Port Alfred has the ability to win a race of this nature though he also seems to possess a number of quirks and they have become regrettably apparent during his last couple of starts. Kaab earned a rating of 85 for his victory over course and distance on soft going, and despite the assessor's decision to revise his opinion in the interim, the claims of TIDENANDTIME appear more obvious. Mick Channon's five-year-old has hit the frame on two of his three starts this season and with his favoured fast ground, there is plenty to recommend him. Swendab has tended to come to hand at this time of the season, and having dropped 11lb since the start of the campaign, John O'Shea's six-year-old is watched closely in the betting. Jungle Bay was behind our selection at Windsor and simply isn't running well at present.
Port Alfred 9-2 (9-11) Slowly into stride, held up in 6th, driven along well over 1f out, switched left over 1f out, kept on under strong pressure into 3rd final furlong, almost snatched 2nd but no chance with winner, 3rd of 9, 2 1/2l behind Gladiatrix (9-12) at Windsor 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gs.
Tidentime (USA) 13-2 (9-10) Held up towards rear, pushed along over 2f out, never dangerous, 6th of 8, 9l behind Ralphy Boy (9-3) at Chester 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Jun.
Kaab (IRE) 20-1 (9-7) Mid-division, driven 2f out, never able to challenge, weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 9, 7l behind High On Life (9-10) at Doncaster 6f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jun.
Swendab (IRE) 5-1 (9-7) Went left and bumped start, soon led, ridden and edged left inside final furlong, no extra and headed close home, 2nd of 5, nk behind Flying Bear (9-2) at Newbury 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Honeymoon Express (IRE) 6-1 (9-9) Led on near side rail 1f, chased leader until 5f out, outpaced 4f out, no chance after, eased well inside final furlong, last of 5, 20l behind Fever Few (8-12) at Lingfield 7f flls hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Jun.
Jungle Bay 4-1fav (9-10) Dwelt, soon pushed along chasing leaders, ridden on inside over 1f out, kept on until no extra final 75 yards, 5th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Almanack (9-2) at Kempton 6f app hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Decent Fella (IRE) 33-1 (8-13) Held up, not clear run 2f out, no headway, 11th of 13, 12l behind Zaitsev (9-6) at Beverley 7f hcp 0-70 (5) gs in Jun.