CAPTAIN CAT has always gone well fresh in the past so it's a surprise to see him running just nine days after landing a Group 3 at Salisbury. However, he was so impressive that day that he's given the nod to follow up. Three-year-olds have a good record and Hors De Combat is greatly feared after just being caught by Wannabe Better in a Group 3 over the course and distance. There's more to come from him and has to be a threat. Master Carpenter is another of the younger brigade with a fine chance, especially if there is plenty of give in the ground. He landed a Listed contest and a Group 3 before finding the step up to this level just beyond him in France last time. He was behind Bow Creek in a Newbury handicap earlier but was conceding 8lb and can turn the tables on the revised terms. Chil The Kite is generally beaten at this level but it's probably not the strongest Group 2 ever so he can get competitive again.
Belgian Bill 8-1 (9-5) Held up in mid-division on inside, not clear run briefly over 2f out, headway 2f out, edged right under pressure and ran on inside final furlong, finished well on heels of leaders, 5th of 17, 3/4l behind Red Avenger (8-13) at Goodwood 1m hcp (2) gf.
Captain Cat (IRE) 11-2 (9-0) Held up in 6th, smooth headway on outside over 2f out, quickened to lead approaching final furlong, pushed clear carried head high and edged right inside final furlong, ran on strongly, eased near finish, won at Salisbury 1m Grp 3 (1) gf beating Producer (9-0) by 2 1/2l, 7 ran.
Chil The Kite 4-1 (9-5) Took keen hold, raced alone towards near side and prominent, taken towards main group 3f out, outpaced over 2f out and soon beaten, 5th of 6, 8l behind Breton Rock (9-5) at Newbury 7f Grp 2 (1) gs.
Emell 33-1 (9-4) Took keen hold tracking leaders, pushed along 3f out, weakened well over 1f out, 7th of 10, 6l behind Custom Cut (9-4) at Windsor 1m Listed stks (1) gs in Jun.
Producer 8-1 (9-5) Tracked leader in main group, pushed along and lost 2nd over 2f out, soon weakened quickly and eased, tailed off, last of 6, 25l behind Breton Rock (9-5) at Newbury 7f Grp 2 (1) gs.
Bow Creek (IRE) 4-1 (9-1) Held up in last pair, closed on outside over 3f out, not clear run over 2f out, switched left well over 1f out, ridden and kept on same pace inside final furlong, went 3rd final 100 yards, never going pace of leading duo, 3rd of 6, 4l behind Wannabe Yours (9-1) at Goodwood 1m 3yo Grp 3 (1) gf.
Hors De Combat 9-2 (9-1) Held up in rear, switched left and headway on outside over 2f out, led immediately hung badly right and hampered rivals inside final 2f, ridden inside final furlong, headed and not pace of winner final strides, 2nd of 6, nk behind Wannabe Yours (9-1) at Goodwood 1m 3yo Grp 3 (1) gf.
Master Carpenter (IRE) 7-1 (8-11) 3rd of 6, 4 1/2l behind Western Hymn (8-11) at Maisons-Laffitte(FR) 1m 2f 3yo Grp 2 (1) gs in Jul.
What About Carlo (FR) 4-1 (9-7) In touch, ridden and headway over 1f out, stayed on one pace, lost 3rd near finish, 4th of 7, 7l behind Torchlighter (8-12) at Newmarket 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gd in Jul.