Hamoody must be respected if turned out again but preference is for VICTOIRE DE LYPHAR; Aye Aye Digby, Bagamoyo and Pastoral Player are three others to consider in a wide open Stewards Cup consolation race. Dandy Nicholls has won this race four times in the last decade and his progressive gelding looks to have solid claims of landing a hat-trick of his own. He's up 7lbs following a ready York success, one that came on the back of a similarly efficient Doncaster performance, and appears versatile with regards ground. With a draw of 18 likely to prove helpful he can come home on front. Hamoody has a high draw as he bids to win again stepped up in trip, following a fast-finishing victory on Thursday. This is tougher although the extra furlong will help and he clearly enjoys it here. In all likelihood though a bigger threat may be Aye Aye Digby, a horse whose course and distance record reads 1-4-3. He's slipping to a nice mark and may have a good draw in 27 although time will tell and providing the ground doesn't get too quick he's a threat to all along with Bagamoyo. James Fanshawe's colt has form at Epsom which bodes well for his ability to act here and ran a fine race when second at the July meeting; he's off the same mark here and as an unexposed sort could well go close. Pastoral Player was behind him in 10th at Newmarket but he missed the break and did supremely well to get as close as he did. He's always been highly regarded and seems to have settled down a bit since being gelded, so if his draw isn't a hindrance watch out for a strong late challenge. Olynard isn't discounted under a penalty incurred for a rather taking Chester success as he's still well enough treated and showed that day he doesn't need to run at Windsor to contend, Tiddliwinks made eye-catching late headway behind Hawkeyethenoo just under a week ago but may have traffic problems if similarly outpaced early from stall 1, while Sunrise Safari is drawn in the centre and is back down to his latest winning mark, although predicting this horse is impossible. Lowdown has sound claims on his Hamilton win but has flopped since, Ghostwing is handicapped to beat him but that was in a first-time visor and he hasn't reproduced the effort since, Crimea ran well behind Hamoody yesterday but is a real 5f specialist and Oldjoesaid is handicapped to win but isn't running like a horse about to. As you'd expect this is tight but it should at least serve to give us an indication as to the draw bias ahead of Saturday's feature, however Victoire De Lyphar is progressing well and may be good enough.
Five Star Junior (USA) 9-2 (9-13) Raced center, held up, headway over 1f out, ridden to lead just inside final furlong, driven out, won at Newmarket 5f hcp 0-95 (3) gf beating Rocket Rob (9-10) by hd, 10 ran.
Wildcat Wizard (USA) 7-1 (9-13) Chased leaders on outside, ridden 3f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 9, 13l behind Olynard (9-9) at Chepstow 6f hcp 0-100 (2) gf.
Tiddliwinks 20-1 (9-1) Towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 4th of 20, 1 1/4l behind Hawkeyethenoo (9-0) at York 6f hcp 105 (2) gf.
Victoire De Lyphar (IRE) 9-1 (8-7) Held up mid-division, headway to chase leaders halfway, hard ridden to lead over 2f out, edged left inside final furlong, ran on well, won at York 6f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gd in Jun beating Iver Bridge Lad (9-4) by 1 1/4l, 20 ran.
Sea of Leaves (USA) 33-1 (9-1) Mid-division, ridden and outpaced 2f out, kept on final furlong, no impression, 12th of 20, 4l behind Hawkeyethenoo (9-0) at York 6f hcp 105 (2) gf.
Olynard (IRE) 9-2 (9-9) Slowly into stide, chased leaders, ridden and headway over 1f out, stayed on between horses inside final furlong to lead final 75 yards, edged left, held on, won at Chepstow 6f hcp 0-100 (2) gf beating We Have A Dream (9-8) by hd, 9 ran.
Kellys Eye (IRE) 10-1 (8-13) In touch, ridden halfway, kept on same pace from over 1f out, 7th of 20, 5l behind Fireback (8-1) at Newmarket 6f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gf.
