The progressive RAAEQ won over today’s trip at Sandown before beating older horses when scoring easily over 7f in soft going here at the start of the month. He’ll be competing in Group races in time but can land this first. Fellow three-year old Keats finished in front of Njord when landing a Listed race at Cork while Tempus won over track and trip before finishing behind third-placed Bell Rock in the Cambridgeshire at Newmarket and is preferred to stablemate Blue Mist. King Ottokar failed to get a clear run at Doncaster dropped into a handicap for the first time and will handle the soft ground while Raising Sand and Kynren were both well beaten in the Royal Hunt Cup here in June but the former should be sharper today. Orbaan hails from last year’s winning yard and is preferred to Hortzadar while River Nymph is on the upgrade and Frankie gets the leg-up on Alternative Fact.
Raising Sand 40-1 (9-9) Raced towards far side and 4th in group of 4, pushed along and went 3rd in group 3f out, led group over 1f out and went clear in group inside final furlong, no chance with leaders near side, 8th of 23, 7 1/4l behind Dark Vision (9-1) at Ascot 1m hcp (2) gd in Jun.
Prince Eiji 16-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders, pressed leader over 3f out until 2f out, soon weakened, tailed off, 8th of 9, dist behind Certain Lad (9-5) at York 1m 1f Grp 3 stks (1) gs in Aug.
Kynren (IRE) 12-1 (9-10) Raced near side, held up, never involved, 18th of 21, 14 1/4l behind Gulliver (9-7) at York 6f hcp (2) sft in Oct.
Graignes (FR) 25-1 (9-3) Taken to post, in rear, ridden 2f out, not trouble leaders, 5th of 7, 5 1/2l behind Top Rank (9-3) at Haydock 1m Grp 3 stks (1) sft in Sep.
Orbaan 16-1 (9-11) Steadied start, held up last, headway near side of group over 1f out, stayed on in 4th inside final furlong, never going pace to threaten, 4th of 8, 3l behind Tempus (9-1) at Ascot 1m hcp (2) gs in Sep.
Bell Rock 10-1 (9-3) In touch, headway 2f out, ridden and stayed on to go 3rd towards finish, 3rd of 27, 5 1/2l behind Majestic Dawn (8-8) at Newmarket 1m 1f hcp (2) gd in Sep.
Solid Stone (IRE) 9-4fav (9-5) Went right start, tracked leaders, went 2nd over 6f out, pushed along over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, led final strides, won at Chelmsford City 1m 2f hcp (2) pol in Sep beating Sky Defender (9-7) by hd, 6 ran.
Njord (IRE) 5-2fav (9-11) Waited with towards rear, a little keen, pushed along from 3f out, headway straight, kept on without threatening inside final furlong, 4th of 11, 3 1/4l behind Lady Wannabe (9-6) at Listowel 1m 1f lst stks (1) gd in Sep.
Symbolize (IRE) 8-1 (8-13) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 9, 5l behind Glorious Journey (9-2) at Newbury 7f lst stks (1) gd in Sep.
Greenside 16-1 (9-6) Chased leaders towards far side and mid-division overall, headway chasing leaders over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on towards finish, 6th of 21, 5 1/4l behind Gulliver (9-7) at York 6f hcp (2) sft in Oct.
Raakib Alhawa (IRE) 33-1 (9-6) Tracked leader and clear of field, pushed along 3f out, lost 2nd inside final 3f, chased leaders, weakened 2f out, last of 9, 16 3/4l behind Global Giant (9-6) at Newbury 1m 2f lst stks (1) gd in Jul.
King Ottokar (FR) 16-1 (9-10) Dwelt held up in rear, headway between horses over 1f out, not clear approaching final furlong, kept on towards finish, 5th of 12, 4 3/4l behind Matthew Flinders (8-9) at Doncaster 1m hcp (2) gd in Sep.
Ropey Guest 3-10fav (9-2) Held up tracking leaders, headway on outside 2f out, went 2nd over 1f out, ridden and closed inside final furlong, quickened to lead towards finish, readily, won at Chelmsford City 7f stks (5) pol in Aug beating Fast Spin (9-4) by 3/4l, 6 ran.
Blue Mist 3-1fav (9-1) Tracked leaders when groups merged over 3f out, ridden 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 9th of 16, 4 1/4l behind Documenting (9-1) at Ascot 7f hcp (2) gd in Sep.
Raaeq (IRE) 13-8fav (9-12) Disputed lead, narrowly led over 2f out, kept on strongly entering final furlong to draw further clear, won at Ascot 7f hcp (3) sft in Oct beating Breanski (9-2) by 5l, 8 ran.
River Nymph 6-1 (9-2) Held up in midfield, headway travelling well over 3f out, joined leader over 2f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, quickened clear final furlong, won at Newbury 7f hcp (3) sft in Aug beating Tranchee (9-1) by 2 1/2l, 14 ran.
Hortzadar 14-1 (9-7) Chased leaders, pushed along over 2f out, kept on same pace from over 1f out, 9th of 20, 5 1/4l behind Ouzo (9-1) at York 1m hcp (2) sft in Oct.
Alternative Fact 11-1 (9-6) Held up in rear, ridden over 2f out, switched left over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, nearest finish, 6th of 20, 3 3/4l behind Ouzo (9-1) at York 1m hcp (2) sft in Oct.
Tempus 9-2fav (8-12) Close up, ridden over 2f out, kept on one pace final furlong, 6th of 27, 5 1/2l behind Majestic Dawn (8-8) at Newmarket 1m 1f hcp (2) gd in Sep.
Keats (IRE) 5-2fav (9-5) Tracked leader, 2nd halfway, pushed along to challenge from 2f out, ridden and edged left over 1f out, led 1f out, ran around a bit in front inside final furlong, kept on well, won at Cork 1m lst stks (1) gd in Sep beating Free Solo (9-5) by 1 1/4l, 8 ran.