LEWISHAM drops back to the minimum trip for his reappearance but is well clear on official ratings. A neck defeat in the Group 2 July Stakes at Newmarket was his best effort of last season and he won't need to run anywhere near that level to open his account in this. Deepest Blue is next best at the weights, with 9lb to spare over Time To Begin, but one of the less-exposed types could improve past both of the latter. They include Nottingham third Robot Boy and Leicester runner-up Flirtinaskirt, while Dandy Nicholls' filly Queen Flush should also be capable of better this year.
Island Express (IRE) 100-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, pushed along halfway, weakened over 1f out, last of 3, 15l behind Hamoody (9-8) at Southwell 6f clm stks (6) fbs.
Munaawib 9-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, chased leaders, stayed on same pace final 2f, 5th of 9, 6l behind Loyal Royal (9-7) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp (0-55) (6) pol.
Boblini 33-1 (8-12) Held up in last trio, ridden inside final 3f, never involved, 7th of 10, 12l behind Bravo King (9-3) at Lingfield 6f mdn auc stks (6) pol in Jul '11.
Deepest Blue 3-1fav (9-4) In touch, ridden 2f out, weakened final furlong, 8th of 9, 17l behind Alexandrakollontai (8-1) at Hamilton 6f 2yo hcp 0-75 (5) hvy in Sep.
Lewisham (8-11) 8th of 10, 13l behind Penny's Picnic (8-11) at Chantilly(FR) 6f 2yo Grp 3 (1) sft in Oct.
Little Eli 80-1 (9-3) Prominent, ridden over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 10, 10l behind Midnight Dream (9-3) at Wolverhampton 5f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Dec.
Robot Boy (IRE) 7-2 (9-3) Pushed along in rear, ridden 2f out, ran on final furlong, not reach leaders, 3rd of 15, 1 1/4l behind Senator Bong (9-3) at Nottingham 5f 2yo mdn (5) gs in Oct.
Supercruiser (IRE) 40-1 (9-3) Held up, ridden 2f out, not troubled leaders, 7th of 11, 9l behind Rat Catcher (9-3) at Ripon 5f 2yo mdn aut (5) gd in Jun.
Time To Begin (IRE) 7-1 (8-13) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, kept on one pace, lost 2nd inside final furlong, 3rd of 7, 7l behind Flashlight (8-12) at Wolverhampton 6f mdn stks (5) pol in Feb.
Flirtinaskirt 20-1 (8-11) Close up, ridden and every chance over 1f out, kept on, not pace of winner, 2nd of 11, 2 3/4l behind Mary's Daughter (9-0) at Leicester 5f 2yo stks (4) gs in Jun.
Queen Flush (IRE) 13-2 (8-12) Led stands' side group and well on terms, hung left and headed over 1f out, no extra final furlong, 3rd of 18, 4l behind Fire Eyes (9-0) at Thirsk 5f 2yo mdn (5) gf in Jul.