King Of The Danes is progressing well but is chasing a hat-trick off a 12lb higher mark today as he steps up a couple of grades. Grandorio was well beaten at Haydock last time having been raised the same amount for scoring at York. Hi There finished ahead of stablemate Spirit Of The Law when third at York last month and the latter had also found Fort Belvedere too good over track and trip before that. Recent Ripon winner Maven has yet to score in this grade and Clayton will need to dig a bit deeper off his current mark, so the speculative vote goes to WELL PAINTED as he attempts 1m2f for the first time having slipped 7lb down the weights this season.
Clayton 7-1 (9-13) Prominent, ridden and every chance 2f out, kept on one pace final furlong, 3rd of 10, 2 3/4l behind Strictly Silver (9-9) at Newmarket 1m 2f hcp 0-100 (2) gf in Aug.
Beaumont's Party (IRE) 10-1 (9-11) Mid-division, headway 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 10, 8l behind Strictly Silver (9-9) at Newmarket 1m 2f hcp 0-100 (2) gf in Aug.
Maven 10-1 (9-11) Held up in mid-division, headway on outside over 2f out, chased leaders 2f out, went 2nd soon after, ridden to lead over 1f out, stayed on well, won at Ripon 1m 2f hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Aug beating Eeny Mac (8-13) by 3/4l, 10 ran.
Spirit Of The Law (IRE) 13-2 (8-9) Mid-division, ridden and outpaced 2f out, kept on same pace under pressure from over 1f out, no impression with leaders, 5th of 11, 4l behind Sam Sharp (9-5) at York 1m 2f hcp 105 (2) sft in Aug.
Fort Belvedere 22-1 (9-8) Held up and behind, never a factor, 9th of 14, 10l behind Special Meaning (8-10) at Hamilton 1m 4f hcp 0-90 (3) gf in Aug.
Well Painted (IRE) 9-1 (9-2) Towards rear, headway over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 4th of 13, 2 3/4l behind Ehtedaam (9-10) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Aug.
Hi There (IRE) 16-1 (8-11) Mid-division on inside, headway 2f out, ridden and effort over 1f out, kept on inside final furlolng, held towards finish, 3rd of 11, 1 1/4l behind Sam Sharp (9-5) at York 1m 2f hcp 105 (2) sft in Aug.
Spanish Duke (IRE) 16-1 (9-7) Held up towards rear, ridden and well beaten over 3f out, last of 17, well behind Warlu Way (9-7) at Carlisle 1m 3f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Jun.
Grandorio (IRE) 11-4 (9-7) Tracked leaders, pushed along over 4f out, edged left and no impression over 1f out, weakened final furlong, last of 3, 11l behind Red Avenger (9-4) at Haydock 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gf in Jul.
King Of The Danes 4-1fav (9-2) Made all, set good pace, pushed clear over 1f out, stayed on strongly, unchallenged, won at Goodwood 1m 1f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf in May beating Zamoyski (9-5) by 6l, 8 ran.
Argaki (IRE) 7-2 (9-9) Tracked leaders, ridden over 3f out, headway to chase winner 2f out, no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 9, 4 1/2l behind Wellingrove (9-1) at Hamilton 1m 1f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Aug.