Expect ALPINE STORM to deliver a front-running effort in the style of so many from his yard in what looks a tricky puzzle to solve. However, he comes here just five days after being inched out at Musselburgh and the Johnson horses regularly seem to thrive on that type of busy schedule, often impressing when reappearing after a short break. Trip and track should suit and he gets the nod. Approach The West is unexposed and worth a check in the market whilst Russian Royale doesn't have many miles on the clock for a four-year-old filly and shaped well last time when third to Dubai Hadeia. Connections presumably mean business with Moore booked. Killing Time has yet to sparkle in three starts this term but is too early to give up on having dropped to an attractive mark, whilst the gallant Starwatch and consistent Bayleyf are also noted in a tricky finale.
Starwatch 5-1 (9-0) Led, ridden and edged left 2f out, headed over 1f out, rallied inside final furlong, led again towards finish, won at Windsor 1m hcp 0-90 (3) gs beating Ree's Rascal (9-8) by 3/4l, 8 ran.
Tatting 11-1 (9-10) Tracked leaders on inside, weakened over 3f out, soon behind, tailed off, 7th of 8, 38l behind Mazaaher (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-85 (4).
Lunar Deity 33-1 (8-11) Held up towards rear, effort over 1f out, kept on same pace, 7th of 10, 7l behind Kakatosi (9-10) at Newmarket 7f hcp 0-85 (4) sft.
Russian Royale 6-1 (9-7) Held up in touch, smooth headway over 4f out, chased winner over 1f out, no extra closing stages, 3rd of 9, 1 3/4l behind Dubai Hadeia (9-3) at Newmarket 1m 2f fll hcp (5) gf in Jul.
Whitby Jet (IRE) 3-1 (9-9) Slowly into stride, held up in last trio, ridden and beaten 2f out, 5th of 7, 12l behind Secular Society (9-13) at Brighton 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jul.
Killing Time (IRE) 7-1 (9-0) Held up in rear, ridden over 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, never on terms with leaders, 5th of 10, 4l behind Bombardment (9-0) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Alpine Storm (IRE) 7-4fav (9-6) Raced keenly, led, headed narrowly 2f out, ridden over 1f out, rallied to regain narrow lead well inside final furlong, headed final strides, 2nd of 6, hd behind In Focus (9-4) at Musselburgh 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Approach The West (IRE) 3-1 (9-7) Chased leading pair, pushed along over 3f out, ridden and weakened inside final 2f, 7th of 9, 14l behind Alquimia (9-0) at Haydock 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Apr.
Bayleyf (IRE) 7-1 (9-12) Led and raced keenly, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, rallied and closed on idling winner near finish, always just held, 2nd of 7, 1/2l behind Mister Mayday (9-3) at Windsor 1m hcp 0-70 (5) sft.
Young Dottie 8-1 (9-0) Held up, ridden over 2f out, not trouble leaders, 5th of 7, 4 1/2l behind Cherry Princess (8-9) at Epsom Downs 1m 2f app hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jul.
Exclusive Waters (IRE) 6-1 (9-10) Slowly into stride, held up in rear, pushed along halfway, driven along on outside and headway over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, went 3rd near finish, not reach leading duo, 3rd of 7, 1 1/4l behind Mister Mayday (9-3) at Windsor 1m hcp 0-70 (5) sft.
Darting 10-1 (9-4) Led 2f, pressed winner, ridden and every chance over 1f out until inside final furlong, no extra, 4th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Inevitable (9-2) at Nottingham 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jul.