HIDDEN GLORY can land this prize although Kensei and Raktiman are likely to give him plenty to think about. There was plenty of support at Sandown for him and that race, in which he finished third, looks to be chock full of future winners. Kensei won a Sandown maiden with something to spare and has shown improved form to a switch to fast ground. Raktiman looked the sort to improve for being sent handicapping and the cheekpieces might just settle him down a little as he has tended to run a little too freely in the opening stages. Hierarch is noted in the market for any signs of confidence. Solicitor ran lamentably at Kempton when a well supported favourite and has not shown a great deal on the turf thus far. Hidden Glory faces weaker opposition this evening and he can take the opportunity to gain some due compensation.
Hidden Glory 7-1 (8-11) Tracked leader, led narrowly over 4f out, kept advantage until headed final 100 yards, soon no extra in 3rd, 3rd of 8, 1 1/4l behind Beachfire (9-7) at Sandown 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Kensei (IRE) 7-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, joined leader going well over 2f out, shaken up to lead over 1f out, ridden clear, won at Sandown 1m 2f 3yo mdn (5) gf in Jun beating Out Of Eden (9-3) by 2 3/4l, 15 ran.
Strong Vigilance (IRE) 6-1 (8-9) Took keen hold, tracked winner, pushed along 4f out, lost 2nd and weakened under pressure quickly over 2f out, last of 8, 32l behind Aattash (8-12) at Goodwood 1m 1f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Jun.
Solicitor 13-8fav (9-6) Dwelt, mid division on inside, pushed along halfway, ridden and struggling soon after, 11th of 13, 14l behind Shamir (9-6) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Jun.
Hierarch (IRE) 5-2 (9-3) In touch, lost place 3f out, ridden and headway 1f out, ran on, unable to trouble winner, 2nd of 12, 1 3/4l behind Pirate Coast (9-3) at Warwick 7f 3yo & 4yo mdn (5) gf.
If I Were A Boy (IRE) 11-1 (9-1) Tracked leaders, under pressure over 3f out, soon lost place, 7th of 9, 11l behind On Her Way (9-2) at Windsor 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Sir William Orpen 20-1 (9-0) Took keen hold, held up last, hung left and wide on bend 4f out, ridden 2f out, some modest headway, 9th of 14, 9l behind Honest Broker (9-2) at Kempton 7f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Jun.
Raktiman (IRE) 14-1 (9-11) In touch, pushed along and progress over 2f out, chased winner 2f out, ridden and hung left from over 1f out, no impression, 2nd of 10, 1 1/2l behind Under Fire (9-10) at Bath 1m 2f hcp 0-65 (6) fm.
Amends (USA) 15-2 (8-13) Steadied start, held up in rear, steady headway towards inside over 2f out, switched left soon after, stayed on under pressure to take 2nd final 100 yards, no impression on winner, 2nd of 14, 2 1/2l behind Explorator (9-3) at Lingfield 1m 1f 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) fm.
Whiepa Snappa (IRE) 7-2 (8-7) Chased leaders, ridden and every chance when hampered carried badly right and lost momentum over 1f out, soon ridden and stayed on, 3rd and one pace towards finish, not recover, 3rd of 7, 2 1/2l behind Celestial Girl (8-7) at Brighton 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) fm.