A high draw is usually an advantage in sprints here but this big field will probably split into two so we'll take a chance that stall five won't be too much of a handicap for SHOWBOATING. Alan McCabe's four-year-old certainly deserves a change of luck having proved most consistent this year, though his only victory in the last 12 months came on the Polytrack. Cypriot champion Ian Poullis take the ride today. Illustrious Prince will be a danger if in the same mood as when successful at Goodwood last month while Defence Council is slowly coming to hand. Breezolini, Nasharra and Cocktail Charlie are also worth a second look but Bonnie Charlie has become disappointing and Bunce may be in the handicapper's grip now.
Defence Council (IRE) 13-2 (9-9) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, soon ridden, challenged over 1f out, kept on and every chance inside final furlong, just held, 2nd of 10, hd behind Sovereign Street (9-7) at Newcastle 6f hcp 0-80 (4) sft in Aug.
Showboating (IRE) 13-2 (9-4) Held up towards rear, headway 1f out, ridden inside final furlong, kept on, went 2nd near finish, 2nd of 13, 2 1/2l behind Piscean (9-3) at Newmarket 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Aug.
Azzurra Du Caprio (IRE) 16-1 (9-9) Towards rear far side, effort over 2f out, never dangerous, 12th of 19, 11l behind Lucky Numbers (9-3) at Thirsk 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Aug.
Oldjoesaid 11-2 (9-4) In rear and outpaced, ridden over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 5th of 8, 4 1/2l behind Last Sovereign (9-1) at Newmarket 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Aug.
Expose 16-1 (9-7) Tracked leader, ridden and ever chance from 2f out until no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 9, 4l behind Drift And Dream (9-0) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Aug.
Pick A Little 10-1 (9-0) In touch, ridden over 3f out, driven over 1f out, no impression, 7th of 12, 9l behind Sacrosanctus (9-10) at Epsom Downs 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Aug.
Bonnie Charlie 4-1fav (9-3) Towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 10th of 13, 6l behind Piscean (9-3) at Newmarket 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Aug.
Nasharra (IRE) 16-1 (9-7) Mid-division, driven over 2f out, never on terms, weakened final furlong, last of 10, 10l behind Sovereign Street (9-7) at Newcastle 6f hcp 0-80 (4) sft in Aug.
Namwahjobo (IRE) 10-3 (9-11) Towards rear, ridden over 1f out, soon weakened, 5th of 8, 6l behind Frequency (9-11) at Ayr 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Aug.
Alive And Kicking 7-1 (9-7) Chased leaders, every chance over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 7th of 10, 4l behind Ingleby Star (8-8) at Beverley 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Cocktail Charlie 5-2 (9-9) Held up towards rear, headway on outside halfway, kept on under pressure inside final furlong, not reach leaders, 4th of 12, 2 1/2l behind Six Wives (9-9) at Beverley 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Aug.
Bunce (IRE) 3-1 (9-3) Went left start, chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, no impression on leading duo over 1f out, weakened and lost 2 places final 100 yards, 5th of 10, 4 1/2l behind We'll Deal Again (9-5) at Catterick 6f hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Aug.
Illustrious Prince (IRE) 7-2 (9-2) Held up of fthe pace in 6th, good headway in centre halfway, went 2nd over 1f out, ridden and stayed on to lead towards finish, won at Goodwood 6f all hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Aug beating Sarangoo (9-2) by 1/2l, 10 ran.
Mandalay King (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) Towards rear, some headway inside final furlong, never on terms, 7th of 14, 7l behind Whozthecat (8-10) at Thirsk 5f hcp 0-80 (4) gs in Aug.
Diamond Blue 4-1 (9-3) Dwelt, in touch, headway over 2f out, kept on under pressure, never on terms, 5th of 10, 2 1/2l behind Ingleby Star (8-8) at Beverley 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Commanche Raider (IRE) 7-1 (9-12) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, weakened entering final furlong, 7th of 8, 7l behind Above The Stars (9-2) at Pontefract 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Aug.
Dickie Le Davoir 8-1 (9-6) Slowly into stride outpaced, never on terms, 10th of 17, 12l behind Meandmyshadow (9-1) at Leicester 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Jack Luey 10-1 (9-4) Chased leaders, driven over 1f out, ridden to lead briefly inside final furlong, no extra final 50 yards, 3rd of 10, 1 1/4l behind Sovereign Street (9-7) at Newcastle 6f hcp 0-80 (4) sft in Aug.
Breezolini 9-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, close up 3f out, one pace final furlong, 6th of 12, 6l behind Amenable (9-3) at Hamilton 6f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Aug.
Mon Brav 12-1 (9-3) Towards rear and pushed along, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on to take 3rd place towards finish, 3rd of 14, 2 1/2l behind Roninski (9-3) at Redcar 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Aug.