Finflash has gone steadily backwards from his early season promise and Urban Dreamer had been going the same way until posting a better effort at Ffos Las a fortnight ago. Muir Lodge has decent claims if building on his debut effort in better company at Goodwood but NOVA CHAMP wasn't caught until inside the final furlong over 6f at Leicester last time and Stuart Williams' colt gets the nod over today's minimum trip. Captain Devious makes little appeal on breeding and may be watched.
Captain Devious Captain Gerrard colt out of Aspen Ridge.
Finflash (IRE) 12-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders, not clear run final 2f, never able to challenge, last of 6, 6l behind Outer Space (9-5) at Sandown 5f 2yo mdn (5) gd.
Nova Champ (IRE) 2-1 (9-5) Led early, prominent, led again 4f out, clear over 1f out, headed well inside final furlong, 2nd of 7, 2l behind Boadicee (9-0) at Leicester 6f 2yo mdn (4) sft in Jul.
Urban Dreamer (IRE) 4-1 (8-12) Led, ridden 2f out, kept on and edged left towards finish, soon headed, 2nd of 5, hd behind Kickboxer (9-5) at Ffos Las 5f 2yo mdn (5) gd.
Muir Lodge 33-1 (9-0) Pushed right start, soon switched left, took keen hold and held up towards rear, headway on outside over 1f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 8th of 13, 5l behind Brazos (9-0) at Goodwood 6f 2yo mdn (2) gs in Jul.