This is a competitive renewal of the Racing Post trophy and we will select JUKEBOX JURY over Masterofthehorse and Crowded House. Mark Johnston's colt is a smart performer and he has improved with each of his runs so far. He won a Group 2 race at Ascot last time and we will back him to improve again to win this. He also has trip and ground to suit. Masterofthehorse is trained by Aidan O'Brien and that in itself makes him a leading player here. He was turned over at the Curragh last time though and he may prove to be better over a slightly longer trip. Crowded House is stepped-up in class but he ran a blinder last time and his trainer thinks he could be a capable Group performer. Marching Time won well last time at Yarmouth and he should be suited by this step-up in trip. He is clearly a decent prospect but he will need to find plenty of improvement to win this. Similar comments would apply to Red Spider who was well-backed before making a winning debut at Kempton. This is a tough race, but Jukebox Jury looks a class act and he is the choice.
Courageous (IRE) 16-1 (9-2) Held up in touch, ridden over 2f out, stayed on from over 1f out, took 2nd towards finish, no chance with winner, 2nd of 7, 2 1/2l behind Secrecy (8-9) at Doncaster 7f 2yo stk (3) sft in Sept.
Crowded House 12-1 (9-3) Always prominent, ridden over 1f out, ran on under pressure to lead towards finish, headed close home, 2nd of 24, 1/2l behind Donativum (9-3) at Newmarket 7f 2yo aut (2) gf.
Gibb River (IRE) 15-2 (9-3) Slowly away, behind, headway over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 8th of 17, 6l behind Control Zone (9-3) at Newbury 7f 2yo mdn (4) gd in Sept.
Indian Ocean (IRE) 7-1 (9-1) 6th to halfway, progress into 4th over 2f out, ridden and one pace, 4th of 7, 10l behind Mastercraftsman (9-1) at Curragh 7f 2yo Grp 1 hvy in Sept.
Jukebox Jury (IRE) 8-1 (8-12) Slowly into stride, in rear, headway and not clear run over 2f out, soon shaken up, not clear run and switched left again over 1f out, ran on to lead close home, won at Ascot 1m 2yo Grp 2 (1) gd in Sept beating Cityscape (8-12) by 3/4l, 8.
Marching Time 2-1fav (9-3) Held up in touch, ridden over 2f out, 5 lengths down on leader entering final furlong, edged left and ran on to lead post, won at Yarmouth 7f 2yo mdn (4) gd in Sept beating Tamarah (8-12) by a nk, 12 ran.
Masterofthehorse (IRE) 11-8fav (9-1) Held up in rear, 5th and progress on outer over 2f out, close 4th 1f out, kept on under pressure, 3rd of 6, 1/2l behind Sea The Stars (9-1) at Curragh 1m 2yo Grp 2 gs in Sept.
Midnight Cruiser (IRE) 13-2 (9-1) Slowly into stride, held up and last place and ridden and headway 2f out, switched right, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 4th of 7, 3 1/2l behind On Our Way (9-3) at Newmarket 1m 2yo stk (2) gd.
Red Spider 8-13fav (9-3) Led after 2f, going well 2f out, soon clear, pushed out, eased towards finish, won at Kempton 1m 2yo mdn (4) pol in Sept beating Celtic Commitment (9-3) by 3 1/2l, 8 ran.
Rising Prospect 15-2 (9-2) Towards rear, headway over 3f out, ridden over 2f out, led 2 out, soon clear, won at Ayr 1m 2yo hcp (2) hvy in Sept beating Cosmic Sun (9-2) by 3l, 8 ran.
Roman Glory (IRE) 8-11fav (9-3) With leaders, led over 2f out, ridden, headed inside final furlong, not quicken, 2nd of 12, 2 1/2l behind Tottie (8-12) at Brighton 1m 2yo mdn auc (5) gd.
Set Sail (IRE) 11-1 (9-0) Soon pushed along to track leaders, driven over 2f out, soon hung right under pressure, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 10, 6l behind Orizaba (9-0) at Goodwood 7f 2yo Grp 2 (1) gf in Jul.
Skanky Biscuit 5-1 (9-3) Steadied start, held up in midfield, headway over 1f out, chased leader final furlong, stayed on to lead final strides, won at Newbury 1m 2yo mdn (4) gs beating Bothy (9-3) by a hd, 15 ran.
Sri Putra 9-2 (9-3) Led, headed over 2f out, hampered over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 8th of 24, 4l behind Donativum (9-3) at Newmarket 7f 2yo aut (2) gf.
Weald Park (USA) 11-8fav (9-0) Led, headed just over 2f out, last over 1f out, rallied inside final furlong to regain 2nd post, 2nd of 4, 1/2l behind Rileyskeepingfaith (9-0) at Ascot 7f 2yo stk (2) gs.