he should still be further forward than the returning duo Durante Alighieri and The Mongoose. Both showed enough last year to suggest they'd be winning this season, but it might not be today. Cairncross improved at Pontefract last week and she's not out of this, while the newcomer Race To Dubai makes more appeal than stablemate Jameel, and fellow debutant Riviera Stars is worth a second glance as he's related to five winners.
Rysbrack (USA) 14-1 (9-12) Dwelt mid-division, headway to lead 5f out, ridden and headed 2f out, kept on one pace final furlong, 5th of 10, 9l behind Cops And Robbers (9-1) at Newmarket 1m 4f mdn stks (5) gd.
Almagest 7-4fav (9-3) Held up in mid-division, headway on outside 6f out, chased leaders inside final 5f, hard ridden and unable to quicken over 2f out, no impression when lost 3rd close home, 4th of 17, 7l behind Timeline (9-3) at Sandown 1m 2f 3yo mdn (5) gf in Jun.
Durante Alighieri 8-1 (9-3) Raced keenly in touch, chased leaders over 2f out, progress to challenge entering final furlong, soon every chance, no extra close home, 2nd of 12, nk behind Club Oceanic (9-3) at Lingfield 1m 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Nov.
Jameel (USA) 9-2 (9-3) Mid-division on inside, pushed along breifly over 4f out, headway 2f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, no impression on front pair, 3rd of 12, 3 1/2l behind Sirius Prospect (9-3) at Kempton 7f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Nov.
Malanos (IRE) 22-1 (9-3) Led, headed 3f out, soon weakened, 9th of 11, 28l behind Eagles Peak (9-3) at Newmarket 1m 2f 3yo mdn (4) gd in Jul.
Race To Dubai (USA) Storm Cat colt out of Delicatessa.
Riviera Stars Galileo colt out of Miss Riviera Golf.
Tadabeer 14-1 (9-3) Dwelt held up, ridden over 3f out, headway over 1f out, never nearer, 4th of 10, 7l behind Maraheb (9-3) at Newmarket 1m 3yo mdn (5) gs in Jun.
The Mongoose 6-4fav (9-3) In touch, ridden over 2f out, effort over 1f out, stayed on to go 2nd post, 2nd of 15, 2 1/4l behind Unex El Greco (9-3) at Leicester 7f 2yo mdn (4) sft in Aug '10.
Touching The Stars Singspiel gelding out of Moonmaiden.
Cairncross (IRE) 7-1 (8-9) Flashed tail, soon led, ridden and headed over 1f out, soon outpaced by winner but kept on for clear 2nd, 2nd of 13, 2 3/4l behind Paramour (9-7) at Pontefract 1m mdn stks (4) gf.
Chapatti (IRE) High Chaparral filly out of Tropical Lass.
Marshmallow Tiger Hill filly out of Gooseberry Pie.
Ryedale Lass Val Royal filly out of First Dawn.