Juan Elcano found only Mystery Power too good in the Group 2 Superlative Stakes at Newmarket last month. But the latter is trained by Richard Hannon and that should give the handler a good line on the chances of SUN POWER in this having also sent out last year’s winner. Beaten only a neck in Listed company at Ascot, he’s weighted to beat the novice winners Sesame Birah and Thunderous on today’s terms. The latter remains unbeaten and is preferred to stable companion Frankel's Storm while Pyledriver made a winning start at Salisbury with a subsequent winner back in third but needs to take a big step forward to figure.
Pyledriver 50-1 (9-5) Mid-division, headway over 1f out, switched right to challenge inside final furlong, ran on to lead closing stages, driven out, won at Salisbury 7f stks (4) fm in Jul beating Great Ambassador (9-5) by 3/4l, 13 ran.
Sun Power (FR) 9-2 (9-3) Raced keenly tracing leader, led halfway, ridden over 1f out, hung left inside final furlong, headed and no extra final strides, 2nd of 6, nk behind Al Dabaran (9-3) at Ascot 7f lst stks (1) gs in Jul.
Thunderous (IRE) 4-9fav (9-9) Dwelt, soon prominent, led over 2f out, driven clear over 1f out, ran on well, won at Redcar 7f stks (5) gf in Jul beating Saint Of Katowice (9-2) by 2l, 7 ran.
Frankel's Storm 2-5fav (8-11) Made all, ridden clear over 1f out, easily, won at Carlisle 1m stks (4) hvy in Aug beating Viceregent (9-2) by 8l, 3 ran.
Sesame Birah (IRE) Evensfav (9-5) Close up, led over 1f out, driven out, won at Newbury 7f stks (5) gd in Aug beating Mr Poy (9-4) by 1/2l, 10 ran.
Juan Elcano 6-1 (9-1) Close up, headway to press leaders 3f out, ridden to chase winner over 1f out, edged left inside final furlong, ran on, 2nd of 8, 1l behind Mystery Power (9-1) at Newmarket 7f Grp 2 stks (1) gf in Jul.