Just the three runners take on Epsom Derby runner-up Dee Ex Bee, who will likely be a short price. However, he’s run poorly the last twice and his only two wins have come on ground with plenty of give so he may be worth opposing. SUN MAIDEN is also entered in the St Leger and she still showed signs of inexperience when third in the Ribblesdale at Ascot – Sir Michael Stoute’s filly has the greater scope for improvement. The gelding Cross Counter has won three of his five starts and is a smart handicapper but Bombyx has plenty to find at the weights.
Bombyx 10-11fav (9-6) Tracked leader, led over 2f out, kept on well, won at Doncaster 1m 4f stks (4) gf in Jul beating Polish (9-6) by 3 3/4l, 4 ran.
Cross Counter 13-8fav (9-7) Held up in rear, switched left and headway over 2f out, led over 1f out, stayed on strongly, won at Ascot 1m 4f hcp (2) gf in Jul beating Berkshire Royal (8-2) by 2l, 7 ran.
Dee Ex Bee (9-3) 3rd of 6, 4 1/4l behind Kew Gardens (9-3) at Longchamp 1m 4f Grp 1 stks (1) gd in Jul.
Sun Maiden 3-1 (9-0) Held up in mid-division, pushed along and headway on outside over 2f out, went 3rd over 1f out, stayed on same pace and no chance with winner, 3rd of 10, 5 1/2l behind Magic Wand (9-0) at Ascot 1m 4f Grp 2 fll stks (1) gf in Jun.