A Listed race winner last year, MISTER MANANNAN has finally dropped to a mark that allows him to take part in handicaps once again. Dandy Nicholls' sprinter can take advantage having competed in much better company for most of his career. Medicean Man is likely to be thereabouts again having beaten the consistent Addictive Dream and Lui Rei when runner-up at Windsor last time, but recent winners Albany Rose, Medici Time and Le Toreador have more to do in better company off higher marks. Poppy Seed returned to winning ways back in handicap company last time and there may be more to come from her, however.
Mister Manannan (IRE) 7-1 (9-3) Chased winner until hung badly left over 1f out, weakened final furlong, last of 5, 5l behind Noble Storm (9-3) at Haydock 5f Listed stks 3yo (1) gf in May.
Addictive Dream (IRE) 10-3fav (9-7) Close up, going well over 2f out, stayed on under pressure inside final furlong, 4th of 16, 2 1/4l behind Norville (9-3) at Windsor 6f hcp 105 (2) gd in Jun.
Lui Rei (ITY) 8-1 (9-5) Mid-division on outside, headway over 2f out, kept on under pressure inside final furloing, 5th of 16, 3l behind Norville (9-3) at Windsor 6f hcp 105 (2) gd in Jun.
Medicean Man 15-2 (9-3) Towards rear on outside, headway over 2f out, ran on inside final furlong, no impression on winner, 2nd of 16, 1l behind Norville (9-3) at Windsor 6f hcp 105 (2) gd in Jun.
Befortyfour 33-1 (10-0) Towards rear, driven and outpaced over 2f out, never near leaders, 11th of 16, 4 1/2l behind Medici Time (9-0) at York 5f hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Jun.
Poppy Seed 5-2fav (9-13) Made all, pressed from over 1f out, shaken up inside final furlong, ran on, readily, won at Goodwood 6f flls hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Jun beating Desert Poppy (9-9) by 1 1/4l, 8 ran.
Confessional 8-1 (9-9) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 9th of 12, 5l behind Ancient Cross (9-11) at Newcastle 5f hcp 105 (2) gs in Jun.
Sohraab 14-1 (9-1) Chased leaders, ridden and lost place over 2f out, 12th of 16, 11l behind Norville (9-3) at Windsor 6f hcp 105 (2) gd in Jun.
Cheveton 11-1 (8-11) Took keen hold, prominent, not much room over 2f out, weakened soon after, 10th of 16, 8l behind Norville (9-3) at Windsor 6f hcp 105 (2) gd in Jun.
Solemn 20-1 (9-5) Prominent, ridden over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 10th of 12, 5l behind Ancient Cross (9-11) at Newcastle 5f hcp 105 (2) gs in Jun.
Medici Time 7-2 (9-12) Outpaced in rear, pushed along halfway, headway on outside over 1f out, chased leader inside final furlong, ran on to lead close home, won at Newmarket 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jun beating Lujeanie (9-7) by nk, 8 ran.
Le Toreador 20-1 (9-11) With leader, ridden to lead over 1f out, kept on gamely, just held on, won at Carlisle 5f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Jun beating Bedloe's Island (9-3) by shd, 12 ran.
Collect Art (IRE) 5-2fav (9-5) Tracked leader, ridden and led well over 1f out, hung left and headed inside final furlong, no extra, 2nd of 10, 1 1/4l behind Orpsie Boy (9-6) at Warwick 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Albany Rose (IRE) 5-6fav (9-13) Held up, travelling strongly when not clear run 2f out, switched sharply left over 1f out, quickened up smartly to lead inside final furlong, soon clear, very easily, won at Windsor 5f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Jun beating Johnny Hancocks (9-3) by 5l, 7 ran.