Bluie, Slice and Layla's Hero are the trio to look at in a typically difficult nursery where there is some good form on offer, with BLUIE given the vote to justify his long trek south. Having run well in a very hot maiden by Bath standards, Slice made no mistake with a taking performance at Chepstow recently. He is difficult to assess but is clearly talented and progressive and looks sure to play a part. Layla's Hero is a stablemate of the selection, and he made up for a tardy start at Thirsk to win nicely at Hamilton subsequently. He is another progressive type, but his form does not look quite as strong as some of his rivals. Jockey bookings suggest Bluie is the stable's second string, but he has been running well of late. He was outpointed by a speedy type in a York seller, before running out a decisive winner in similar grade last time. He gets in at a featherweight and Bluie can take full advantage.
Avonrose 13-2 (8-9) Chased leaders on outside, pushed along halfway, weakened over 2f out, last of 6, 25l behind Duplicity (9-0) at Newbury 6f 2yo lst stk (1) sft in Jul.
Antonius Moris (IRE) 11-4 (9-7) Led, ridden and headed 1f out, kept on towards finish, just held, 2nd of 5, nk behind Ginger Ted (7-13) at Nottingham 6f 2yo hcp (5) hvy in Jul.
Palisades Park 16-1 (8-10) Mid-division, ridden halfway, never troubled leaders, 13th of 20, 8l behind Monsieur Chevalier (8-12) at Newbury 5f 2yo aut (2) gs in Jul.
Florio Vincitore (IRE) 9-2 (9-2) Chased leaders in 4th, ridden to chase winner over 1f out, stayed on, 2nd of 6, 3/4l behind Virginia Hall (8-11) at Southwell 6f 2yo nov stks (5) fbs in Jul.
Dubai Set 10-11fav (9-3) Prominent, led over 1f out, ridden, kept on, headed towards finish, 2nd of 15, 3/4l behind Dark Eyes (8-12) at Bath 6f 2yo mdn aut (6) gd in Jul.
Ballodair (IRE) 15-8 (9-6) Chased leaders, led 2f out, ridden and headed 1f out, no chance with winner, 2nd of 5, 6l behind Colonel Mak (9-2) at Hamilton 6f 2yo hcp (4) gd in Jul.
Slice (IRE) 4-1fav (9-3) Always prominent, ridden 2f out, soon switched left, led 1f out, ran on, won at Chepstow 6f 2yo mdn (5) gf in Jul beating Red Badge (9-3) by 1/2l, 13 ran.
Running Mate (IRE) 9-4fav (9-3) Tracked leaders, led over 1f out, soon clear, eased towards finish, won at Nottingham 6f 2yo mdn (5) hvy in Jul beating Jamarjo (9-3) by 2 3/4l, 6 ran.
Leleyf (IRE) 100-1 (8-5) Went right start, held up, never troubled leaders, 10th of 20, 8l behind Monsieur Chevalier (8-12) at Newbury 5f 2yo aut (2) gs in Jul.
Coolree Star (IRE) 33-1 (8-12) Went right start, tracked leader, ridden and every chance from over 1f out, soon driven along, all out and led post, won at Yarmouth 6f 2yo sll (6) gs in Jul beating Jessica Hayllar (8-7) by ns, 9 ran.
Layla's Hero (IRE) 5-1 (8-11) In touch, ridden to lead over 1f out, ran on, readily (hand timed), won at Hamilton 5f 2yo mdn aut (5) gf in Jul beating Clever Molly (8-4) by 2 1/2l, 7 ran.
Pintura 20-1 (9-3) Chased leaders on outside until weakened inside final 2f, 7th of 11, 11l behind Trailblazing (9-3) at Ascot 6f 2yo mdn (3) gd in Jul.
Bluie 9-4fav (8-11) Made all, ridden over 1f out, in command final furlong, ran on well, won at Haydock 6f 2yo sll (4) gd in Jul beating Maoi Chinn Tire (8-11) by 2l, 12 ran.
The Shuffler 25-1 (9-1) Held up in touch on outer, ridden and weakened 2f out, 5th of 9, 6l behind Yer Woman (9-7) at Sandown 5f 2yo hcp (5) gf in Jul.