This race won't take much winning and COMRADESHIP is the pick with Royal Etiquette and Harlestone Times worthy of respect. The Dubawi colt does not look out of the ordinary but his Chepstow run reads respectably in relation to others in this contest and granted nominal improvement, he should be up to the task. Royal Etiquette has been short odds on two soft ground starts. The dam is a half-sister to Downhiller so expect to see the step up in trip being in his favour. Harlestone Times does not strike as a particularly sharp juvenile on breeding but the way in which he stayed on at Newmarket suggests that he will be winning soon over this trip. Lovers Causeway is a nicely bred type who is noted in the market. The suspicion is that he is probably going to come into his own next term. Sharrayeen was well touted ahead of a Kempton maiden though failed to deliver. He was far from knocked about and there could be more to come. Loden was easy to back on introduction and ran accordingly. He will make more appeal to us once allotted a handicap mark. Ilston Lord will qualify for a handicap mark. Middle distances will see him at his best. Comradeship is the call.
Comradeship (IRE) 5-1 (9-0) Held up mid-division, headway halfway, soon chasing leaders, ran on inside final furlong, not reached winner, 2nd of 16, 2 1/4l behind Averroes (9-0) at Chepstow 1m 2yo mdn (5) gd in Aug.
Harlestone Times (IRE) 16-1 (9-3) In touch, ridden and edged left over 1f out, stayed on towards finish, 4th of 16, 6l behind Destination Aim (9-3) at Newmarket 7f 2yo mdn aut (4) gd in Aug.
Il Portico 66-1 (9-3) Held up in rear, pushed along halfway, headway over 1f out, never near leaders, 6th of 11, 11l behind Magnus Thrax (9-3) at Chepstow 6f 2yo mdn aut (5) gd in Aug.
Ilston Lord (IRE) 11-2 (8-10) Slowly into stride, behind, pushed along on outer 2f out, stayed on strongly inside final furlong, not quite pace to get competitive, 9th of 12, 6l behind Notorize (9-1) at Goodwood 1m 2yo mdn aut (5) gd in Aug.
Kingspark Boy (IRE) Tillerman gelding out of Malacca.
Loden 40-1 (9-0) Raced centre, held up, headway 3f out, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 14, 13l behind Treble Jig (9-0) at Newmarket 7f 2yo mdn (4) gf in Aug.
Lovers Causeway (USA) Giant's Causeway colt out of Heeremandi.
Oasis Dancer 22-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, headway on inside after 2f, edged left and not quicken over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 11, 9l behind Private Story (9-3) at Sandown 7f 2yo mdn (4) gf in Aug.
Round Won (USA) 20-1 (9-3) Dwelt, always in rear, 15th of 16, 21l behind Destination Aim (9-3) at Newmarket 7f 2yo mdn aut (4) gd in Aug.
Royal Etiquette (IRE) 11-10fav (9-3) Led for 2f, ridden over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 10, 5l behind Royal Box (9-3) at Leicester 6f 2yo mdn (4) sft in Jul.
Sharaayeen 13-8fav (9-3) In touch, raced keenly, pushed along 2f out, not quicken, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 5th of 13, 6l behind Togiak (9-3) at Kempton 1m 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Aug.
State Visit Dr Fong colt out of Saint Ann.
Taliesin 25-1 (9-3) Soon outpaced and lost touch, tailed off from halfway, last of 8, 36l behind Secret Millionaire (8-10) at Chepstow 5f 2yo mdn (5) gf in Aug.
The Mighty Mod (USA) 17-2 (9-0) Slowly into stride, soon pushed along in rear, ridden halfway, weakened and hung left over 1f out, 7th of 8, 13l behind Ishtar Gate (9-0) at Leicester 7f 2yo mdn (4) gf in Jun.