Mark Johnston has some fine chances today and Opera Fan has to be among them after another good run behind Sleeper at Salisbury. Artful Rogue is still a maiden but had a real battle with TALL SHIP over slightly shorter here earlier in the month. The winner was having his first start for Gary Moore that day and has a fine pedigree so he's taken to confirm the form and go in again. Secure Cloud has improved on Polytrack recently though will need to find more, but Lingfield winner Hooded was having only his fourth start when a close third at Ascot and is the type to do better. Mustamir cannot be discounted despite being raised 9lb for his victory at Epsom as he was very impressive and that was his first run over this trip.
Mustamir (IRE) 7-1 (8-13) Held up, headway to lead over 1f out, ran on, eased near finish, won at Epsom Downs 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jul beating Nave (10-0) by 4 1/2l, 5 ran.
Hooded (USA) 8-1 (9-2) 2nd after 1f, led 2f out, ridden and pressed over 1f out, headed entering final furlong, no impression on winner, lost 2nd final 50 yards, 3rd of 10, 2 1/4l behind Trip To Paris (9-7) at Ascot 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Jul.
Tall Ship (IRE) 10-1 (8-6) Tracked leaders, effort on inside 2f out, challenged over 1f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, stayed on well, won at Goodwood 1m 3f 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gf beating Artful Rogue (8-7) by 1 1/2l, 10 ran.
Secure Cloud (IRE) 5-2 (9-7) Tracked leaders, pushed along over 2f out, chased winner over 1f out, kept on towards finish, 2nd of 6, 1/2l behind Leaderene (9-1) at Lingfield 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Opera Fan (FR) 9-4 (8-12) Pressed leader, led after 2f, pushed along over 3f out, ridden and joined 2f out, kept slight advantage until headed entering final furlong and hung right, soon lost 2nd and kept on same pace in 3rd, 3rd of 5, 1 3/4l behind Sleeper (8-12) at Salisbury 1m 4f flls hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Artful Rogue (IRE) Evensfav (9-1) Led, headed over 2f out, soon ridden, stayed on to dispute 2nd from over 1f out, no extra in clear 3rd final 100 yards, 3rd of 7, 5l behind Hoist The Colours (9-1) at Lingfield 1m 5f mdn stks (5) pol.
Cotton Club (IRE) 14-1 (8-12) Held up in rear, pushed along and struggling on outside over 2f out, never a factor, last of 7, 7l behind Prince Of Stars (9-6) at Sandown 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gf.
Gannicus 11-1 (9-4) Held up in touch, headway and every chance over 2f out, one pace final furlong, 4th of 10, 2 1/2l behind Innocent Touch (9-3) at Doncaster 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jun.
Shadows Ofthenight (IRE) 11-1 (8-9) Held up towards rear and in touch, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened, last of 6, 18l behind Maid In Rio (9-7) at Haydock 1m 6f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jul.
Mymatechris (IRE) 11-2 (9-2) Tracked leaders, ridden and weakened over 2f out, 5th of 9, 10l behind Warrigal (9-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5).