Laffan trounced Famous Poet at Doncaster last month but the runner-up enjoys a 10lb turnaround in the weights and his stable is starting to emerge from the doldrums. Fire Ship is a model of consistency and only went down by a short-head on his reappearance at Windsor while Sholaan is progressive and should be capable of building on his comfortable victory in a Wolverhampton maiden. Dutch Old Master has a lot more to do than when winning on debut at Lingfield, however, while Van Ellis and Prince Alzain were both a little disappointing last time. MOON PEARL was highly tried after winning on debut at Ascot last year and didn't enjoy the soft ground on his reappearance at Ascot, though still finished ahead of Crown Dependency. Ralph Beckett's gelding will have come on for the run and the handicapper has given him a chance today in first-time blinkers.
Van Ellis 8-1 (9-0) Tracked leader, ridden and every chance over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 7, 6l behind Aljamaaheer (9-0) at Newmarket 7f Listed stks 3yo (1) gf in May.
Crown Dependency (IRE) 16-1 (9-4) Held up and always in last pair, struggling final 3f, never a factor, 8th of 9, 23l behind Sovereign Debt (8-12) at Ascot 7f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) sft in May.
Moon Pearl (USA) 10-1 (9-7) Chased leaders 5f, 7th of 9, 19l behind Sovereign Debt (8-12) at Ascot 7f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) sft in May.
Semayyel (IRE) 20-1 (8-9) Led narrowly 2f, with leader, ridden inside final 2f, lost place over 1f out, stayed on to go 3rd well inside final furlong, no chance with front pair, 3rd of 4, 18l behind Sentaril (8-10) at Doncaster 7f con stks (3) gs in May.
Compton 5-2 (9-0) Chased leading pair on inside, ridden over 2f out, weakened well over 1f out, 5th of 6, 13l behind Graphic (9-0) at Kempton 7f Conditions Stakes (2yo) (4) pol in Sep.
Prince Alzain (USA) 11-1 (9-0) Steadied soon after start, pulled hard close up in last place, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 5, 16l behind Thought Worthy (9-0) at Newmarket 1m 2f Listed stks 3yo (1) gf in May.
Alejandro (IRE) 25-1 (8-8) Tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, weakened final furlong, 12th of 16, 6l behind Mince (9-0) at Newmarket 6f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gf in May.
Sholaan (IRE) 6-4fav (9-1) Made all, edged left and then right inside final furlong (shying away from whip), ran on well, comfortably, won at Wolverhampton 7f mdn stks (5) pol in May beating Curzon Line (9-1) by 2 1/2l, 10 ran.
Famous Poet (IRE) 13-8fav (9-7) In touch, ridden and headway over 1f out, soon chased winner, kept on one pace, 2nd of 14, 4 1/2l behind Laffan (8-8) at Doncaster 7f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd in May.
Laffan (IRE) 9-1 (8-8) Made all, ridden and ran on final furlong, won at Doncaster 7f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd in May beating Famous Poet (9-7) by 4 1/2l, 14 ran.
Dutch Old Master 9-1 (9-0) Took keen hold, chased leaders, ridden to lead inside final furlong, driven out to hold on near finish, all out, won at Lingfield 7f mdn stks (5) pol in May beating Periphery (9-0) by ns, 13 ran.
Fire Ship 4-1 (9-0) Went left start, led, ridden over 2f out, headed final stride, 2nd of 6, shd behind Takeitfromalady (8-12) at Windsor 1m 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) sft in May.
Dissent (IRE) 20-1 (9-3) Dwelt held up, effort over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 12th of 14, 17l behind Laffan (8-8) at Doncaster 7f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd in May.
Sheikh The Reins (IRE) 9-1 (9-4) Held up in rear, ran slightly wide on bend over 5f out, ridden over 2f out, edged left over 1f out, no impression, 8th of 10, 12l behind Xinbama (9-1) at Haydock 7f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gf in May.
My Sharona 11-1 (9-4) Raced stands side held up, headway 2f out, led stands side group inside final furlong, ran on, lost 2nd post, 3rd of 16, 1l behind Burke's Rock (9-5) at Newmarket 1m 3yo fll hcp 0-75 (5) gf in May.