The progressive Blue Flight was impressive at Ascot last month but was earlier outstayed by MY OLD GOLD over this longer trip at Wetherby and is 3lb worse off so may struggle to turn the tables. Tanarpino has his ground and was in good form last summer but a lengthy absence won’t aid his cause. Petiville is probably in need of a confidence-booster.
Tanarpino 1-2fav (11-4) Led until after 2nd, chased winner, pushed along before 14th, closed 2 out, stayed on, not quite able to challenge, 2nd of 5, 2 1/2l behind Mighty Leader (11-4) at Perth 3m (4) gd in Jun.
Blue Flight (FR) 11-2 (11-7) Chased clear leading pair until after 6th, off the pace in 4th, pushed along and closer before 11th, 3rd before 4 out, pushed along before 2 out, stayed on to lead before last, kept on well run-in, won at Ascot 2m 3f hcp (3) gs in Jan beating Ecu De La Noverie (11-11) by 8l, 6 ran.
My Old Gold (IRE) 7-4fav (11-4) Tracked leaders, led 2 out, mistake last, soon strongly challenged, hard driven, stayed on well, won at Wetherby 3m hcp (3) gs in Jan beating Lough Salt (10-5) by 3/4l, 6 ran.
Petiville (FR) 9-1 (10-8) Held up in touch, went 3rd at 3rd, weakened 5 out, blundered and unseated rider 3 out, at Ludlow 2m 4f hcp (3) gs in Jan.