Crackentorp is less exposed than most of these after just four starts so far and he has to be respected following an encouraging reappearance run behind Red Merlin at Goodwood last month but preference is for DRILL SERGEANT, who gets the verdict ahead of Hatton Flight. Andrew Balding's gelding has won his last three starts in handicaps at Lingfield, Epsom and Newmarket but a 5lb rise for the latest of those successes makes this more difficult. A market move for Siberian Tiger would be of interest, while Dansili Dancer has more to do than when successful at Doncaster last time. Strategic Mount is more than capable but is probably a shade high in the weights at present and of more interest may be Brian Meehan's Inventor who looks to be going the right way. Mark Johnston's Record Breaker was good value for his win at Hamilton last week but a 10lb rise for that looks harsh and preference is for stable companion Drill Sergeant. The son of Rock Of Gibraltar would not be winning out of turn having been placed in his last four starts and surprisingly the handicapper has not been too hard on the four-year-old so he is taken to resume winning ways.
Yellowstone (IRE) 3-1 (9-0) Held up in rear, ridden and headway on outside to chase leaders over 2f out, no impression final furlong, 4th of 7, 7l behind Caracciola (9-0) at York 1m 6f Listed stks (1) gf in May.
Dansili Dancer 5-1 (9-3) Held up in rear, headway on outer to lead 2f out, driven and edged left entering final furlong, kept on, won at Doncaster 1m 4f hcp 0-100 (2) gf in May beating Meethaaq (8-7) by 1 1/2l, 7 ran.
Strategic Mount 16-1 (9-0) Held up towards rear, weakened over 2f out, 9th of 11, 39l behind Buccellati (9-0) at Newmarket 1m 4f Listed stks (1) gf in Oct.
Siberian Tiger (IRE) 20-1 (9-4) Mid-division, ridden along 3f out, stayed on steadily from over 1f out without troubling leaders, 4th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Heaven Knows (9-1) at Ascot 1m 2f hcap (2) gs in Oct.
Drill Sergeant 6-1 (9-9) Tracked leaders, ridden and every chance from over 2f out, no extra well inside final furlong, 2nd of 16, 2l behind Coin Of The Realm (8-7) at Epsom Downs 1m 4f hcp 0-100 (2) gd.
Hatton Flight 6-1 (9-0) Always prominent, went 2nd 4f out, ridden to lead 2f out, edged slightly left then right, ran on gamely inside final furlong, won at Newmarket 1m 4f hcp 0-105 (2) gf in May beating Redesignation (9-3) by 1 1/4l, 14 ran.
Inventor (IRE) 12-1 (8-10) Led until headed entering final furlong, kept on, lost 2 places near finish, 4th of 19, 3/4l behind Night Crescendo (8-11) at Ascot 1m 4f hcp 105 (2) gs in Oct.
Record Breaker (IRE) 7-2fav (9-10) Chased leaders, led over 3f out, stayed on well from over 1f out, won at Hamilton 1m 4f hcp 0-90 (2) gf beating Just Lille (9-9) by 5l, 12 ran.
Camps Bay (USA) 5-1 (8-9) Held up, headway on inner and every chance 2f out, staying on when not much room and hampered inside final furlong, no extra close home, 4th of 7, 2 1/4l behind Dansili Dancer (9-3) at Doncaster 1m 4f hcp 0-100 (2) gf in May.
Ghimaar 12-1 (9-9) Chased leaders, led after 2 1/2f, ridden and headed 1 1/2f out, no extra and kept on one pace, 5th of 8, 9l behind Deauville Vision (9-6) at Curragh 1m 2f Listed stks gd.
Heron Bay 40-1 (9-6) Towards rear, ridden along and headway 2f out, no extra final furlong, 8th of 15, 6l behind Kingdom Of Fife (9-0) at Redcar 1m 2f hcp 105 (2) gf in May.
Young Mick 14-1 (9-10) Held up in rear, headway to go 4th 3f out, ridden to go 3rd over 1f out, never troubled leaders, 3rd of 9, 8l behind Victoria Montoya (8-2) at Newmarket 1m 6f hcp 0-105 (2) gf in May.
Pires 8-1 (9-11) Held up in rear, kept on one paced from 2f out, 10th of 14, 9l behind Cochlear (8-12) at Dundalk 1m hcp pol in Apr '08.
Night Crescendo (USA) 5-1 (9-4) Held up mid-division, ridden and weakened over 3f out, 7th of 9, 22l behind Victoria Montoya (8-2) at Newmarket 1m 6f hcp 0-105 (2) gf in May.
Internationaldebut (IRE) 4-1fav (9-11) Mid-division, headway on far side over 2f out, ridden and effort over 1f out, kept on under pressure final furlong, 3rd of 13, 1 3/4l behind Roker Park (9-5) at Doncaster 6f hcp 0-95 (3) gd.
Boz 3-1fav (9-2) Held up, headway to track leaders over 6f out, ridden over 3f out, gradually weakened final 2f, 4th of 9, 11l behind Victoria Montoya (8-2) at Newmarket 1m 6f hcp 0-105 (2) gf in May.
Crackentorp 10-3fav (9-0) Tracked leader, led over 3f out, ridden over 1f out, no extra when headed final 50 yards, 2nd of 13, 3/4l behind Red Merlin (8-13) at Goodwood 1m 4f hcp 0-90 (3) gd in May.
Road To Love (IRE) 11-1 (9-4) Led and raced keen, ridden and headed over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 12, 10l behind Moonquake (9-4) at York 1m 2f hcp 0-100 (2) gf in May.
Martyr 13-2 (9-0) Disputed lead until overall leader 4f out, soon hard pressed, kept on gamely, no extra when headed inside final furlong, 3rd of 16, 2 1/2l behind Coin Of The Realm (8-7) at Epsom Downs 1m 4f hcp 0-100 (2) gd.