The maiden won by Homestretch over course and distance earlier this month may well be the key to this. ROCK OF DREAMS finished just ahead of Ice Slice when runner-up with Aspirant back in sixth after running green. All three are open to improvement but we'll take Charlie Hills' colt to confirm the form and go one better today, though the equation is complicated by the fact that most of the fancied runners are drawn high. Rizal Park was only beaten half-a-length at Chester last month but also starts in the middle of the track. Half Way could be one of the more interesting newcomers but Killing Time may be best watched after finishing well beaten when favourite at Salisbury.
Aspirant 7-2 (9-5) Slight lead until 4f out, chased leading pair, pushed along halfway, green and hung badly left inside final 2f, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 7, 8l behind Homestretch (9-5) at Windsor 6f 2yo mdn (5) gf.
Autopilot Kyllachy colt out of Khyber Knight.
Bowsers Bold 40-1 (9-5) Towards rear, ridden over 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, no impression, 9th of 15, 7l behind Intermath (9-5) at Salisbury 6f 2yo mdn (2) gf.
Deeds Not Words (IRE) 33-1 (9-5) In touch, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 11, 17l behind Lanark (9-5) at Goodwood 6f 2yo mdn (4) gs in May.
Dont Have It Then 100-1 (8-11) Dwelt mid-division, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 8th of 10, 10l behind Honey Meadow (8-5) at Sandown 5f 2yo mdn aut (5) gf.
Fear Or Favour (IRE) Haatef colt out of Insaaf.
Half Way Haafhd colt out of Amhooj.
Ice Slice (IRE) 8-1 (9-5) Prominent on rail, led 4f out, hung badly left over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, outpaced to 3rd final 100 yards, 3rd of 7, 1 1/4l behind Homestretch (9-5) at Windsor 6f 2yo mdn (5) gf.
Killing Time (IRE) 5-2fav (9-2) In touch, ridden and outpaced over 3f out, kept on final furlong, 4th of 10, 8l behind Emperor's Hope (8-11) at Salisbury 6f 2yo mdn aut (5) gd.
Nick The Odds (IRE) Diamond Green gelding out of Impressive Act.
Rizal Park (IRE) 5-1 (9-5) Slowly into stride, mid-division, headway to chase leaders over 2f out, stayed on well closing stages, never reached winner, 2nd of 9, 1/2l behind Rosso Corsa (9-5) at Chester 6f 2yo mdn (4) gd in May.
Rock Of Dreams (IRE) 10-1 (9-5) Slowly into stride, held up, headway on outside over 2f out, pushed left and hampered over 1f out, soon ridden, ran on inside final furlong, went 2nd and closed final 100 yards, always held, 2nd of 7, 1/2l behind Homestretch (9-5) at Windsor 6f 2yo mdn (5) gf.
Penara Archipenko filly out of Takegawa.