There is little between Hartswell, Arc Royal and Wahash on handicap ratings. Hartswell gets first-time headgear and Arc Royal drops in class but Wahash could have been better drawn. So could RAY’S THE MONEY for that matter but Michael Bell’s charge still gets the vote on account of his second to Lockheed at Goodwood last month given the latter went on to place in the Acomb at York earlier this week. Double Touch steps up in trip after returning a losing favourite at Redcar and is preferred to the newcomer Zacchetto.
Arc Royal 11-1 (9-2) Held up towards rear, pushed along halfway, never involved, 11th of 15, 13 3/4l behind Bear Valley (9-6) at Goodwood 7f (2) gf in Jul.
Blue Rocks Indesatchel gelding out of Mabinia.
Bollin Ted 25-1 (9-5) Held up in rear, outpaced and well held over 2f out, 7th of 9, 11 1/4l behind Tommy Taylor (9-5) at York 7f mdn stks (4) gf in Jul.
Double Touch 2-1fav (9-5) Led to post, dwelt, held up, towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, nearest finish, 4th of 14, 2l behind Lanjano (9-5) at Redcar 6f mdn stks (5) gf in Jul.
Hartswell 11-8fav (9-5) Soon led, ridden and headed over 1f out, rallied and every chance inside final furlong, unable to quicken towards finish, 3rd of 7, 1/4l behind Winston C (9-5) at Yarmouth 7f mdn stks (4) gf in Aug.
Ray's The Money (IRE) 5-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, every chance from just over 1f out, kept on well under pressure closing stages, 2nd of 13, 1/2l behind Lockheed (9-0) at Goodwood 7f mdn stks (2) gf in Jul.
Shadow Of Hercules (IRE) 100-1 (9-5) Led 2f, pushed along halfway, stayed chasing leaders until ridden halfway, soon weakened and behind, last of 10, 15 1/4l behind Samharry (9-5) at Doncaster 7f mdn stks (4) gf in Jul.
Wahash (IRE) 9-4 (9-4) Led, ridden over 2f out, headed entering final furlong, no extra, 3rd of 5, 4 1/2l behind Spiritual Lady (9-7) at Chelmsford City 6f (4) pol in Aug.
Zacchetto (USA) Bernardini colt out of Minister's Melody.
Bloomin Lovely (IRE) 5-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, prominent, ridden over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 4th of 10, 7 1/4l behind Storm Cry (9-0) at Ripon 6f mdn fll stks (5) gd in Aug.
Jenji (IRE) 8-1 (9-0) In rear, pushed along halfway, never on terms, 9th of 10, 17 3/4l behind Boater (9-0) at Kempton 5f mdn fll stks (4) pol in Mar.