With so many progressive and lightly-raced types engaged, it's a tough one to fathom but RETIREMENT PLAN did everything right when landing his maiden at Doncaster and hasn't been hit too hard by the assessor so gets the vote. Northern Meeting was sent to Catterick to lose his maiden tag and he did it nicely and there's much more to come while Silver Dixie looked full of promise at Newmarket though that was on fast ground. Double Discount couldn't quite hold Enzaal at Chester but was conceding 7lb and a stronger gallop would have aided his cause so he looks a threat despite a big weight. Goodwood Mirage won here in June and was by no means disgraced in a strong Newmarket handicap subsequently.
Goodwood Mirage (IRE) 8-1 (8-13) In rear, progress 4f out, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on towards finish, 4th of 15, 7l behind Maputo (9-5) at Newmarket 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gf in Jul.
Statutory (IRE) Evensfav (9-3) Tracked leaders early, soon in rear and in touch, went 2nd over 6f out, led over 3f out, ridden out towards finish, won at Hamilton 1m 3f mdn stks (5) gf in Jul beating Bomber Thorn (9-3) by hd, 5 ran.
Retirement Plan : 11-2 (8-13) Chased leader, led 3f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on well, won at Doncaster 1m 4f mdn stks (4) gf in Jun beating Shwaiman (8-13) by 2l, 9 ran.
Couloir Extreme (IRE) 5-4fav (9-8) Tracked leaders, went 2nd over 3f out, led 3f out, driven clear final furlong, won at Windsor 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Jun beating Yul Finegold (9-7) by 1 1/4l, 9 ran.
Shamaheart (IRE) 11-8fav (9-1) Tracked leader, led 2f out, ridden and ran on, won at Epsom Downs 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jul beating Jullundar (9-1) by 2 1/2l, 5 ran.
Empiricist (IRE) 14-1 (8-13) In touch, weakened 2f out, 7th of 8, 12l behind Goodwood Mirage (9-1) at Goodwood 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Jun.
Northern Meeting (IRE) 10-11fav (8-9) Held up towards rear and keen, headway 3f out, led over 1f out, soon clear, won at Catterick 1m 4f mdn auc stks (5) gf in Jul beating Saffron Town (9-13) by 5l, 8 ran.