My Reward finished a place ahead of Soldier In Action on worse terms at Chester last time but both look in the handicapper’s grip. Night Of Glory came up against a very progressive sort when second at Haydock while Sumbal wasn’t disgraced on his belated reappearance at Doncaster but Minotaur is almost certainly being readied for another campaign over hurdles. BLAKENEY POINT had Dance The Dream well behind when winning a shade cosily last time at Newbury. The second won a Group 3 at Ascot on Saturday so the form couldn’t have worked out any better and a 3lb rise looks lenient.
Soldier In Action (FR) 11-4 (9-3) Tracked leaders, outpaced 2f out, last and no impression over 1f out, last of 5, 4 3/4l behind Duretto (9-3) at Chester 1m 4f lst stks (1) hvy in Sep.
Sumbal (IRE) 9-1 (9-2) In rear and in touch, headway over 1f out, kept on to take 3rd place towards finish, 3rd of 4, 2l behind Mount Logan (9-2) at Doncaster 1m 2f stks (2) sft in Sep.
Minotaur (IRE) 4-6fav (11-4) Tracked leaders on outside, led going well before 2 out, drew clear effortlessly flat, eased close home, won at Aintree 2m 4f (4) gd in Jun beating Jimmy Breekie (11-10) by 5l, 6 ran.
Blakeney Point 9-1 (9-6) Slowly into stride, good headway on outside tracking leader 9f out, led 2f out, soon ridden, shaken up and stayed on inside final furlong, eased near finish, won at Newbury 1m 4f hcp (2) gd in Sep beating Danehill Kodiac (9-12) by 3/4l, 7 ran.
My Reward 8-1 (9-6) Led, driven and headed over 1f out, no extra well inside final furlong, 4th of 5, 4 1/4l behind Duretto (9-3) at Chester 1m 4f lst stks (1) hvy in Sep.
Dance The Dream 8-1 (9-7) Keen, held up in 5th, pushed along over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 6th of 7, 6 1/4l behind Blakeney Point (9-6) at Newbury 1m 4f hcp (2) gd in Sep.
Night Of Glory 7-2 (9-1) Held up in touch, ridden over 1f out, kept on and no chance with winner, 2nd of 7, 2 1/4l behind Royal Line (8-11) at Haydock 1m 4f hcp (3) hvy in Sep.