Sea Soldier and White Frost have similar profiles in that both improved to land maidens on their latest start and have plenty of scope for improvement on their handicap debuts. Seal Rock is struggling a little now after a good start to the year when he beat Forjatt on the Rowley Mile course here. The latter gets an apprentice's 5lb claim to help him out after a modest effort in similar company last time, while Trade Storm wasn't beaten far when sixth in a Listed race at Goodwood last time and has every chance. However, EL VIENTO also went close at Goodwood a fortnight ago so he gets the vote as he needs only a shade more improvement to get his head in front here.
Trade Storm 33-1 (9-0) Held up in 5th on inside, ridden inside final 3f, effort on inside 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 8, 2 3/4l behind Neebras (9-0) at Goodwood 1m Listed stks 3yo (1) gf in Jul.
Forjatt (IRE) 7-1 (9-2) In rear, never a factor, 9th of 18, 4 1/2l behind Coeus (8-5) at Newmarket 6f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gd in Jul.
Seal Rock 5-1 (9-2) Held up, ridden over 2f out, never on terms, 11th of 19, 6l behind Swiss Dream (8-10) at Newmarket 6f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gd in Jul.
Ahlaain (USA) 25-1 (9-4) Tracked leaders, every chance over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 5th of 11, 6l behind Rave (9-3) at Ascot 1m 3yo hcp (2) gs in Jul.
El Viento (FR) 16-1 (8-10) Chased leaders on inside, ridden 2f out, stayed on under pressure inside final furlong, not quite going pace to challenge, 3rd of 14, 1/2l behind Casual Glimpse (9-3) at Goodwood 7f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gf in Jul.
Sea Soldier (IRE) 11-4 (9-3) Led after 1f, brought field to stands' rail in straight, stayed on well inside final furlong, driven out, won at Warwick 7f mdn stks (5) gf in Jun beating Kawssaj (9-3) by 3/4l, 9 ran.
Sonning Rose (IRE) 25-1 (8-4) In rear, switched left 3f out, never on terms, 9th of 11, 6l behind Bonnie Brae (9-1) at Newmarket 7f fll hcp (2) gd in Jul.
White Frost (IRE) 10-11fav (9-3) Prominent, went 3rd over 3f out, led over 2f out, soon clear, kept on well, won at Thirsk 7f mdn stks (5) gd in Jul beating Green Howard (9-3) by 1 1/2l, 12 ran.