A good contest where KIRKLEES looks the one to be on. Frankie Dettori's mount was good enough to win the Group 2 York Stakes here last season and came back with a decent reappearance effort behind Vesuve at Ayr last time. He has won on good to soft, so hopefully this slower ground won't pose too many issues and he is selected over his optimum trip. Kings Gambit finished ahead of the selection at Ayr but, while he is a very respected yardstick, after several runs this time he is not open to as much improvement, though he does handle soft ground. The conditions are very much a concern for Jet Away, who has the form to get heavily involved if he does go on the ground.
Kings Gambit (SAF) 15-8fav (9-0) Led, ridden over 2f out, joined over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, stayed on, 2nd of 7, nk behind Vesuve (9-0) at Ayr 1m 2f Listed stks (1) gd in Sep.
Chock A Block (IRE) 12-1 (9-2) Led, pushed along 3f out, ridden and headed 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 7, 4l behind Myplacelater (8-8) at Doncaster 1m 2f cond stks (2) gd in Sep.
Demolition 20-1 (9-1) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, headway over 1f out, every chance inside final furlong, not pace of leaders, 4th of 18, 3l behind Forte Dei Marmi (9-10) at Newbury 1m 2f hcp 105 (2) gf in Sep.
Kirklees (IRE) 7-2 (9-0) In touch, ridden and every chance over 1f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, lost 3rd near finish, 4th of 7, 1 1/2l behind Vesuve (9-0) at Ayr 1m 2f Listed stks (1) gd in Sep.
Mystery Star (IRE) 16-1 (9-3) Mid-division, pushed along 4f out, soon struggling, virtually pulled up final 2f, tailed off, last of 17, well behind Cill Rialaig (8-11) at Royal Ascot 1m 4f hcp 105 (2) gf in Jun.
Jet Away 7-2 (8-8) In touch in rear, eased to outer over 3f out, headway to go 2nd over 1f out, challenged winner inside final furlong, not pace of winner, 2nd of 5, 1 1/2l behind Prince Siegfried (9-2) at Epsom Downs 1m 2f cond Stakes (3) gd in Aug.
Waseet 20-1 (8-12) Held up last, ridden on outside and no response well over 1f out, 7th of 8, 13l behind Monterosso (8-12) at Royal Ascot 1m 4f 3yo Grp 2 (1) gf in Jun.