PURPLE LANE is almost certain to improve on his comeback third at Newmarket and is less exposed than the majority of rivals in this. He can get the better of Haydock fourth Ghosting and On Demand, who looks very one-paced and hasn't raced since an expensive flop at Southwell in March. Sweet P has an even longer absence to overcome while Shimba Hills has had plenty of chances. Tullia has plenty of form on soft ground so has to be a danger, however, if you overlook a shocking effort last time at Windsor.
Tullia (IRE) 5-1fav (9-2) Led, ridden and headed over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 12, 16l behind Rekdhat (9-5) at Windsor 1m flls hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Jul.
Ghosting (IRE) 11-2 (9-5) Held up in rear, ridden over 1f out, one pace and no impression, 4th of 6, 4l behind Elsiniaar (9-13) at Haydock 1m mdn stks (5) gf in Jul.
Shimba Hills 16-1 (8-5) Took keen hold close up, ridden 2f out, weakened final furlong, last of 6, 8l behind Munaaser (9-3) at Newmarket 1m 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gf in Jul.
Purple Lane (IRE) 16-1 (9-5) Mid-division, headway 3f out, ridden over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, not trouble leaders, 3rd of 10, 7l behind Marmoom (9-5) at Newmarket 7f 3yo mdn (5) gf in Jul.
On Demand 1-2fav (8-8) Led, headed over 2f out, ridden and soon switched right, kept on same pace, 3rd of 6, 9l behind Cloverdale (9-9) at Southwell 7f mdn stks (5) fbs in Mar.
Sweet P 8-1 (9-3) Pressed leader, pushed along and chance 2f out, soon ridden and lost 2nd, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 9, 6l behind Constantine (9-7) at Lingfield 7f 2yo hco 0-75 (5) pol in Nov.
Distant High 8-1 (8-13) Held up in last pair, driven to chase leaders over 2f out, soon ridden and one pace, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 7, 6l behind Penny's Boy (9-5) at Ffos Las 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jul.