always prominent, led entering final furlong, driven out
held up towards rear, headway approaching final furlong, never nearer
chased leaders, ridden to challenge over 1f out, weakened final furlong
in touch, driven halfway, soon weakened
slowly into stride, switched left soon after start, mid-division, headway under pressure over 1f out, stayed on same pace final furlong
in touch, outpaced halfway, stayed on well closing stages, never on terms
held up towards rear, headway over 1f out, chased winner inside final furlong, kept on well, nearest finish
soon led, pushed along 2f out, headed entering final furlong, soon weakened
dwelt, outpaced in rear, soon detached
Axe Axelrod has failed to land the odds in both starts now after last month’s defeat at Ayr while Beleaguerment returned a losing favourite at Salisbury recently having been narrowly beaten here earlier. Zmhar was placed over 7f at Chelmsford before struggling over the same trip here so the vote goes to CRACKING SPEED after Richard Hannon’s grey showed a big improvement over 6f at Leicester on his latest outing. Suppressor, Shallow Hal and Budaiya Fort made only modest debuts with the former preferred.
Axe Axelrod (USA) 2-13fav (9-2) Led, pushed along 2f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, kept on same pace, 2nd of 4, 4 1/2l behind Fuente (9-2) at Ayr 6f stks (5) gd in Jul.
Beleaguerment (IRE) 6-4fav (9-5) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 7, 4 1/2l behind Walkman (9-5) at Salisbury 6f mdn stks (4) gf in Jul.
Brother Bentley 80-1 (9-2) Rear of mid-division, struggling over 2f out, no impression after, 7th of 9, 7 1/4l behind Fizzy Feet (8-11) at Wolverhampton 5f stks (5) pol in Aug.
Budaiya Fort (IRE) 8-1 (9-2) Mid-division, driven and outpaced over 2f out, never a threat, 7th of 9, 6 1/4l behind Eljayeff (9-5) at Ripon 5f stks (4) gd in Jul.
Cracking Speed (IRE) 16-1 (9-2) Tracked leaders, shaken up inside final 2f, ridden and kept on under pressure inside final furlong, not pace to reach leaders, 5th of 9, 1 3/4l behind Sparklealot (9-2) at Leicester 6f stks (4) gf in Aug.
Shallow Hal 20-1 (9-2) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, soon weakened, 9th of 13, 6l behind King Of Tonga (9-2) at Redcar 6f stks (4) gs in Aug.
Suppressor (IRE) 7-1 (9-2) Tracked leaders, hanging right over 4f out, stayed on same pace final furlong, 3rd of 11, 6 1/4l behind Moyassar (9-2) at Chelmsford City 6f stks (4) pol in Jul.
Zmhar (IRE) 3-1 (9-2) Pulled hard, led 1f, tracked leaders, driven over 2f out, soon no impression, weakened final furlong, 5th of 7, 9 1/4l behind Phoenix Of Spain (9-2) at Wolverhampton 7f stks (5) pol in Jul.
Lottie Deno 50-1 (9-0) Mid-division, outpaced over 2f out, never on terms, weakened 1f out, last of 9, 19 1/4l behind Penarth Pier (9-0) at Wolverhampton 6f fll stks (5) pol in Aug.
Shesadabber Heeraat filly out of Saorocain.