Gran Maestro has to go down as something of a disappointment on debut when a modest third in an equally modest Uttoxeter contest. A triple winner on the level, he should improve for the experience for the Newland yard and the drop back to 2m may also assist his cause. It's strange and slightly sad to see 2008 Hardwicke Stakes winner for Aidan O'Brien at Royal Ascot, Macarthur, running in this sort of race nowadays and he's likely to find one or two too good. The choice is newcomer, QUESTIONING, for John Ferguson. A talented Group class performer for John Gosden, he was good enough to outpoint the top-class Twice Over in winning the Group 3 Earl of Sefton Stakes in 2012 at Newmarket's Craven meeting. Not seen since last September, he should have too much class for this field if all is well and he takes to timber. Imperial Plan is best of the rest.
Gran Maestro (USA) 9-4fav (10-11) Towards rear, headway before 3 out, went 3rd before 2 out, weakened last, 3rd of 7, 25l behind The Snappy Poet (10-11) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f cond mdn hdle (5) gd.
Macarthur 15-2 (11-7) Chased leading pair, went 2nd after 3 out until ridden approaching 2 out, chased leaders, weakened run-in, 4th of 9, 8l behind Tamarillo Grove (11-3) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd.
Maria's Choice (IRE) 14-1 (11-0) Prominent until 3 out, 5th of 9, 46l behind Gurkha Brave (11-0) at Worcester 2m mdn hdl (5) gf.
Market Mal 8-1 (12-0) Hdwy 9; wknd 13; wl bhnd when fell 3 out, in a race won by China House (12-0) at North Herefordshire 3m ptp gs in May, 11 ran.
Panache 13-2 (10-11) Led until approaching 3rd, chased leader until 4 out, soon driven along, weakened and slightly hampered 3 out, 6th of 7, 20l behind Midnight Thomas (10-0) at Worcester 2m nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft in May.
Questioning (IRE) 8-1 (8-11) Soon led, headed over 2f out, soon weakened, 5th of 6, 12l behind Tales Of Grimm (8-11) at Newbury 1m 1f cond Stakes (3) sft in Sep (flat).
This Is Me 10-1 (12-0) Alw pr, cl 3rd 1/2 way, wknd aftr 5out, rr & pu 3out, in a race won by Timesremembered (12-0) at Maralin 3m ire ptp in Mar '13, 16 ran.
Witness Appeal (IRE) 100-1 (10-11) Held up, well beaten 3 out, 6th of 9, 48l behind Gurkha Brave (11-0) at Worcester 2m mdn hdl (5) gf.
Imperial Plan (IRE) 7-1 (11-4) Disputed lead early, soon chased leader and clear of remainder, came back to field from before 5 out where left in lead, not fluent next, pressed 3 out, joined next, headed before last, soon one pace in 3rd, 3rd of 18, 11l behind Shutter Island (11-7) at Roscommon 2m 4yo mdn hdl gd in Jun.
Secret Beau 14-1 (10-12) In touch, closed 5th, outpaced before 2 out, plugged on flat, no impression, 4th of 9, 13l behind Gurkha Brave (11-0) at Worcester 2m mdn hdl (5) gf.
Strong Conviction 14-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders in 3rd, pushed along and no impression after 4 out, wandered approaching next, went poor 2nd flat, 2nd of 7, 20l behind Stiff Upper Lip (10-12) at Newbury 2m 4yo hdl (4) hvy in Feb.
Midnight Pearl (USA) 125-1 (10-9) Took keen hold, led and soon clear, headed before 4 out, quickly weakened before 3 out, 9th of 11, well behind Spieta (10-10) at Worcester 2m mdn hdl (5) gf.
Vera's Article (IRE) 50-1 (10-5) In rear, mistake 1st, not fluent 3rd, well behind from 7th, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Full Throttle (11-5) at Worcester 2m 7f nh nov hdl (4) gf, 9 ran.