Ryan Moore's decision to hang around at York to ride EPITHET appears significant and we'll take Charlie Appleby's colt to be up to the task. A winner at Newmarket in June, he was sent off at a shade of odds-on for a novice event at Haydock but probably found the softening conditions against him. Kibaar won a maiden at Ffos Las in convincing fashion and the second has gone on to frank the form since. Bahamian Sunrise didn't do a lot wrong at Carlisle on his most recent start and with Richard Fahey providing the winner of last year's contest, it wouldn't be the greatest of surprises to see him go close. Honest Bob's has dotted up in two sellers and he attempts to mix it in better company in order to realise his third career success.
Epithet 4-7fav (9-5) Prominent, pushed along over 2f out, ridden to challenge 1f out, weakened final 100 yards, 4th of 5, 7l behind Lieutenant Kaffee (9-2) at Haydock 7f 2yo nov stk (4) gs.
Sea Wolf (IRE) 8-1 (9-7) Dwelt, in touch, headway over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 6, 1 3/4l behind Aktabantay (9-0) at Newcastle 6f 2yo nov stk (4) gf in Jun.
Denzille Lane (IRE) 50-1 (9-3) Prominent far side, pushed along halfway, looked on terms 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, not pace of leaders near side, 11th of 24, 9l behind Hootenanny (9-3) at Royal Ascot 5f 2yo lst stk (1) gd in Jun.
Kibaar 4-11fav (9-5) Made all, ridden and ran on, won at Ffos Las 5f 2yo mdn (5) gd in Jun beating Aussie Ruler (9-5) by 1/2l, 5 ran.
Honest Bob's 11-4 (8-12) Held up behind leaders, closed over 2f out, led over 1f out, clear final furlong, easily, won at Musselburgh 5f 2yo sll (4) gf in Jun beating Ventura Shadow (8-2) by 4l, 6 ran.
Billyoakes (IRE) 7-2 (9-5) Prominent, pushed along 2f out, hung right over 1f out, switched right inside final furlong, soon 2nd, stayed on under pressure to lead final 100 yards, won going away, won at Hamilton 5f 2yo mdn (5) gs in May beating Denzille Lane (9-2) by 1 1/4l, 7 ran.
Firgrove Bridge (IRE) 4-1 (9-7) Prominent, ridden when every chance over 1f out, stayed on same pace final furlong, 3rd of 4, 1l behind Don't Tell Annie (9-2) at Thirsk 5f 2yo nov stk (4) gf in Jun.
Bahamian Sunrise 6-4fav (8-8) Chased leaders on inside, pushed along halfway, switched left over 1f out, kept on into 2nd final 50 yards, no chance with winner, 2nd of 9, 1 1/4l behind Fast Act (9-4) at Carlisle 5f 2yo mdn aut (5) gf in Jun.
Rocco's Delight 50-1 (9-0) Raced wide, soon pushed along chasing leaders, went modest 3rd 2f out, 3rd of 6, 9l behind Denzille Lane (9-5) at Southwell 6f 2yo mdn stks (5) fbs in Jun.