Recent Hamilton maiden winner Sand Skier looks the pick of Mark Johnston's two runners ahead of Sea Lord but YAA WAYL sets a decent standard and is taken to resume winning ways for Michael Jarvis. The son of Whipper seemed not to appreciate the fast surface when beaten at Pontefract earlier this month but he looks worth siding with back on a softer surface having chased home Layla's Hero on similar going in a competitive nursery at Haydock previously. Layla's Dancer, a stable companion of the selection's conqueror at Haydock, has every chance on his nursery debut off mark of 77 having won well on his first start in a soft ground maiden at Thirsk. Michael Jarvis is also represented by Dylanesque but she needs to improve on her showing at Epsom last time to get involved at the business end of the race and of more interest may be the lightly raced Be Invincible for the yard of Barry Hills that has a good record here. The softer ground may be of some concern to him though, while Subtefuge looks to be going the right way but is another that would probably prefer faster ground. Gerard Butler's Swiss Cross has improved with each start and should handle the more testing ground today being by Cape Cross out of an Indian Ridge mare. He looks one of the main threats to the selection, Yaa Wayl.
Sea Lord (IRE) 7-2 (9-3) Led, ridden 2f out, joined and edged right inside final furlong, headed final 50 yards, 2nd of 6, hd behind Audacity Of Hope (9-9) at Newmarket 7f 2yo hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Sep.
Desert Auction (IRE) 10-1 (9-7) Keen hold, held up in touch, ridden 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 10, 6l behind Pleasant Day (9-2) at Ascot 7f 2yo hcp (3) gf in Sep.
Haltela (IRE) 22-1 (9-2) Slowly into stride, in rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, hung right and weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 12, 7l behind Bossy Kitty (7-12) at York 6f 2yo hcp (3) gd.
Sand Skier 8-11fav (9-3) Made virtually all, clear inside final furlong, readily, won at Hamilton 6f 2yo mdn (5) gd in Sep beating Tatiana Romanova (8-12) by 4l, 8 ran.
Sunnandaeg 14-1 (9-0) Keen, hung left throughout, held up, ridden over 2f out, kept on final furlong, never dangerous, 5th of 12, 7l behind Layla's Hero (9-0) at York 6f 2yo Listed stks (1) gd.
Goodwood Maestro 11-10fav (9-2) In touch, no impression final furlong, 5th of 6, 7l behind Treadwell (9-2) at Kempton 6f 2yo nov stks (5) pol.
Yaa Wayl (IRE) Evensfav (9-7) Chased leaders, ridden and weakened approaching final furlong, 4th of 9, 9l behind Edgewater (9-0) at Pontefract 6f 2yo hcp 0-85 (5) gf.
Be Invincible (IRE) 7-4fav (9-0) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, kept edged left and kept on same pace final furlong, 3rd of 8, 3 1/2l behind Roi De Vitesse (9-0) at Pontefract 6f 2yo stks (2) gd in May.
Leviathan 20-1 (9-6) Raced wide in touch, improved to track leader over 4f out until approaching 2f out, soon weakened, hung right and eased final furlong, 7th of 12, 15l behind William Morgan (8-9) at York 7f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Sep.
Swiss Cross 10-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, switched left over 4f out, pushed along over 2f out, ridden well over 1f out, ran on well inside final furlong to lead towards finish, won at Newmarket 7f 2yo mdn (4) gf beating Esaar (9-3) by 1/2l, 8 ran.
Unshakable Will (IRE) 7-1 (9-3) Close up, ridden over 1f out, challenged inside final furlong, not quicken, 2nd of 11, 3/4l behind Bahraj (8-3) at Catterick 7f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Subtefuge 10-1 (9-0) Made all, edged right over 1f out, clear final furlong, stayed on well, eased near finish, won at Warwick 7f 2yo fll mdn (5) gf in Sep beating Rule Of Nature (9-0) by 3l, 12 ran.
Dylanesque 11-4 (9-0) Held up, pushed along 3f out, hung left 2f out, onepace and no impression when not much room well inside final furlong, last of 6, 3 1/2l behind Lord Aeryn (7-13) at Epsom Downs 7f 2yo hcp 0-90 (3) gf.
Edgewater (IRE) 11-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, kept on to lead close home, won at Pontefract 6f 2yo hcp 0-85 (5) gf beating Shibhan (8-9) by shd, 9 ran.
Layla's Dancer 9-2 (9-3) In touch, headway to lead 2f out, stayed on strongly, won at Thirsk 7f 2yo mdn (4) sft in Sep beating Music Maestro (9-3) by 1/2l, 12 ran.