Lord Protector is unbeaten in novice company having won at Windsor on his reappearance and beating the re-opposing Wahraan in the process. He makes his handicap debut along with another novice winner in JARAMILLO (NAP). The latter scored at Leicester last month and a couple of fancy entries later in the season suggest he’s capable of winning at this level before going on to better things. Fountain Cross ran well in this grade at Newmarket last time and is preferred to Lightening Shore while both Knight Salute and Saligo Bay will appreciate this longer trip.
Lord Protector (GER) 11-2 (9-9) Wore hood to post, tracked leader, led and edged left entering final 2f, stayed on well, ridden out, won at Windsor 1m 2f stks (5) gd in Apr beating Wahraan (9-2) by 1 1/4l, 9 ran.
Knight Salute 10-1 (8-12) Raced near side, ridden and edged left from 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 5, 16 1/2l behind Yibir (8-12) at Newbury 1m stks (2) gd in Sep.
Jaramillo 9-4 (9-2) Close up, headway 3f out, ridden to lead approaching final furlong, wandered inside final furlong, ridden out, won at Leicester 1m 2f stks (5) gf in Apr beating Possible Man (9-9) by 3/4l, 6 ran.
Wahraan (FR) 4-1 (9-2) Held up off the pace in last trio, headway out wide over 2f out, edged right and kept on from over 1f out, pushed along in 3rd inside final furlong, went never nearer 2nd post, 2nd of 9, 1 1/4l behind Lord Protector (9-9) at Windsor 1m 2f stks (5) gd in Apr.
Saligo Bay (IRE) 16-1 (9-5) Raced keenly tracking leaders, outpaced 2f, kept on towards finish, 5th of 9, 10 1/4l behind Foxes Tales (9-5) at Newbury 1m mdn stks (4) gd in Apr.
Fountain Cross 16-1 (8-13) Tracked leaders far side, ridden 3f out, kept on one pace final furlong, 3rd of 6, 3l behind River Alwen (9-10) at Newmarket 1m 2f hcp (3) gf in May.
Lightening Shore 11-1 (9-7) Held up towards rear, headway out wide over 1f out, went 2nd and strong run inside final furlong, just failed, 2nd of 10, shd behind Mighty Power (9-5) at Lingfield 1m hcp (5) pol in Apr.