Secret Art and Directorship are closely matched on latest form at Windsor when the former came out best. Emirates Skycargo was well beaten in Listed company last time but had gone close in this grade on the Rowley course here earlier. Azraff looks more at home at this level than recent Class 4 runner-up Strong Steps and Ifwecan posted one of his better efforts at Sandown last time. But ALGAITH (NAP) was having his first start since April when fifth at Salisbury to the progressive Lightning Spear and separated a couple of subsequent winners in the process. Barry Hills' colt gets the vote on the strength of that form.
Emirates Skycargo (IRE) 9-2 (9-0) Took keen hold tracking leaders on inside, pushed along edging right over 2f out, weakened and raced awkwardly over 1f out, last of 8, 8 3/4l behind Consort (9-0) at Sandown 1m lst stks (1) gf in May.
Secret Art (IRE) 5-2fav (9-13) Raced keenly, made virtually all, joined fom 3f out, ridden over 1f out, stayed on to assert final furlong, won at Windsor 1m hcp (3) gd in Jun beating Directorship (10-0) by 3/4l, 6 ran.
Algaith (USA) 12-1 (9-4) Went left start, keen close up, ridden and every chance inside final furlong, kept on one pace, 5th of 10, 2 1/2l behind Lightning Spear (9-10) at Salisbury 1m hcp (2) gf in Jun.
Flow (USA) 9-2fav (9-4) Held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, pushed along and weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 12, 11l behind Chancery (9-1) at Ripon 1m 2f hcp (3) gs in Apr.
Directorship 5-1 (10-0) Tracked leading trio, ridden 2f out, closed over 1f out, stayed on into 2nd final 150 yards, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 6, 3/4l behind Secret Art (9-13) at Windsor 1m hcp (3) gd in Jun.
Ifwecan 10-1 (8-5) Tracked leader until 2f out, chased leaders, ridden and weakened quickly over 1f out, 11th of 12, 13 1/2l behind Basem (9-2) at Sandown 1m hcp (2) gf in Jul.
Boonga Roogeta 8-1 (9-8) In touch, took keen hold, not much room and lost place 6f out, closed over 3f out, edged right over 2f out, soon lost place, last of 15, 17 1/2l behind Ifwecan (9-6) at Carlisle 1m hcp (4) gd in Jun.
Tenor (IRE) 66-1 (9-10) Raced far side, chased leader over 1f, chased leaders, ridden well over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 13th of 30, 9 1/4l behind Gm Hopkins (9-3) at Ascot 1m hcp (2) gf in Jun.
Azraff (IRE) 5-2fav (9-7) Tracked leaders, led over 2f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on, 2nd of 6, 2 1/2l behind Oracolo (8-8) at Doncaster 1m hcp (3) gf in Jun.
Strong Steps 3-1fav (9-2) Mid-division, headway and hung right over 2f out, led over 1f out, ran on, headed close home, 2nd of 14, nk behind Anya (10-0) at Kempton 1m hcp (4) pol in Jun.