STORMING BERNARD had Bountiful Girl behind at Newmarket two runs ago and certainly wasn't winning out of turn at Brighton earlier this month. His earlier form in maidens is rock-solid and Alan Bailey's gelding can follow up back in a nursery. Sound Advice has been highly tried since beating a subsequent winner at Musselburgh in June and looks a danger as he finished ahead of Sandown scorer John Lightbody in the Superlative Stakes at Newmarket in July. Shamrocked also has claims on the form book but Barolo Top looks weighted out of this.
Barolo Top (IRE) 8-1 (9-4) Held up behind in touch, ridden and outpaced over 2f out, never able to challenge, 5th of 6, 4 1/2l behind Just Fabulous (8-13) at Redcar 7f nov med aut stk (5) sft in Aug.
John Lightbody 11-2 (9-0) Mid-division, hard driven before halfway, soon no impression, last of 11, 19l behind Red Duke (9-0) at Newmarket 7f 2yo Grp 2 (1) gf in Jul.
Shamrocked (IRE) 5-1 (8-13) Led, strongly challenged well over 1f out, headed entering final furlong, weakening when not much room closing stages, 3rd of 5, 2 3/4l behind Coupe de Ville (8-13) at Newbury 7f 2yo stks (4) gd in Jul.
Sound Advice 7-1 (8-13) Led after 1f, headed over 1f out, soon hard ridden, no extra close home, 3rd of 7, 4l behind Coupe de Ville (8-13) at Salisbury 1m Listed stks 2yo (1) gs in Aug.
Storming Bernard (USA) 5-4fav (9-3) Made all, strongly challenged over 2f out, quickened clear entering final furlong, redily, won at Brighton 7f 2yo mdn (5) gd beating Strident Force (9-3) by 1 1/4l, 6 ran.
Captain Cardington (IRE) 40-1 (8-6) Held up, always in rear, last of 10, 10l behind Anjaz (9-2) at Doncaster 1m 2yo hcp (2) gf.
Bountiful Girl 9-1 (8-7) Held up in touch, pushed along 3f out, ridden 2f out, stayed on towards finish, 4th of 8, 1l behind Amazing Storm (9-1) at Newmarket 7f 2yo hcp (3) gs in Aug.