THREE BARDS likes to make the running and has the right man on board in Darryll Holland, who will steadily wind the pace up from the front on Mark Johnston's three-year-old. He's already won at Southwell and Newmarket this year and didn't do a lot wrong when second to Ruscello at Yarmouth last time. Sula Two has had a successful season but may just be a shade high in the weights now while Kempton runner-up Spartan Spirit continues to creep up the ratings despite not winning. Tingo In The Tale and Hurricane In Dubai may prove the pick of the remainder with Mossbrae needing to improve on his form in maidens on his handicap debut.
Hanoverian Baron 9-1 (10-5) Tracked leaders, weakened 3f out, tailed off, last of 19, well behind Crackentorp (10-13) at York 1m 4f ladys hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Jun.
Sula Two 28-1 (8-3) Mid-division, headway over 6f out, soon chasing leaders, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 10, 11l behind Caravan Rolls On (9-5) at Newmarket 1m 5f hcp 0-100 (2) gf in Aug.
Spartan Spirit (IRE) 7-4fav (9-8) Took keen hold, held up in last pair, headway 2f out, quickened betwen horses over 1f out, went 2nd and upsides inside final furlong, strong challenge close home, just failed, 2nd of 7, shd behind Brigadoon (9-7) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Aug.
Honourable Knight (IRE) 16-1 (8-11) Soon detached in rear, tailed off and eased final 3f, 6th of 7, well behind Kleitomachos (9-0) at Windsor 1m 4f hcp 0-80 (4) sft in Apr.
Three Bards (IRE) 6-4fav (8-13) Led, left to race alone on far side rail over 4f out, ridden and headed over 3f out, every chance when jinked left 2f out, pressed winner entering final furlong, kept on one pace, 2nd of 4, 1 1/4l behind Ruscello (9-2) at Yarmouth 1m 3f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Aug.
Mossbrae 14-1 (9-3) Held up towards rear, headway under pressure to 4th well over 1f out, 4th of 11, 6l behind Ustura (9-0) at Kempton 1m 2f 3yo mdn stks (4) pol in Aug.
Circle Of Angels 15-2 (9-3) Held up in rear, headway over 2f out, soon beaten, last of 9, 15l behind Little Dutch Girl (9-3) at Ffos Las 1m 4f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Aug.
Tingo In The Tale (IRE) 25-1 (8-8) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, no extra inside final furlong, 6th of 7, 7l behind Bridgehampton (8-2) at Sandown 1m 6f 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gf in Jul.
Hurricane In Dubai (IRE) 8-1 (8-9) In touch, ridden 3f out, effort over 1f out, stayed on to go 4th close home, 4th of 9, 5l behind Ex Oriente (9-1) at Newmarket 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Aug.
April Ciel 4-1 (8-1) Tracked winner until ridden over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 5th of 6, 13l behind Henry Clay (9-4) at Warwick 1m 3f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Aug.