chased leaders going well, led inside final furlong, soon headed, ran on, held close home
in rear, not clear run and hampered over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, went 4th towards finish
mid-division, not much room and lost place over 3f out, no impression after
bumped start, in rear, headway over 1f out, led inside final furlong, ran on well
prominent, ridden and one pace over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong
led, headed over 2f out, soon edged right, no extra well inside final furlong
held up, ridden on outside over 2f out, no progress
went left start, soon prominent, ridden over 2f out, weakened
chased leader, driven over 2f out, one pace over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong
mid-division, pushed along over 2f out, not clear run over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, never involved
pressed leader, led over 2f out, headed inside final furlong, stayed on
prominent, ridden over 2f out, lost place over 1f out
bumped start, held up in mid-division, driven over 2f out, effort over 1f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong
Last year's winner was the only favourite to oblige in the last 10 renewals. MAAREK will deservedly start near the head of the betting given the Group 1 winner has been taking on higher rated sprinters than these back home in Ireland. A repeat of his earlier second to Mustajeeb at the Curragh would see him go close. Line Of Reason finished ahead of Willbeme when third last year but is penalised for a subsequent Listed win at Cork while Alben Star hasn't won on Turf since 2012. Iffranesia is still improving but the draw has not been kind as she attempts to confirm recent running at Tipperary with Cordial and Dikta Del Mar and Listed winner Katawi is another with a high draw to overcome. Ridge Ranger is on the upgrade though this is much tougher than the handicap he won at Goodwood last month so Doncaster conditions race winner Red Pike is preferred.
Line Of Reason (IRE) 50-1 (9-13) Always behind, 18th of 19, 24 1/2l behind Mecca's Angel (9-10) at York 5f Grp 1 stks (1) gs in Aug.
Alben Star (IRE) 8-1 (9-5) In rear, ridden and headway on inner from over 1f out, switched right inside final furlong, ran on, not reach winner, 2nd of 11, 1l behind Pretend (9-5) at Lingfield 6f stks (2) pol in Apr.
Confessional 20-1 (8-13) Held up in rear, headway under pressure over 1f out, never dangerous, 10th of 13, 5l behind Ballesteros (8-9) at Chester 5f hcp (2) gd in Aug.
Maarek 7-1 (9-7) Held up in rear, pushed along before halfway, no impression from 2f out, 5th of 7, 5 1/4l behind Mattmu (9-3) at Curragh 6f Grp 3 stks (1) Good - Yielding in Aug.
Red Pike (IRE) 8-1 (9-2) Tracked leader, led over 1f out, strongly challenged inside final furlong, ran on well, won at Doncaster 6f stks (3) gd in Aug beating Polybius (8-13) by shd, 5 ran.
Tangerine Trees 20-1 (8-12) In touch towards stands side rail, lost place 2f out, soon behind, 19th of 20, 25 3/4l behind Caspian Prince (9-7) at York 5f hcp (2) gs in Aug.
Katawi 66-1 (8-13) Towards rear, some late headway, never dangerous, 9th of 15, 3 1/2l behind Muthmir (9-6) at Goodwood 5f Grp 2 stks (1) gf in Jul.
Northgate Lad (IRE) 9-4fav (9-2) Raced near side tracked winner, ridden 2f out, flashed tail and faded inside final furlong, 5th of 7, 3 1/4l behind Midlander (8-7) at Ascot 5f hcp (2) sft in Jul.
Cordial 33-1 (9-2) Chased leaders, ridden in 4th 2f out, under pressure in 3rd 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, lost 3rd close home, 4th of 10, 4 1/2l behind Monsieur Joe (9-7) at Tipperary 5f lst stks (1) sft in Aug.
Holley Shiftwell 40-1 (9-9) Prominent, every chance 2f out, ridden over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 23rd of 27, 10l behind Golden Steps (9-10) at Goodwood 6f hcp (2) gf in Aug.
Ridge Ranger (IRE) 14-1 (8-7) Prominent, led over 2f out, edged left inside final furlong, ran on well, won at Goodwood 5f hcp (2) gs in Jul beating Double Up (9-7) by 1 1/2l, 14 ran.
Willbeme 6-1 (8-6) Chased leaders, ridden halfway, kept on towards finish, 4th of 5, 3 1/4l behind Desert Law (8-11) at Nottingham 5f stks (3) gf in Aug.
Dikta Del Mar (SPA) 4-1 (8-13) Held up behind leaders, ridden in 5th 2f out, 4th 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong to 3rd close home, 3rd of 10, 4l behind Monsieur Joe (9-7) at Tipperary 5f lst stks (1) sft in Aug.
Brother Tiger 28-1 (9-1) Led, headed over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 9th of 27, 4 1/4l behind Golden Steps (9-10) at Goodwood 6f hcp (2) gf in Aug.
Poyle Vinnie 8-1 (9-10) Led far side group, ridden inside final 2f, one pace over 1f out, no impression with stands side when headed inside final furlong, no extra, 10th of 13, 5 3/4l behind Don't Touch (8-12) at Ripon 6f hcp (2) sft in Aug.
Iffranesia (FR) 9-2 (9-2) Prominent and chased leader, 2nd halfway, ridden 2f out, kept on same pace from over 1f out, 2nd of 10, 1 1/2l behind Monsieur Joe (9-7) at Tipperary 5f lst stks (1) sft in Aug.