Kevin Ryan introduced The Grey Gatsby in this race last season and he saddles another likely type in FLAMING SPEAR. Sold for £260,000 at the Doncaster sales, he is out of a dam that was a winner on her racecourse debut. Mattmu has already had three starts and wasn't far away on a recent visit to Carlisle. Richard Fahey saddles an unprecedented four in the race and all appear to be long-term prospects. Polarisation was an expensive failure when failing to act upon the Fibresand at Southwell and given the vagaries of that surface, Mark Johnston's colt can be forgiven for that apparent below-par performance. We haven't seen too many Godolphin juveniles as yet so the market will give us plenty of idea as to where Best Example sits in the pecking order.
Arcano Gold (IRE) Arcano colt out of Azia.
Best Example (USA) King's Best colt out of Born Something.
Birkdale Boy (IRE) 14-1 (9-2) Towards rear, pushed along 4f out, well beaten over 2f out, 9th of 10, 18l behind Pallister (9-5) at York 6f 2yo mdn (3) gd in Jun.
Charlotte's Secret 12-1 (9-2) Tracked leaders, outpaced over 2f out, driven and stayed on same pace final furlong, never on terms, 6th of 8, 5l behind Lady Desire (8-11) at Hamilton 6f 2yo mdn (5) gd in Jun.
Chollima 50-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders in 3rd, ridden over 1f out, soon weakened, 8th of 12, 16l behind Home Cummins (9-0) at Redcar 7f 2yo mdn (5) gf in Jun.
Essaka (IRE) 7-1 (9-5) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 4th of 9, 9l behind Strath Burn (9-5) at Newbury 5f 2yo mdn (4) gd.
Flaming Spear (IRE) Lope De Vega colt out of Elshamms.
Mattmu 15-8 (9-5) Tracked leader, every chance over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 2nd of 9, 5l behind Likely (9-0) at Carlisle 5f 2yo mdn (5) gd in May.
Moonlightnavigator (USA) Henrythenavigator colt out of Victorica.
Polarisation 5-6fav (9-5) Raced wide, tracked winner, pushed along over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, eased when held inside final furlong, 2nd of 5, 3 1/2l behind Spindle (9-0) at Southwell 7f 2yo mdn stks (5) fbs in Jun.
Lady Gemini 8-1 (9-0) Led on inside, headed 2f out, chased winner, ridden and held over 1f out, soon lost 2nd and kept on same pace in 3rd, 3rd of 9, 4 1/2l behind Rathaath (9-0) at Bath 6f mdn (5) fm in Jun.
Milady Eileen (IRE) Footstepsinthesand filly out of Arazena.
Snoway 22-1 (9-0) Keen early in touch, ridden halfway, kept on final furlong, nearest finish, 4th of 7, 10l behind Tachophobia (9-5) at Catterick 6f 2yo mdn aut (5) gf.