held up in rear, not clear run over 1f out, soon switched left and headway, not clear inside final furlong and switched right, went 3rd towards finish, ran on
not much room soon after start and lost place, ridden 5f out, hampered 1f out, never dangerous
prominent, led over 2f out, edged left over 1f out, headed and stayed on same pace inside final furlong
soon led, headed over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong
tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, switched right over 1f out, soon edged left and not much room, weakened inside final furlong
held up towards rear, headway 2f out, led inside final furlong, driven out
chased leaders, challenged over 1f out, every chance inside final furlong, held towards finish
chased leaders on outside, lost place over 1f out, weakened final furlong
Nicklaus has been raised 6lb for winning at Newbury but scored with plenty in hand and can figure again. He’s preferred to Walk On Walter, who won over 6f at Pontefract last time. Both Real Estate and Quick Breath went close over today’s trip at Wolverhampton and Goodwood respectively on their latest starts but ETISALAT makes most appeal. He finished third at Leicester on his handicap debut and with further progress expected in first-time headgear, Owen Burrows’ colt gets the nod.
Highlight Reel (IRE) 10-3 (9-4) Slightly awkward start, held up in rear, pulled hard, switched right and some headway over 1f out, soon hung left, no impression, 6th of 8, 4 1/4l behind Lethal Lunch (9-2) at Haydock 7f hcp (4) gf in Jun.
Etisalat 14-1 (9-4) Chased leaders near side, pushed along halfway, soon outpaced, ridden and hung right 2f out, ran on towards finish, 3rd of 9, 1 1/2l behind Areen Heart (10-2) at Leicester 7f hcp (4) gf in Jun.
Walk On Walter (IRE) 15-8fav (9-0) Made all, ridden and ran on final furlong, unchallenged, won at Pontefract 6f stks (5) gf in Jul beating Enzo's Lad (9-0) by 3/4l, 5 ran.
Busby (IRE) 7-1 (9-1) In touch, chased leaders over 1f out, kept on well, never able to challenge, 3rd of 8, 4 1/2l behind Elerfaan (9-12) at Beverley 7f stks (5) gf in May.
Lamya (GER) 4-1fav (9-8) Slowly into stride, in touch, effort over 2f out, no impression, 5th of 10, 6l behind Blackheath (9-8) at Salisbury 6f hcp (5) fm in Jul.
Quick Breath 9-4jfav (9-4) Chased leaders on inside, went 2nd 2f out, ridden to lead narrowly just over 1f out, kept on, headed post, 2nd of 9, shd behind Lord Vetinari (9-5) at Goodwood 7f hcp (5) gf in Jun.
Real Estate (IRE) 11-10fav (9-6) Tracked leaders, went 2nd just inside 2f out, soon led, hard pressed inside final furlong, edged left and headed towards finish, 2nd of 6, 1/2l behind Dutch Monarch (9-0) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp (5) pol in Jul.
Dream Mount (IRE) 25-1 (9-7) In touch, driven to chase leaders over 1f out, soon ridden, kept on inside final furlong, no impression, 6th of 14, 3 3/4l behind Island Sound (9-2) at Newcastle 7f hcp (5) pol in Jun.
Nicklaus 5-2jfav (9-5) Held up, pushed along 2f out, headway and switched left over 1f out, led inside final furlong, readily, won at Newbury 7f hcp (5) gf in Jul beating Vincenzo Coccotti (8-11) by 1 1/4l, 6 ran.