Extreme Measures created a favourable impression when making a winning debut at Newbury last month and has to be respected but is likely to be seen to better effect when tackling a longer distance next term and preference is for City of Troy, with Art Deco rated the best of the remainder. The selection was good value for his success in a Newbury conditions race on his debut last month and Sir Michael Stoute's colt is open to plenty of improvement. Similar comments apply to Charlie Egerton's Art Deco, who did little wrong on his debut at Sandown although that was on a soft surface and it remains to be seen how he will handle today's faster ground. David Barron's Ingleby Arch has more to do than when winning a Redcar maiden last time, while Nesno needs to improve on the form of his debut effort at Newcastle. The Barry Hills pair of Special Moment and Gus receive weight all round but face no easy task first time out and a safer bet looks to be City Of Troy, who is taken to follow up his debut success.
City of Troy 8-1 (8-7) Steadied start, held up, not clear run over 2f out, switched right just over 1f out, strong run final furlong to lead post, won at Newbury 7f 2yo stk (3) gf in Jul beating Murfreesboro (8-10) by a hd, 8 ran.
Art Deco (IRE) 11-2 (9-0) Tracked leader, ridden to lead over 1f out, driven and hard pressed final furlong, held on well, won at Sandown 7f 2yo mdn (5) sft in Aug beating Dawn Quest (9-0) by a nk, 8 ran.
Extreme Measures 4-1fav (9-0) Prominent and always going well,led over 2f out, shaken up over 1f out, ridden clear final furlong, won at Newbury 7f 2yo mdn (4) gf in Aug beating Hazeymm (9-0) by 2l, 11 ran.
Ingleby Arch (USA) 2-1fav (9-0) Chased leaders, led over 1f out, ran on, won at Redcar 6f 2yo mdn aut (5) gd in Aug beating Best Guess (8-9) by 3l, 18 ran.
Nesno (USA) 4-1 (9-0) Tracked leader, led halfway, ridden over 1f out, headed and no extra inside final furlong, 3rd of 15, 2 1/2l behind European Dream (9-0) at Newcastle 7f 2yo mdn aut (6) sft in Aug.
Gus Dr Fong colt, half-brother to numerous winners on the flat and over hurdles.
Special Moment (IRE) Sadler's Wells filly, half-sister to 7f winner With The Fairies.