Just four runners turn up for this conditions race and with Godolphin's two-year-olds going so well this season we marginally prefer the chances of ATLANTIS STAR over Quarrel leaving the exposed looking Footstepsofspring third best. The boys in blue's handler Saeed Bin Suroor has about a 30% strike rate with his youngsters this term and the selection added to the record with an easy victory in a Pontefract maiden on debut. He should come on from that run, as his stablemates tend to do, so he might just prove too good again. The selection will have a strong challenge from fellow first time out winner Quarrel, who landed his maiden at Ascot. The form has been well advertised by the third placed animal going on to score and more is expected this time. Footstepsofspring is the most experienced of these and probably would have to find some improvement to get in front this time while Swiss Cross was solid on debut but is in need of huge progress to get on top.
Atlantis Star 11-4fav (9-3) Slowly into stride, soon tracking leaders, led on inside 2f out, clear over 1f out, easily, won at Pontefract 6f 2yo mdn (4) gd beating Raleigh Quay (9-0) by 6l, 7 ran.
Footstepsofspring (FR) 8-1 (9-5) Keen, led, steadied pace halfway, ridden 2f out, headed 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 7, 2 3/4l behind Hairspray (9-0) at Newmarket 6f 2yo stks (3) gs in Jul.
Quarrel (USA) 9-2 (9-0) Keen early, held up, headway over 2f out, pushed along to chase leader 1f out, stayed on under hand riding to lead final 100 yards, won at Ascot 6f 2yo mdn (4) gf in Jul beating Atlaal (9-0) by 3/4l, 8 ran.
Swiss Cross 12-1 (8-12) Tracked leaders, keen, hampered 1f out, soon weakened, 5th of 12, 8l behind Aerodynamic (9-3) at Nottingham 6f 2yo mdn (5) gd in Jun.