Mull Of Killough has won both his starts so far but a 5lb rise for his handicap debut success at Thirsk last time makes this tougher in a more competitive contest for John Spearing's gelding and a safer option looks to be EMIRATES ROADSHOW, who is preferred to Standpoint. Sir Michael Stoute's gelding opened his account when landing a Warwick maiden over seven furlongs last month and he has to be respected on his handicap debut but is not certain to stay the extra furlong so may be best watched. John Gosden can do little wrong at present so Uniquely Poised has to be considered but he seems a shade high in the weights for what he has achieved, while Harry Dunlop's Arrivederla has more to do than when winning races at Lingfield and Haydock in his last two starts. Luca Cumani's Magaling won well enough here last time but may prefer the ground to be softer and of more interest may be Roman Republic. Mark Johnston's colt makes his seasonal reappearance today but the stable have their runners in good form so lack fo a recent run need not be of concern and he has to be considered off what looks a fair mark. Preference though is for Godolphin's Emirates Roadshow, who lost no caste in defeat at Windsor on his return last month and he has every chance off just a 4lb higher mark today.
Uniquely Poised (USA) 14-1 (9-3) In touch, chased leaders, quickened to lead over 1f out, soon clear, pushed out, comfortably, won at Kempton 1m 3yo mdn stks (4) pol in May beating Sam Sharp (9-3) by 5l, 12 ran.
Magaling (IRE) 7-1 (9-4) Held up, headway over 1f, driven and hung right approaching final furlong, ran on to lead close home, won at Doncaster 7f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gs in May beating Floor Show (8-13) by nk, 13 ran.
Deadly Secret (USA) 33-1 (8-9) In rear, ridden over 3f out, never troubled leaders, 11th of 15, 16l behind Desert Creek (7-12) at Haydock 1m 3yo hcp (2) hvy in May.
Emirates Roadshow (USA) 7-2 (8-9) Keen hold early, led, narrowly headed over 3f out, chased winner after under pressure, no impression final furlong, kept on well for clear 2nd, 2nd of 11, 1 3/4l behind Desert Creek (8-9) at Windsor 1m hcp 0-90 (3) gf in May.
Mull Of Killough (IRE) 9-4fav (9-0) Held up in touch, keen, headway to challenge over 1f out, led entering final furlong, driven out, won at Thirsk 1m 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd in May beating Big Apple Boy (9-4) by 2l, 5 ran.
Roman Republic (FR) 11-4fav (9-0) Held up, ridden along halfway, headway over 1f, ran on to lead inside final furlong, kept on, won at Doncaster 7f 2yo mdn (4) gd in Oct beating Striker Torres (9-0) by 3/4l, 15 ran.
Arrivederla (IRE) 14-1 (9-2) Held up mid-division, headway 2f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, kept on final furlong, won at Haydock 7f hcp 0-80 (4) sft in May beating Eastern Warrior (9-2) by 2 1/2l, 13 ran.
December Draw (IRE) 10-3fav (9-3) Mid-division, steady headway on outside from 3f out, chased leaders and every chance 2f out, weakened final furlong, 5th of 10, 2 3/4l behind Forte Dei Marmi (8-8) at Goodwood 1m 1f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd in May.
Come And Go (UAE) 10-1 (9-7) Held up in rear, smooth headway on inner 3f out, ridden and one pace final furlong, 5th of 7, 8l behind Geneva Geyser (8-9) at Redcar 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf in May.
Russian George (IRE) 11-2 (8-9) Led, headed over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 2nd of 7, 1 3/4l behind Suruor (8-12) at Newmarket 1m 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gf in May.
Standpoint 11-4 (9-0) Always prominent, led well over 1f out, edged left inside final furlong, ran on well, won at Warwick 7f mdn stks (5) fm in May beating Doc Jones (8-9) by 3 1/2l, 10 ran.
Johnmanderville 25-1 (8-7) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 14, 9l behind Brief Encounter (8-9) at York 7f hcp 0-100 (2) gf in May.