Yul Finegold ran well at a big price when stepped up to 1m4f last month and is unlikely to start at 20/1 for this. Typhon scored over track and trip at the same price in June but could only manage third off today's higher mark at Epsom last time. Ikhtisas and Nonotnow are likely improvers especially the latter who will appreciate the longer trip and it's too soon to write of Aneedh after a below par effort at Yarmouth. GIOIA DI VITA finished a respectable third in a more competitive handicap over 1m3f on the Polytrack last time but Marco Botti's colt gets the vote on his earlier second over today's trip at Pontefract behind the progressive Theodore Gericault.
Yul Finegold (IRE) 20-1 (9-7) Held up in mid-division, headway 3f out, ridden to chase leaders 2f out, chased winner over 1f out, stayed on same pace final furlong, 2nd of 9, 1 1/4l behind Couloir Extreme (9-8) at Windsor 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Jun.
Typhon (USA) 3-1 (9-7) Held up in touch in rear, ridden and headway over 1f out when carried head high, no impression final furlong, 3rd of 5, 4 1/2l behind Shamaheart (9-1) at Epsom Downs 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Gioia Di Vita 14-1 (8-10) Prominent on outside, disputed lead briefly over 7f out, challenged over 2f out, every chance over 1f out until inside final furlong, no extra final 110 yards, 5th of 7, 5l behind Rundell (9-3) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jun.
Ikhtisas (USA) 5-2fav (9-0) Took keen hold in touch, pushed along well over 2f out, not clear run and near side rail and switched left well over 1f out, soon one pace and no impression, 7th of 12, 7l behind Sunbula (8-9) at Warwick 1m 3f mdn stks (5) gf.
Aneedh 4-1 (9-2) Keen close up, ridden 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 6, 8l behind Super Cookie (8-3) at Yarmouth 1m 1f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Nonotnow 5-1 (9-3) Held up towards rear, effort over 1f out, one pace and no impression, 5th of 8, 8l behind Zaitsev (9-3) at Beverley 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Ofcoursewecan (USA) 12-1 (8-4) Close up, ridden 2f out, weakened final furlong, 8th of 9, 9l behind Argaki (7-11) at Ayr 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Smooth Handle 66-1 (8-2) Raced wide pulled hard held up in touch, ridden over 3f out, soon outpaced, kept on final furlong, not trouble leaders, 5th of 8, 5l behind Bahamamay (9-0) at Beverley 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) gf.