GABRIAL THE GREAT was outclassed in the Melrose Stakes at York but this looks a decent chance to regain the winning thread under conditions that have very much suited him in the past. Deia Sunrise didn't do too much wrong when just failing to overhaul Eastern Destiny over C&D though, frustratingly for connections, the handicapper has raised him 3lb though he will still be better off today with that rival. The Mark Johnston pair, Universal and Prussian, have continued to plunder handicaps at will this summer with the latter appearing particularly impressive on her latest outing at Haydock. Miss Cap Estel is in receipt of plenty of weight from the likely market principals, and the recent C&D winner shouldn't be inconvenienced by the prevailing ground as she broke her maiden at Ffos Las with plenty of give underfoot.
Universal (IRE) 3-1fav (9-10) Made all, quickened over 3f out, hard driven over 1f out, ran on strongly, won at Beverley 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gd beating Chapter Seven (9-7) by 1 1/2l, 8 ran.
Prussian 11-8fav (9-0) Chased leaders, pushed along and not much room over 1f out, switched right entering final furlong, soon led, quickened last 150 yards, kept on well, won at Haydock 1m 2f hcp 0-95 (3) gf beating Proud Chieftain (9-6) by 2l, 10 ran.
Deia Sunrise (IRE) 7-1 (9-7) Raced wide in touch, in rear, pushed along 3f out, ridden and headway on outer over 1f out, challenged winner inside final furlong, ran on, just held, 2nd of 8, shd behind Eastern Destiny (8-8) at Chester 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gs.
Gabrial The Great (IRE) 12-1 (9-1) Held up mid-division and keen, headway over 3f out, led over 2f out, headed over 1f out, soon weakened, 11th of 16, 29l behind Guarantee (9-4) at York 1m 6f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gs in Aug.
Clare Island Boy (IRE) 7-1 (9-0) Led, pushed along and quickened 3f out, ridden and headed 2f out, chased winner until over 1f out, soon outpaced, eased when no chance towards finish, last of 3, 4 1/2l behind Coupe de Ville (9-0) at Newmarket 1m 2f con stks (3) gf in Aug.
Sheikhzayedroad 3-1fav (9-1) Staedied in rear, headway well over 1f out, chased leaders entering final furlong, never able to challenge, 3rd of 8, 2 3/4l behind Universal (9-10) at Beverley 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gd.
Swnymor (IRE) 11-1 (8-12) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 14th of 16, 17l behind Sir Graham Wade (8-8) at Goodwood 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gd in Aug.
Deepsand (IRE) 8-1 (8-13) Towards rear, ridden over 2f out, hampered inside final furlong, not trouble leaders, 6th of 8, 12l behind Eastern Destiny (8-8) at Chester 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gs.
Eastern Destiny 11-1 (8-8) Held up towards rear, headway on inner from over 3f out, switched right 2f out, led over 1f out, ran on, just held on, won at Chester 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gs beating Deia Sunrise (9-7) by shd, 8 ran.
Kimbali (IRE) 4-1 (9-8) Mid-division, ridden over 3f out, headway over 1f out, stayed on, 3rd of 10, 4l behind Prime Exhibit (8-12) at Wolverhampton 7f clm stks (5) pol.
Miss Cap Estel 4-1fav (9-7) Dipped start, held up in rear, headway when not clear run over 1f out, led inside final furlong, ran on, won at Chester 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gd beating Daddy Warbucks (9-7) by 3/4l, 10 ran.