MAGIC CITY looked a very smart prospect when winning by six lengths on his debut at Newbury in April. Things haven't gone to plan since but this looks a little easier than recent tasks and, on breeding, there's a good chance the step up 7f will suit. He gets the vote as he makes more appeal than stablemate Wolfgang at the weights, though the latter had Es Que Love behind when second at Newmarket in July in a race that's produced plenty of subsequent winners. West Leake Hare looks held on the form book, but the filly Jessie's Spirit is progressive and could be a factor if she stays the extra furlong. She looks a better bet than the more exposed See Clearly and Indepub.
Wolfgang (IRE) 8-1 (9-7) Held up in last quartett, pushed along and headway 3f out, chased leading pair over 2f out, driven over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 4th of 12, 5l behind Risky Art (8-8) at York 1m 2yo hcp (2) gd in Aug.
Magic City (IRE) 14-1 (8-11) Slowly in to stride, behind, some late modest headway, 13th of 20, 14l behind Bogart (8-11) at York 6f 2yo aut (2) gs in Aug.
Es Que Love (IRE) 8-1 (9-7) Chased leaders, weakening when hampered 2f out, 11th of 16, 14l behind Bomber Jet (8-11) at York 6f 2yo hcp (2) gs in Aug.
Ghostwriting (USA) 10-1 (9-0) Held up in mid-division, driven and headway over 2f out, soon under pressure, weakened approaching final furlong, 7th of 11, 11l behind Red Duke (9-0) at Newmarket 7f 2yo Grp 2 (1) gf in Jul.
Jessie's Spirit (IRE) 11-4fav (8-12) Prominent, ridden to lead over 1f out, kept on well, won at Ripon 6f 2yo stks (3) gs in Aug beating Hot Sugar (9-5) by 1 1/4l, 5 ran.
West Leake Hare (IRE) 9-2fav (8-12) Chased leaders, weakening when hampered 2f out, 12th of 16, 14l behind Bomber Jet (8-11) at York 6f 2yo hcp (2) gs in Aug.
The Blue Banana (IRE) 7-2 (8-13) Held up, ridden 3f out, not pace to challenge, 5th of 8, 5l behind Pride And Joy (9-3) at Sandown 7f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Aug.
See Clearly 11-1 (8-11) Led, headed over 4f out, ridden 2f out, led over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, got back up towards finish, won at Catterick 6f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Aug beating Cravat (9-7) by shd, 7 ran.
Indepub 13-2 (9-2) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, outpaced when carried slightly left over 1f out, stayed on under pressure to chase winner final 110 yards, held towards finish, 2nd of 10, 1l behind Nemushka (9-3) at Redcar 7f 2yo hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Travis County (IRE) 9-1 (8-6) Slowly into stride, always in rear, 11th of 12, 11l behind Bayleyf (9-2) at Goodwood 6f 2yo hcp (2) gf in Jul.
Nameitwhatyoulike 20-1 (9-7) Tracked leaders and keen, chased winner over 2f out, ridden well over 1f out, lost 2nd place last strides, 2nd of 12, 1 1/2l behind Loyal Master (9-7) at Beverley 7f hcp 0-75 2yo (5) sft in Aug.
Man Of My Word 16-1 (9-4) Not much room soon after start, outpaced and behind, came wide entering straight, headway and hung left over 1f out, no chance, 6th of 14, 16l behind Bitaphon (9-3) at Southwell 7f 2yo hcp 0-65 (6) fbs in Aug.