soon led, went clear halfway until over 2f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong
held up in mid-division, headway chasing leaders over 2f out, soon ridden, weakened 2f out
slowly into stride, held up and behind, some late headway, never on terms
slowly into stride, always towards rear, ridden and beaten 3f out
slowly into stride, behind, ridden and no impression inside final 2f, never on terms
held up in mid-division, headway on outside 2f out, soon edged left, ridden and weakened inside final 2f
led briefly, chased leaders, went 2nd over 2f out, ridden to lead again over 1f out, held on gamely
dwelt, keen and soon tracking leader until over 2f out, chased leaders, ridden and still every chance well inside final furlong, no extra close home
in touch on inside, pushed along over 3f out, headway chasing leaders 3f out, ridden 2f out, every chance throughout final furlong, just held
chased leaders on outside, lost place soon after halfway, ridden and weakened over 3f out
STRONG STEPS won this in 2017 and has been threatening a return to winning ways. A runner-up at Hamilton last time, he had earlier finished in front of Chinese Spirit and Pudding Chare when beaten only a nose over track and trip so Jim Goldie’s charge gets the nod. Vive La Difference posted one of his better efforts when placed at Ripon recently but it was testing going when Zodiakos scored at Haydock earlier and Mustaqbal is also best with plenty of cut in the ground.
Theodorico (IRE) 16-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, pushed along 4f out, soon lost place and behind, tailed off 2f out, last of 12, dist behind Call Out Loud (9-2) at Leicester 7f hcp (4) gs in Jun.
Mustaqbal (IRE) 25-1 (9-13) Dwelt, soon in mid-division, headway chasing leaders over 2f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 5th of 12, 5 1/4l behind Star Shield (9-12) at Doncaster 1m hcp (5) gs in Jun.
Vive La Difference (IRE) 16-1 (9-2) Slowly into stride, held up in rear, pushed along and headway on inside over 1f out, kept on to take 3rd well inside final furlong, 3rd of 7, 1 1/4l behind Alfred Richardson (10-0) at Ripon 1m hcp (4) gd in Jul.
Zodiakos (IRE) 11-2 (9-10) Raced centre, slowly into stride, held up, never dangerous, 8th of 12, 14 1/4l behind Mountain Rescue (9-11) at Newmarket 1m hcp (5) gs in Jun.
My Amigo 9-1 (10-1) Always behind, 11th of 12, 10 3/4l behind Salam Zayed (8-9) at Chester 1m hcp (4) gd in Jul.
Najashee (IRE) 7-1 (8-13) Tracked leaders on inside, effort over 2f out, soon ridden, kept on same pace, weakened final furlong, last of 12, 10 1/4l behind Archie Perkins (9-9) at York 1m 2f hcp (4) gf in Jul.
Royal Shaheen (FR) 33-1 (9-10) Slowly into stride, soon in touch on inside, lost place when not much room over 2f out, well held and not much room inside final furlong, 12th of 14, 8 3/4l behind Redarna (9-10) at Carlisle 1m hcp (5) gs in Jun.
Strong Steps 5-1 (9-6) In touch, headway over 2f out, challenging when hung right over 1f out, soon every chance, kept on same pace, 2nd of 8, 1 1/4l behind Set In Stone (9-11) at Hamilton 1m hcp (5) gs in Jul.
Equidae 4-1 (9-6) Mid-division, headway on inside over 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, never on terms, 5th of 8, 4l behind Set In Stone (9-11) at Hamilton 1m hcp (5) gs in Jul.
Chinese Spirit (IRE) 4-1 (9-7) Tracked leaders, headway on outside 2f out, ridden and stayed on to chase leaders final furlong, held towards finish, 3rd of 11, 3/4l behind Rosemay (8-6) at Ayr 1m hcp (6) gs in Jul.
Pudding Chare (IRE) 9-2 (8-13) Tracked winner, ridden 2f out, stayed on same pace, lost place over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 10, 5 3/4l behind Alfa McGuire (9-12) at Ayr 1m hcp (5) gd in Jul.
Orobas (IRE) 33-1 (9-5) Mid-division, driven over 3f out, headway under pressure over 2f out, soon ridden, not reach leaders, weakened well inside final furlong, 7th of 10, 4 1/4l behind Northernpowerhouse (9-6) at Musselburgh 7f hcp (5) gd in Jul.
Lucky Violet (IRE) 13-2 (9-3) Mid-division, driven to chase leaders over 2f out, ridden and staying on when short of room and checked inside final 100 yards, no extra, 5th of 10, 2 1/4l behind Northernpowerhouse (9-6) at Musselburgh 7f hcp (5) gd in Jul.
Alexandrakollontai (IRE) 33-1 (9-2) Held up towards rear, beaten well over 2f out, last of 8, 16 3/4l behind Set In Stone (9-11) at Hamilton 1m hcp (5) gs in Jul.