Dominate didn't enjoy much luck in-running on his handicap debut at Goodwood last month. That was his first start since contesting the Molecomb Stakes and the Hannon team will be hoping he can gain some compensation here. However, we just prefer ROYAL ASPIRATION who ran another sound race at York last time when fifth to Mary's Daughter. The Taj was behind that day and looks held and William Haggas' colt still seems to be heading in the right direction. Opt Out won at Goodwood and Warwick last month but is a lot more exposed than some of these, while Hot Secret will struggle to overturn Chester running with Bispham Green and Forray. Foxy Forever, Stand Of Glory and Girl At The Sands all arrive in good form but this is a step up in class.
The Taj 7-1 (9-7) Held up, took keen hold, switched left over 3f out, headway 2f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 7th of 14, 6l behind Mary's Daughter (8-4) at York 6f 2yo hcp (2) gd in Aug.
Dominate 2-1 (9-2) Held up in rear, not clearest of runs over 1f out, stayed on same pace when in the clear inside final furlong, 6th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Jamesbo's Girl (8-9) at Goodwood 6f 2yo hcp (2) gd in Aug.
Royal Aspiration (IRE) 18-1 (9-2) Prominent, led 3f out, headed 2f out, no extra well inside final furlong, 5th of 14, 5l behind Mary's Daughter (8-4) at York 6f 2yo hcp (2) gd in Aug.
Opt Out 11-4fav (9-10) Tracked leaders, challenged over 1f out, led inside final furlong, ran on well, won at Warwick 5f hcp 0-75 2yo (5) gf in Aug beating This Is Nice (9-7) by 3/4l, 8 ran.
Forray 9-2 (8-9) Pulled hard in rear, headway over 1f out, ran on final furlong, never reached leaders, 3rd of 7, 3 1/2l behind Mandy Layla (8-3) at Chester 5f 2yo hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Aug.
Foxy Forever (IRE) 2-1fav (8-9) Dwelt, held up towards rea and keen, headway over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, led inside final furlong, kept on well, won at Wolverhampton 5f 2yo mdn auc stks (5) pol in Aug beating Annaley My Darling (8-6) by 2l, 7 ran.
Stand Of Glory (USA) 4-6fav (9-4) Led, ridden 1f out, soon headed, kept on towards finish, 3rd of 4, 3/4l behind Girl At The Sands (8-13) at Ripon 5f 2yo stks (3) sft in Aug.
Hot Secret 4-1 (8-13) Held up, not clear run over 1f out, hampered inside final furlong, soon switched left, never able to challenge, 5th of 6, 4l behind Effie B (9-4) at Sandown 5f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Aug.
Girl At The Sands (IRE) 5-1 (8-13) Tracked leaders in 3rd, headway over 1f out, ridden inside final furlong, kept on to lead towards finish, won at Ripon 5f 2yo stks (3) sft in Aug beating Tumblewind (8-11) by 1/2l, 4 ran.
Bispham Green 5-1 (8-0) Tracked leader, effort over 1f out, not pace to challenge, 2nd of 7, 1 3/4l behind Mandy Layla (8-3) at Chester 5f 2yo hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Aug.