TIMES UP generally needs a run to put him straight so it was no real surprise to see him finish well beaten behind Cracking Lass at Doncaster last month. John Dunlop's gelding, who has the beating of Simenon on last year's form, left that run well behind when scoring at Newmarket next time and, though yet to win over this longer trip, can reverse Town Moor running with Richard Fahey's mare here. His stable has won this twice in the last five years. Theology never reached the leaders when finishing last of six finishers in the Sagaro Stakes at Ascot on his reappearance but is better than that and holds stronger claims than recent Aintree winner Oasis Knight.
Montaff 22-1 (9-0) Held up towards rear, effort and some headway over 1f out, soon weakened, 10th of 17, 13l behind Overturn (8-13) at Chester 2m 3f hcp (4yo+) (2) gf.
Oasis Knight (IRE) 25-1 (8-12) Led, headed over 2f out, soon weakened, 4th of 5, 15l behind Manifest (8-12) at York 1m 6f Grp 2 (1) gf in May '10.
Palomar (USA) 10-1 (8-6) Held up behind, headway 2f out, ridden to chase leaders over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, never reached leaders, 7th of 22, 5l behind Times Up (8-13) at Doncaster 1m 4f hcp (2) gs in Nov.
Prospect Wells (FR) 66-1 (9-10) Towards rear, headway under pressure into mid-division 2f out, no further progress, 11th of 22, 12l behind Times Up (8-13) at Doncaster 1m 4f hcp (2) gs in Nov.
Simenon (IRE) 3-1fav (9-3) Led until 10f out, tracked leader, led again over 4f out, headed 2f out, chased winner until over 1f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 10, 2 3/4l behind Investissement (9-3) at Goodwood 1m 6f hcp 0-105 (2) gd in Apr.
Theology 2-1fav (8-11) Held up in touch, went 4th 4f out, ridden on outside and unable to quicken 3f out, ridden and and no response 2f out, never reached leaders, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 7, 6l behind Askar Tau (9-1) at Ascot 2m Grp 3 (1) gf in Apr.
Times Up 8-1 (9-10) Held up, headway over 3f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, rallied to lead again post, won at Newmarket 1m 4f hcp 0-105 (2) gf beating Sharaayeen (9-1) by shd, 12 ran.
Cracking Lass (IRE) 15-2 (8-10) Towards rear, driven and headway on outside over 2f out, soon ridden, stayed on inside final furlong to go 2nd post, 2nd of 9, 1 1/4l behind Red Cadeaux (9-4) at Hamilton 1m 4f listed hcp 0-110 (1) gd.