With the ground turning against Berberana and Boundless Spirit appearing to be thoroughly exposed this might be decided by the Richard Fahey-trained pair of Robert The Painter and ALBEN STAR. Jockey bookings would indicate that the latter, who won a fast ground Musselburgh maiden on debut three months ago, has the better chance, and as his sire Clodovil loved cut then he may well be able to improve on that effort today, making him hard to beat. His stablemate is also by the mudlark Whipper so should enjoy conditions and is respected after a recent Redcar debut success. Bellemere has claims after some good form on softer ground, though she has yet to prove herself over this trip. Serena's Pride is respected now dropped from group company, while Drawing Board also has claims, but Alben Star gets the nod.
Drawing Board 5-2 (8-12) In rear, ridden halfway, soon beaten, 5th of 6, 7l behind Fifth Commandment (8-0) at Windsor 6f 2yo stks (3) gf in Aug.
Serena's Pride 10-1 (8-12) Chased leaders, driven over 1f out, weakened entering final furlong, 4th of 12, 7l behind Electric Waves (8-12) at Newbury 5f 2yo fll Listed stks (1) gd in Aug.
Alben Star (IRE) 3-1 (9-3) Dwelt, soon tracked leaders, ridden to lead approaching final furlong, edged left and ran on, won at Musselburgh 5f 2yo mdn (5) gf in Jun beating Earl Wild (9-3) by 3/4l, 10 ran.
Robert The Painter (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, behind, ridden and headway over 1f out, led inside final furlong, kept on well, won at Redcar 6f 2yo mdn aut (5) gf in Aug beating Chokidar (9-3) by 3/4l, 14 ran.
Boundless Spirit 8-1 (8-11) Steadied start, pulled very hard, chased leader until weakened rapidly well over 1f out, last of 8, 21l behind Dingle View (8-10) at Haydock 5f 2yo hcp (2) gs in Aug.
Malgoof (IRE) 7-2 (9-0) Led until 2f out, hard ridden and weakened inside final furlong, 4th of 5, 8l behind Mayson (9-5) at Ripon 6f 2yo stks (3) gs in Aug.
Blaze Of Thunder (IRE) 6-1 (9-7) Chased leaders, not much room entering final 2f, soon ridden, weakened final furlong, 6th of 8, 3l behind Maggie Mey (8-3) at Ripon 6f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Aug.
Berberana (IRE) 7-1 (8-9) Pressed leader stands side, driven to lead that side over 2f out, ridden well over 1f out, stayed on under pressure inside final furlong, no impression with far side winner, 2nd of 13, 2 1/2l behind Easy Ticket (9-2) at Haydock 6f 2yo hcp (2) gf.
Bellemere 4-1 (9-4) Chased leaders, challenged and every chance over 1f out, kept on same pace, 2nd of 8, 2 1/4l behind Watts Up Son (9-5) at Newcastle 5f 2yo hcp 0-70 (5) gs in Aug.
Madam Markievicz (IRE) 2-1fav (8-12) With leader, led over 1f out, soon ridden, headed inside final furlong, no extra towards finish, 3rd of 6, 1l behind Upark Flyer (8-1) at Musselburgh 5f 2yo sll (6) gd in Aug.
Rothesay Chancer 20-1 (8-2) Slowly into stride, behind, driven over 2f out, headway under pressure over 1f out, ridden and kept on inside final furlong, never reached leaders, 6th of 10, 2 1/4l behind Earl Wild (9-2) at Musselburgh 5f 2yo hcp 0-90 (3) gd.
Granny Anne (IRE) 66-1 (8-5) In touch, led 4f out, headed over 2f out gradually weakened, 6th of 13, 11l behind Codemaster (9-3) at Newmarket 6f 2yo mdn (4) gs in Aug.