Joshua The First was beaten three lengths over C&D last month when getting 9lb from Zakreet. The latter had earlier beaten NEVER PERFECT on level terms in soft ground at Newcastle and Tom Tate's charge comes out best on that line of form. With improvement expected, he can open his account. Silver Blaze was well behind the selection at Newcastle but has since gone very close on fast going at Redcar where he had Night Flash well beaten. Neither Ashwaat nor Hunting Gonk showed enough on their debuts to be recommended here, though both are expected to improve.
Ashwaat 7-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders and keen, pushed along and lost place over 3f out, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened, 7th of 9, 13l behind Nelson's Bay (9-3) at Beverley 7f 2yo mdn (5) gf in Sep.
Hunting Gonk 50-1 (8-11) Held up in mid-division, ridden over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, never dangerous, 8th of 13, 11l behind Daghash (8-9) at Beverley 7f 2yo mdn aut (5) gf in Sep.
Joshua The First 12-1 (8-10) Chased leaders, ridden and every chance over 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 8, 3l behind Zakreet (9-5) at Ayr 1m 2yo hcp (2) sft in Sep.
Never Perfect (IRE) 9-2 (9-3) Held up, headway halfway, not pace to challenge, 4th of 10, 5l behind Zakreet (9-3) at Newcastle 7f 2yo mdn (4) sft in Aug.
Night Flash (GER) 40-1 (9-3) In touch, pushed along halfway, weakened over 2f out, 8th of 10, 10l behind Lawn Jamil (9-3) at Redcar 7f 2yo mdn (5) gf in Sep.
Silver Blaze 5-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, effort to chase winner inside final furlong, strong challenge and upsides when edged left closing stages, just failed, 2nd of 10, ns behind Lawn Jamil (9-3) at Redcar 7f 2yo mdn (5) gf in Sep.