TAC DE BOISTRON was originally entered for a hot Group 3 at Kempton last weekend and looks better suited to today's task. A Group 2 winner at Longchamp last year, he ran well for a long way behind Harris Tweed at Goodwood on his first start for Marco Botti and is fancied to get the better of Cubanita. The latter went close in Group company at Cork back in June and is preferred to Cameron Highland, who is penalised for winning a Listed race at Windsor last month. Area Fifty One won over 1m2f here in June which so far has proved his best trip while Montaser and Star Lahib were both well beaten behind Sun Central at this track a fortnight ago. Allied Powers has won just the once since 2010 and last year's Chester Cup hero, Ile de Re, will find today's trip short enough.
Cameron Highland (IRE) 3-1 (9-2) Took keen hold, always prominent, led over 2f out, soon hard driven, edged left inside final furlong, ran on well, won at Windsor 1m 4f Listed stks 3yo (1) sft in Aug beating Shirocco Star (8-11) by 3l, 5 ran.
Allied Powers (IRE) 8-1 (9-7) Held up in touch, ridden 2f out, no extra final furlong, 5th of 10, 9l behind Mijhaar (9-10) at Hamilton 1m 4f listed hcp 0-110 (1) gs in May.
Area Fifty One 12-1 (9-0) Led until over 6f out, rallied over 2f out, soon under pressure, faded final furlong, 4th of 5, 13l behind Planteur (9-0) at Windsor 1m 2f Grp 3 (1) sft in Aug.
Ile De Re (FR) 12-1 (9-9) Held up behind, ridden and outpaced over 2f out, headway under pressure on outside over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, never reached leaders, 12th of 18, 7l behind Tominator (9-10) at Newcastle 2m hcp (2) gs in Jun.
Montaser (IRE) 12-1 (9-4) Raced wide mid-division, headway to track leader over 3f out until ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 9, 36l behind Sun Central (9-11) at Chester 1m 5f listed hcp 0-110 (1) gd in Aug.
Tac De Boistron (FR) 12-1 (9-7) Took keen hold tracking leading trio, headway to 2nd briefly 2f out, chased leading pair, driven and no impression over 1f out, 3rd of 7, 6l behind Harris Tweed (9-7) at Goodwood 1m 6f Listed stks 3yo (1) gd in Aug.
Cubanita 9-4fav (9-9) Settled behind leaders, 4th halfway, 3rd 2f out, ridden to challenge 1 1/2f out, narrow lead 1f out, strongly pressed, narrowly headed final 100 yards, kept on, no extra close home, 3rd of 8, hd behind Midnight Soprano (9-9) at Cork 1m 4f flls Group 3 stks (1) sft in Jun.
Star Lahib (IRE) 7-2fav (9-2) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 9, 15l behind Sun Central (9-11) at Chester 1m 5f listed hcp 0-110 (1) gd in Aug.