Whilst Burnett's form may receive a boost from Sir Pitt in the opening race, we will side with PASTORAL PLAYER here after Hugh Morrison's colt made such a good impression when winning here on debut. A son of the July Cup winner Pastoral Pursuits, the selection caused a mini upset when obliging at 12/1 on his racecourse bow. This seven furlong trip is likely to be at the top end of his stamina range however the yard rate him highly and he can reward their optimism. The top-rated in the line-up is John Ryan's Iver Bridge Lad. A Listed winner and placed in a Group Three, he commands plenty of respect, however he too has stamina questions to answer. Inler was the subject of plenty of positive whispers before his debut romp at Newmarket and could be anything, a comment that also applies to Classic Colori and Burnett following one win from one start each. Cadley Road looks a solid yardstick for the race; he was only beaten by two lengths in the Goffs Million Mile at the Curragh last time out and has the class to play a major hand today. Stablemates Red Badge and Carnaby Street, along with Dubawi Phantom all have a more exposed profile, however the latter especially looks a big danger on his length third in the Solario Stakes. The course and distance winner Critical Moment also warrants respect despite making hard work of his maiden win last time, however in what looks just an average renewal, it is the unexposed Pastoral Player who just edges the vote.
Art Excellence 7-2fav (9-3) Close up, led over 4f out, ridden over 1f out, driven out, won at Kempton 1m 2yo mdn auc stks (6) pol beating Magnetic Force (9-3) by hd, 13 ran.
Audacity Of Hope 9-1 (8-12) Took keen hold, held up in rear, headway over 1f out, ridden and stayed on inside final furlong, nearest finish, 4th of 9, 2 1/4l behind Sir Parky (8-12) at Newmarket 7f 2yo Grp 3 (1) gf.
Burnett (IRE) 11-4 (9-0) In touch, ridden to lead over 1f out, stayed on well, won at Newcastle 1m mdn stks (5) gs beating Pytheas (9-0) by 4l, 13 ran.
Cadley Road (IRE) 8-1 (9-3) Prominent, dropped to 7th 2f out, stayed on under pressure without threatening from over 1f out, 6th of 19, 1 3/4l behind Shakespearean (9-3) at Curragh 1m 2yo aut gd in Sep.
Carnaby Street (IRE) 11-10fav (9-3) Tracked leader, challenged 2f out, soon led, ridden clear inside final furlong, comfortably, won at Goodwood 6f 2yo mdn aut (5) gs beating London Gold (9-3) by 5l, 10 ran.
Classic Colori (IRE) 9-4fav (9-3) Dwelt, soon recovered to track leaders and always travelling, shaken up to lead 1f out, pushed along and ran on strongly, won at Windsor 6f 2yo mdn (5) gf in Jul beating Dubai Set (9-3) by 1 1/2l, 16 ran.
Critical Moment (USA) Evensfav (9-3) Disputed lead, hard ridden and ran on inside final furlong, won on the nod, won at Newbury 7f 2yo mdn (4) gf in Sep beating Lay Claim (9-3) by ns, 13 ran.
Dubawi Phantom 8-1 (9-0) Held up mid-division, keen hold, headway over 3f out, soon chasing leaders, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 8, 7l behind Morana (9-0) at Ascot 1m 2yo Grp 3 (1) gs.
Exceedingly Bold 5-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, led 2f out, pushed along final furlong, ran on well, won at Newbury 6f 2yo mdn (4) gd beating Strictly Dancing (8-12) by 3 1/2l, 14 ran.
Iver Bridge Lad 12-1 (9-0) Held up mid-divison, headway over 1f out, led briefly inside final furlong, headed near finish, 3rd of 17, 1/2l behind Our Jonathan (9-0) at Ascot 5f 2yo Grp 3 (1) gs.
Navajo Chief 33-1 (9-2) Led and raced keen, headed well over 1f out, soon weakened, 3rd of 7, 9l behind Nideeb (9-2) at Ascot 7f 2yo lst stk (1) gd in Jul.
Pastoral Player 12-1 (9-3) Held up in rear, switched to stand side over 2f out, good headway and edged left from over 1f out, ran on well to challenge towards finish and led close home, won at Newbury 6f 2yo mdn (4) gf in Sep beating Locksley Hall (9-3) by nk, 14 ran.
Pleasant Day (IRE) 15-2 (9-2) Chased leaders, headway to challenge over 1f out, ridden to lead and hung badly right soon after, stayed on well and in command, won at Ascot 7f 2yo hcp (3) gf in Sep beating Guest Book (8-11) by 2l, 10 ran.
Red Badge (IRE) 10-3 (9-0) Held up in rear, headway over 2f out, led just inside final furlong, ran on well, won at Newmarket 7f 2yo hcp (2) gd in Aug beating Azizi (9-1) by 1/2l, 11 ran.
Inler (IRE) Evensfav (9-3) Made most, shaken up over 1f out, ran green inside final furlong, comfortably, won at Newmarket 6f 2yo mdn (4) gd beating Chaussini (8-12) by 4l, 10 ran.