led, narrowly headed over 2f out, remained pressing leader, hung left over 1f out, led again soon after, headed final 150 yards, stayed on gamely but not pace of leading duo towards finish
A typically competitive contest but Luca Cumani usually lays one or two out for Goodwood handicaps and FULGUR looked really progressive when outpointing the heavily-punted Mijhaar in a similar contest at the Newmarket July meeting. The pair pulled clear, the form looks strong and the High Chaparral colt will surely move into Pattern company in time. Labarinto was third in that Newmarket contest and should finish closer to the selection on these revised terms. He looks a solid each-way option. Sagramor landed the Britannia Stakes at the Royal meeting and should go well for his in-form yard, although this trip is an unknown. Specific Gravity's fourth to Pisco Sour, also at Royal Ascot, reads well in view of the winner's subsequent exploits but he shoulders plenty of weight, whilst Boogie Shoes, still unexposed, and Tropical Beat, interesting up in trip, are others to note.
Belgian Bill 6-4fav (9-2) Tracked leaders, switched right over 2f out, soon ridden, edged left 1f out, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 7, 6l behind Shavansky (9-3) at Chepstow 1m hcp 0-100 (2) gs.
Specific Gravity (FR) 50-1 (9-0) Held up towards rear, headway on outside over 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, nearest finish, 4th of 16, 4 1/2l behind Pisco Sour (9-0) at Royal Ascot 1m 2f 3yo Grp 3 (1) gs in Jun.
Fulgur 7-1 (8-12) Held up, took keen hold, not clear run when making headway over 2f out, ridden and edged left over 1f out, led inside final furlong, ran on well, won at Newmarket 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gd beating Mijhaar (9-5) by 1l, 18 ran.
Tinkertown (IRE) 33-1 (9-5) Raced centre, held up in rear, stayed on inside final furlong, never dangerous, 11th of 29, 4 1/2l behind Sagramor (8-13) at Royal Ascot 1m 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gs in Jun.
Chain Lightning 11-8fav (9-3) Raced wide, held up in last trio, closer order on outside halfway, stayed on from 2f out, went 3rd over 1f out, chased winner final 120 yards, kept on, never able to challenge, 2nd of 10, 3/4l behind Oceanway (8-11) at Sandown 1m 2f hcp 0-95 (3) gd.
Labarinto 11-1 (9-1) Held up in rear, not clear run when making headway 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, went 3rd towards finish, 3rd of 18, 4l behind Fulgur (8-12) at Newmarket 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gd.
Boogie Shoes 9-4fav (8-12) Tracked leaders on inside, jumped pathway 8f out, switched right off rail over 3f out, tracked leader over 2f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, stayed on same pace towards finish, 3rd of 8, 1l behind Charles Camoin (8-6) at Epsom Downs 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gf in Jun.
Oceanway (USA) 4-1fav (8-9) Tracked leaders, ridden to lead 2f out, headed inside final furlong, stayed on, 2nd of 11, 1/2l behind High Twelve (9-7) at Ascot 1m 2f hcp 0-100 (2) gs.
Las Verglas Star (IRE) 14-1 (9-2) Tracked leaders, every chance over 1f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 5th of 13, 5l behind Albaasil (9-3) at Newmarket 1m 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gf.
Barney Rebel (IRE) 14-1 (9-3) Raced stand side, held up, headway and every chance over 1f out, ridden and kept on one pace, 7th of 19, 4 1/2l behind Albaqaa (9-7) at Newmarket 1m hcp 0-90 (3) gd.
Tropical Beat 6-1 (9-1) Held up in rear, headway over 1f out, chased leaders approaching final furlong, stayed on well, 4th of 13, 4l behind Albaasil (9-3) at Newmarket 1m 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gf.
Swift Alhaarth (IRE) 18-1 (8-5) Soon led, headed over 6f out, stayed front rank, lost place over 2f out, last of 18, 41l behind Fulgur (8-12) at Newmarket 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gd.
Cool Macavity (IRE) 16-1 (8-8) Held up in last quartet, headway on outside over 2f out, sustained run to lead inside final furlong, stayed on strongly, won at Sandown 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd beating Mr Perceptive (8-11) by 3/4l, 14 ran.
Ashva (USA) 10-3 (8-12) Held up, headway over 3f out, ridden 2f out, no extra well inside final furlong, 5th of 8, 7l behind Firebeam (8-13) at York 7f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gd.
Calaf 9-4fav (8-12) Tracked leading pair, tracked leader inside final 2f, challenged over 1f out, led narrowly inside final furlong, stayed on well, won at Chester 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd beating Ivan Vasilevich (9-7) by 1/2l, 6 ran.
Sagramor 8-1 (8-13) Raced stands side, effort over 1f out, went 2nd over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, led final 50 yards, won at Royal Ascot 1m 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gs in Jun beating Cai Shen (9-7) by 1/2l, 29 ran.