tracked leaders, ridden and every chance entering final furlong, went 2nd towards finish
free to post, led 1f, tracked leader, pushed along over 2f out, weakened over 1f out
keen early, in touch in rear, wide and headway 2f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, pushed out
tracked leaders, pushed along 3f out, ridden and beaten 2f out
led after 1f, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra and lost 2nd towards finish
Mister Chiang has been beaten over shorter trips since scoring over today’s distance at Bath with Done Deal well beaten. The latter has run poorly again subsequently while Early Summer’s success at Lingfield came over a marathon trip of 2m4f. HOULTON won over course and distance back in April and found only the progressive Distant Chimes too good at Wolverhampton last time. The latter has won again subsequently and Marco Botti’s yard is in good form at present.
Houlton 9-1 (9-8) In touch, headway to track leaders 4f out, chased winner 3f out, not pace to challenge, 2nd of 11, 2 1/4l behind Distant Chimes (9-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp (5) pol in Aug.
Early Summer (IRE) 16-1 (8-0) Keen in mid-division early, towards rear over 12f out, behind and struggling soon after, 17th of 19, 24 1/4l behind Timoshenko (8-0) at Goodwood 2m 5f hcp (2) gd in Jul.
El Borracho (IRE) 16-1 (9-8) Steadied start, held up in last pair, never a factor, last of 7, 21 3/4l behind Tammooz (9-5) at Windsor 1m 3f hcp (4) gd in Aug.
Done Deal (IRE) 7-1 (8-11) Led, pushed along 3f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened final furlong, last of 7, 12 3/4l behind Mandarin (9-8) at Newmarket 1m 4f hcp (4) gf in Aug.
Mister Chiang 9-2 (9-9) Led, niggled along and headed 3 out, weakened over 1f out, eased well inside final furlong, 6th of 7, 14 1/2l behind Euro Implosion (9-1) at Ripon 1m 4f hcp (5) sft in Aug.