HERMITAGE BAY sets the standard but all his form has been delivered over 7f and a mile to date. However, connections clearly feel that the best way for the son of War Front to enter the winner's circle is via this dramatic drop in trip. He is a free-going sort and John Gosden has found a good-looking opportunity. The rest to have run look limited and it is likely to be the two newcomers - Justice Smart and Mustallib - both of whom hail from top yards and are well bred who should provide the greatest threat. Significant market support for either would need to be taken seriously in such an ordinary maiden.
Ace Rebel Bahamian Bounty colt out of Quadrophenia.
Bit Of A Quirke 66-1 (9-3) Dwelt, held up, not clear run over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, nearest finish, 5th of 11, 8l behind Brilliant Vanguard (9-3) at Pontefract 6f mdn stks (5) sft in Apr.
Hermitage Bay (USA) 7-2 (8-13) Keen, soon led, ridden over 2f out, hung left and headed over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 6th of 9, 11 1/4l behind Murad Khan (8-13) at Chelmsford City 1m mdn stks (5) pol in Apr.
Justice Smart (IRE) Kyllachy colt out of Laurentina.
Mustallib (IRE) Iffraaj gelding out of Rocking.
Star of Kheleyf 50-1 (9-5) Always behind, 7th of 8, 15 3/4l behind Tawakkol (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f mdn stks (5) pol in Mar.
Still Kicking (IRE) 66-1 (9-2) Slowly into stride, chased leaders, weakened over 2f out, last of 4, 18 3/4l behind Custard The Dragon (9-6) at Lingfield 7f stks (6) pol in Jan.
Just Over 66-1 (8-9) Went right start, held up, pushed along 3f out, soon beaten, 6th of 8, 23l behind Toriano (9-0) at Kempton 7f mdn stks (6) pol in Apr.
Shahaama 4-1 (9-0) Towards rear, pushed along and headway over 1f out, kept on same pace, 7th of 11, 7 3/4l behind Cersei (9-0) at Redcar 6f mdn fll stks (5) sft in Apr.