A very competitive handicap in which a number of top yards are represented. Madeed had Pupil and Examiner behind when third over course and distance last month and warrants respect. First Flight won at Newmarket last month and is preferred to Godolphin's other runner, Personal Opinion, while Bureau is a tough sort who was only beaten a neck at Nottingham nine days ago off today's mark. Raise Your Gaze and Good Value have a chance at the weights but it may be worth giving another chance to BLACK SHADOW, who had looked progressive prior to being held up well off the pace over 1m4f here last time.
Sir Jack Layden 16-1 (9-3) Led, pushed along 4f out, headed and looked to lose action over 1f out, heavily eased, last of 3, 30l behind Arod (9-3) at Leicester 1m 2f con stks (3) gf in Jul.
First Flight (IRE) 7-4fav (9-1) In touch, headway over 2f out, joined leader over 1f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, ran on, won at Newmarket 1m 2f hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Jul beating Ajmany (9-9) by nk, 7 ran.
Black Shadow 14-1 (9-5) Took keen hold, towards rear, driven towards outside and not quicken 2f out, beaten when edged right over 1f out, 10th of 13, 17l behind Double Bluff (9-7) at Goodwood 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gf.
Madeed 15-2 (8-8) Took keen hold, well placed tracking leading pair, went 2nd 3f out, driven to lead narrowly entering final furlong, headed final 100 yards, not quicken and lost 2nd close home, 3rd of 14, 1l behind Lyn Valley (8-9) at Goodwood 1m 2f 3yo hcp (2) gf in Jul.
Personal Opinion 12-1 (8-7) Prominent, ridden over 2f out, soon beaten, weakened over 1f out, last of 9, 10l behind Montaly (8-8) at Haydock 1m 4f 3yo hcp (2) gd.
Pupil 16-1 (8-9) Took keen hold, in touch in 5th, headway on outside over 2f out, ridden chasing leaders 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 14, 6l behind Lyn Valley (8-9) at Goodwood 1m 2f 3yo hcp (2) gf in Jul.
Bureau (IRE) 8-1 (9-3) Led, driven over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, ran on, 3rd of 6, hd behind Scallop (9-1) at Nottingham 1m 2f 3yo fll hcp 0-95 (3) gf.
Examiner (IRE) 10-1 (8-5) Held up towards rear, pushed along over 3f out, struggling when hung right 2f out, never involved, 10th of 14, 9l behind Lyn Valley (8-9) at Goodwood 1m 2f 3yo hcp (2) gf in Jul.
Raise Your Gaze 12-1 (9-7) Towards rear, headway over 2f out, led over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, soon weakened, 5th of 10, 6l behind Our Gabrial (9-5) at Ascot 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gd.
The Corsican (IRE) 20-1 (9-1) Close up, ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 5th of 6, 16l behind Hartnell (9-1) at Newmarket 1m 5f 3yo Grp 3 (1) gf in Jul.
Good Value 11-4 (9-1) Tracked leader, hard ridden to challenge well over 1f out, soon every chance, faded final furlong, 4th of 6, 4 1/2l behind Redkirk (9-6) at Ascot 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Jul.