Several with claims but SMOOTH SPIRIT was narrowly beaten at Wolverhampton on only his second start of the year and should be spot on now. He’s taken to go one better in this though Gosnay Gold also arrives with a chance having returned a losing favourite at Epsom. Saunton posted a better effort at Leicester having slipped down the weights while Granary Queen placed over 6f at the latter track and is preferred to George Scott and Sunset of the remainder.
Smooth Spirit 12-1 (9-2) Chased leader, ridden over 1f out, led briefly inside final furlong, ran on, 2nd of 9, 1/2l behind Ford Madox Brown (9-4) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp (5) pol in Jul.
Gosnay Gold (FR) 11-10fav (9-9) Raced wide held up in touch, ridden and headway to chase winner over 1f out, no impression towards finish, 2nd of 7, 1 1/4l behind Mellys Flyer (9-7) at Epsom 7f hcp (6) gd in Jul.
Sunset 15-2 (9-7) Dropped in rear, pushed along over 2f out, never dangerous, 10th of 12, 15l behind Sugauli (9-7) at Newbury 1m hcp (5) gd in Jul.
George Scott (IRE) 6-1 (9-3) Towards rear, headway to chase leaders over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 7, 7l behind Commonsensical (9-10) at Bath 1m hcp (5) gs in Jul.
Granary Queen (IRE) 15-2 (9-4) Unseated rider on way to start, held up in 5th, niggled along and headway over 2f out, waiting for room when switched right and closed under 2f out, picked up to lead briefly over 1f out, soon headed and no extra well inside final furlong, 3rd of 6, 2l behind Impeller (9-7) at Leicester 6f hcp (5) gf in Jul.
Saunton (IRE) 12-1 (9-1) Prominent, led 5f out, headed inside final furlong, held towards finish, 2nd of 7, 1 3/4l behind Daniel Deronda (10-2) at Leicester 7f hcp (5) gd in Jul.