An interesting median auction maiden contest where IRON VELVET can make it third time lucky, with debutants Vale Of York and Hot Prospect very interesting opponents. The selection represents Mark Johnston, whose juveniles tend to take a run or two to reach fever pitch, and we are hoping that this is the case with Iron Velvet. The Dubawi colt improved from his first run to finish runner-up at long odds over 6f here earlier in the month, but this step-up in trip looks ideal. There is every chance that he will relish the cut in the ground and he can put his experience to full use and break his duck. Vale Of York increased in price from foal to two-year-old, which along with the form of the Godolphin runners is taken as a positive, and he has enough winning relatives to suggest that he could have a huge say in the outcome of this. Neither Our Joe Mac nor Mark Anthony would have the pedigree to suggest that they can win tonight, but they are likely to be nice sorts who will pick up a win before long. A more interesting first-timer looks to be Hot Prospect, whose dam won over this trip as a juvenile and whose sire, Motivator, relished cut in the ground and won on debut. He looks likely to be too good for most of those with previous experience, but we will take one of them, Iron Velvet, to come home in front.
Althabea 50-1 (8-11) Chased leaders, outpaced halfway, 6th of 9, 4l behind Annia Galeria (8-6) at Leicester 5f 2yo sll (6) gf.
Claimant (IRE) 66-1 (9-3) Chased leaders over 4f, 12th of 14, 16l behind Emerald Commander (9-3) at Newbury 7f 2yo mdn (4) sft.
Hoof It 12-1 (8-9) Slowly into stride, behind, stayed on from over 1f out, 4th of 11, 6l behind Victoire De Lyphar (8-12) at Doncaster 6f 2yo mdn aut (5) gf in Jun.
Hot Prospect Motivator colt out of Model Queen.
Iron Velvet (USA) 16-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, outpaced and lost place halfway, headway on outside over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, went 2nd towards finish but no chance with winner, 2nd of 13, 4l behind Chaperno (9-3) at York 6f 2yo mdn aut (4) gf.
Kerolad (IRE) 200-1 (8-12) Chased leaders, lost place over 2f out, soon weakened, 9th of 12, 21l behind Silenceofthewind (9-3) at Newcastle 6f 2yo mdn aut (5) gf in Jun.
Mark Anthony (IRE) Antonius Pius colt out of Zuniga's Date.
Our Joe Mac (IRE) Celtic Swing gelding out of Vade Retro.
Palio Square (USA) Harlan's Holiday colt out of Teewee's Hope.
Start Right 33-1 (9-3) Towards rear, pushed along over 2f out, never near leaders, 10th of 16, 13l behind Classic Colori (9-3) at Windsor 6f 2yo mdn (5) gf.
Vale Of York (IRE) Invincible Spirit colt out of Red Vale.
Dead Womans Pass (IRE) 40-1 (8-12) Slowly into stride, behind, some headway from over 1f out, never nearer, 7th of 12, 17l behind Silenceofthewind (9-3) at Newcastle 6f 2yo mdn aut (5) gf in Jun.
Sovereign Secure (IRE) Kyllachy filly out of Affaire Royale.