Godolphin's BIRCHAM came here for his debut and started favourite for what looked a strong maiden. He was beaten by another Godolphin entry, Saeed Bin Suroor's Tha'Ir, but showed enough potential to suggest he would win next time out. The winner's yard is represented here by newcomer Honest Boy, like the selection a son of Dubawi but out of a more stoutly-bred mare. Opt Out has been a big disappointment so far, starting a short-priced favourite on both starts over 5f. The longer trip may bring about some improvement but this looks a tough race. Sir Mark Prescott doesn't send many juveniles here at this time of the year so Medicoe is one to note as are Tom Dascombe's Smooth Handle and the speedily-bred Red Cobra from an in-form yard.
Bircham (IRE) 7-2fav (9-3) Pressed winner, ridden over 2f out, kept on one pace, 2nd of 11, 4 1/2l behind Tha'ir (9-3) at Ripon 6f 2yo mdn (5) gd.
Deepest Blue 20-1 (9-3) Prominent, ridden and unable to quicken when edged left over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 9, 8l behind Bungle Inthejungle (9-3) at Salisbury 5f 2yo mdn (4) gf in May.
Honest Boy Dubawi colt out of La Vinchina.
Medicoe Medicean gelding out of Blue Dream.
Opt Out 8-11fav (9-3) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 5, 5l behind Lasilia (8-9) at Hamilton 5f 2yo mdn (5) gs in May.
Pour La Victoire (IRE) Antonius Pius gelding out of Lady Lucia.
Red Cobra (IRE) Redback colt out of Queen Cobra.
Smooth Handle Dutch Art colt out of Naomi Wildman.
Vino Collapso (IRE) 18-1 (9-3) Mid-division, ridden over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 11th of 13, 13l behind Dream Scenario (8-12) at Beverley 5f 2yo mdn aut (5) gf.
Nifty Nadine (IRE) Verglas filly out of Diamond Katie.
Lichen Angel Dark Angel filly out of Moss Likely.