It'll be disappointing if AL MUTHANAA can't take advantage of what looks a great opportunity. The Haggas-trained gelding showed abundant promise on his debut at Newmarket when beaten by a rival with experience and this son of a Group One winning juvenile should win this if repeating the effort, let alone improving as expected. Self Employed did well to take a distance second on his debut and this drop back to six should serve him well while Ardent was sent a long way to make her debut at Thirsk and attracted plenty of support prior to finishing seventh. She can learn from the experience and run well in a weak race, a point highlighted by the fact that 52-rated four-year-old Nativity may well be best of the rest.
Al Muthanaa 5-2 (9-3) Slowly into stride, soon in touch, ridden and headway over 1f out, effort inside final furlong, stayed on to go 2nd near finish, 2nd of 9, 1/2l behind Soviet Secret (9-3) at Newmarket 7f 3yo mdn (4) gf in Jul.
Barton Bounty 66-1 (9-3) Held up in rear, never dangerous, 10th of 13, 15l behind Mata Keranjang (9-3) at Thirsk 1m mdn stks (4) gf in Jul.
Bigern Firebreak colt out of Lady Boxer.
Clearly Cryptonite (USA) 11-2 (8-13) Started slowly, soon pushed along and behind, ridden on outside over 2f out, never a factor, last of 10, 38l behind Grey Bunting (8-13) at Redcar 1m 2f mdn stks (5) gd in Jun.
Premier Contender (IRE) 25-1 (9-3) Mid-division, ridden and weakened well over 1f out, 11th of 12, 26l behind Touch Tone (8-12) at Thirsk 7f mdn stks (5) gd in Jul.
Self Employed 25-1 (9-3) Dwelt badly and slowly away, soon recovered to catch field, took keen hold, tracked winner 4f out, ridden over 2f out, soon outpaced by winner, 2nd of 5, 6l behind Ertikaan (9-3) at Doncaster 7f 3yo mdn (4) gf in Jul.
Tsar Bomba (USA) 16-1 (8-9) Dwelt, towards rear, soon chased along, headway over 1f out, stayed on towards finish, 5th of 12, 4l behind Oondiri (8-4) at Redcar 5f 2yo mdn aut (5) gf in May '09.
Nativity 11-2 (8-13) Held up in rear, headway well over 1f out, stayed on strongly, never troubled leaders, 4th of 14, 3 1/2l behind Titus Gent (9-13) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jul.
Ardent 11-4fav (8-12) Soon tracked leader, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 7th of 12, 11l behind Touch Tone (8-12) at Thirsk 7f mdn stks (5) gd in Jul.
Miss Blink Compton Place filly out of Tawny Way.
Red Roar (IRE) 10-1 (8-12) Towards rear, headway 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on well towards finish, 2nd of 7, 1/2l behind Henry Morgan (9-3) at Hamilton 6f mdn stks (5) gd in Jul.