Velox came up against a decent sort at Newmarket earlier this month having narrowly failed to score at Haydock previously. He has to go on the short-list while Ningara never seems to run a bad race and was just touched off at Newmarket last time having beaten Sadiq a length-and-a-quarter at Sandown previously. But the Godolphin gelding is 5lb better off here and now wears a visor so must have every chance of turning the tables. Saeed bin Suroor also saddles the unexposed Mulakim while Rocket Ronnie and Topamichi are at the top of their game, but take on better opposition today. Yarroom should put up a bold display under top weight but PHAENOMENA started to repay some of her inflated purchase price when winning a Newbury maiden at the start of the month. She makes her handicap debut off a decent mark and can score again.
Yarroom (IRE) 7-2 (9-2) Soon tracked leader, led over 1f out, soon ridden, headed inside final furlong, no extra towards finish, 2nd of 7, 3/4l behind Hay Dude (9-7) at Haydock 1m 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gd.
Mulakim 3-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, ridden to chase easy winner over 2f out, soon outpaced, 2nd of 3, 24l behind Telescope (9-3) at Leicester 1m 2f con stks (3) gf in Jul.
Velox 2-1fav (9-3) Dwelt towards rear, steady headway from 6f out, close up over 3f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, soon wandered about under pressure, headed inside final furlong, kept on one pace, 2nd of 9, 3 1/2l behind Urban Dance (9-5) at Newmarket 1m 2f hcp 0-90 (3) gd.
Pitchoun (IRE) 25-1 (8-12) Held up in rear, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened, last of 9, 36l behind Pether's Moon (9-3) at Goodwood 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gd.
Sadiq 6-4fav (9-2) Held up in last pair, headway 3f out, chased leading pair inside final 2f, soon ridden, went 2nd over 1f out, stayed on same pace and no impression final furlong, 2nd of 7, 1 1/4l behind Ningara (8-10) at Sandown 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jul.
Ningara 5-2fav (8-5) Mid-division, headway and not clear run entering final 2f, effort entering final furlong, ran on towards finish, 2nd of 10, 3/4l behind Strictly Silver (9-9) at Newmarket 1m 2f hcp 0-100 (2) gf.
Rocket Ronnie (IRE) 6-4fav (9-4) Tracked leaders in 3rd, led over 2f out, clear over 1f out, ran on well, won at Beverley 1m 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gf beating Red Charmer (9-7) by 7l, 6 ran.
Phaenomena (IRE) 11-4 (9-0) Tracked leader, driven to challenge over 2f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, ran on well, won at Newbury 1m 3f fll mdn stks (5) gd beating Saddaqa (9-0) by 3/4l, 8 ran.
Topamichi 11-2 (8-13) Keen held up, pushed along 4f out, headway over 2f out, stayed on to lead near finish, won at Chester 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gd beating Rhombus (9-7) by 1/2l, 8 ran.