ORIENTAL SPLENDOUR showed improvement when fourth in a higher grade maiden at Salisbury last time. That looks stronger form than State Of The Union's recent second at Kempton and Roger Charlton's colt gets the nod. Pipe Bomb had shown promise on his introduction at York only to disappoint at Hamilton last month while the likes of Burauq, Finton Friend and King Jerry all made modest debut efforts. Treaty Of York may prove best of the newcomers.
Best Endeavour 25-1 (9-5) Held up, headway 3f out, soon ridden, faded final furlong, 6th of 9, 8l behind Good Contact (9-5) at Leicester 7f 2yo mdn (4) sft.
Burauq 33-1 (9-5) Chased winner, pushed along to challenge over 2f out, ridden in 3rd and no impression inside final furlong, no extra in 4th final 100 yards, 4th of 8, 3 1/2l behind Steal The Scene (9-5) at Windsor 6f 2yo mdn (5) gs.
Finton Friend (IRE) 14-1 (9-5) Slowly into stride, green in rear, headway near side over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 6th of 9, 4l behind Carry On Deryck (9-5) at Newbury 6f 2yo mdn (4) gs.
King Jerry (IRE) 16-1 (9-5) Mid-division, headway on far rail and switched right to avoid injured horse over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, went modest 4th close home, 4th of 13, 5l behind Typhoon Season (9-5) at Windsor 6f 2yo mdn (5) gs in Jul.
Oriental Splendour (IRE) 10-1 (9-5) Towards rear, headway when not clear run approaching final furlong, soon switched left, ran on, nearest finish, 4th of 9, 2 1/4l behind Twilight Son (9-5) at Salisbury 6f 2yo mdn (4) gf.
Pipe Bomb 15-8 (9-5) Prominent, pushed along 3f out, ridden 2f out, soon beaten, weakened final furlong, 5th of 6, 14l behind Surewecan (9-5) at Hamilton 6f 2yo mdn (5) gd in Jul.
Russian Reward (IRE) Iffraaj colt out of Forever Times.
Salt Island Exceed And Excel colt out of Tiana.
State Of The Union (IRE) 5-6fav (9-5) Led, pushed along 2f out, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, held towards finish, 2nd of 10, 3/4l behind Spring Loaded (9-5) at Kempton 6f 2yo mdn auc stks (5) pol.
Treaty Of York (IRE) Haatef colt out of Pretty Woman.
Mullion Cove Mullionmileanhour filly out of Beechnut.
Q Twenty Girl (IRE) 7-1 (7-13) Prominent, pushed along 3f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 11, 7l behind Some Show (8-9) at Windsor 6f 2yo mdn aut (5) gs.