Mac Gille Eoin 11-1 (9-8) Slowly into stride, soon driven to chase leaders, ridden 3f out, stayed on same pace final 2f, never on terms, 6th of 9, 8l behind Olynard (9-9) at Chepstow 6f hcp 0-100 (2) gf.
Oldjoesaid 16-1 (9-1) Slowly into stride, towards rear stands side group, never dangerous, 15th of 16, 24l behind Lowdown (9-0) at Hamilton 6f hcp 105 (2) gs.
Pastoral Player 10-1 (8-13) Very slowly away, behind, stayed on final furlong, 10th of 20, 7l behind Fireback (8-1) at Newmarket 6f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gf.
Bagamoyo 12-1 (8-13) In touch, ridden to challenge over 1f out, pressed winner inside final furlong, ran on, 2nd of 20, 3/4l behind Fireback (8-1) at Newmarket 6f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gf.
Aye Aye Digby (IRE) 20-1 (9-11) Chased leaders, effort just inside final furlong, stayed on same pace, 4th of 9, 2l behind Something (9-13) at Epsom Downs 6f hcp 0-95 (3) gf.
Saucy Brown (IRE) 10-1 (9-7) Held up in rear, pushed along halfway, soon no impression, 10th of 14, 6l behind Hotham (9-6) at York 6f hcp 0-95 (3) gf.
We Have A Dream 3-1fav (9-8) Led, ridden 2f out, soon hard pressed, kept on under pressure inside final furlong, headed final 75 yards, just held, 2nd of 9, hd behind Olynard (9-9) at Chepstow 6f hcp 0-100 (2) gf.
Kerrys Requiem (IRE) 28-1 (9-11) In touch, ridden and weakened over 1f out, last of 10, 9l behind Dever Dream (9-9) at Newmarket 6f flls hcp 0-95 (3) gf.
Lowdown (IRE) 6-1fav (9-6) Mid-division, took closer order halfway, ridden and weakened over 2f out, last of 20, 11l behind Hawkeyethenoo (9-0) at York 6f hcp 105 (2) gf.
Drawnfromthepast (IRE) 33-1 (8-0) Raced center held up in touch, ridden over 1f out, switched right inside final furlong, stayed on near finish, 5th of 19, 2 3/4l behind Masamah (9-1) at Ascot 5f hcap (2) gf.
King's Wonder 7-2 (9-10) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, ridden to chase winner briefly over 1f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 10, 4l behind Joe Packet (8-11) at Ascot 6f hcp 0-90 (3) gf.
Secret Witness 12-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, ridden to challenge over 1f out, kept on and every chance, held near finish, 2nd of 10, nk behind Red Cape (8-10) at Doncaster 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jun.
Ghostwing 8-1 (9-6) Tracked leader, led over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, joined entering final furlong, ran on, headed near finish, 2nd of 7, 3/4l behind Bohemian Melody (9-1) at Kempton 6f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) pol.
Rasaman (IRE) 20-1 (7-13) Soon pushed along in rear, 8th of 12, 7l behind Favourite Girl (8-4) at Ayr 5f hcap (2) sft.
Joseph Henry 25-1 (8-12) Led centre group, ridden over 1f out, no extra and held by stands side group entering final furlong, 5th of 13, 11l behind Jonny Mudball (9-9) at Newcastle 6f hcp 0-100 (2) gf in Jun.
Sunrise Safari (IRE) 8-1 (9-10) In touch, ridden well over 1f out, soon weakened, 8th of 11, 12l behind Stevie Gee (8-6) at Pontefract 6f hcp 0-90 (3) gf.
Crimea (IRE) 12-1 (9-11) Outpaced towards rear far side group, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 10, 11l behind Lucky Numbers (9-6) at Catterick 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gs.
Hamoody (USA) 14-1 (9-5) In rear, effort over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 10th of 13, 15l behind Cornus (8-9) at Folkestone 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jun.
Red Cape (FR) 15-8fav (9-6) Chased leaders, driven and outpaced 3f out, ridden over 1f out, stayed on and every chance inside final furlong, no extra towards finish, 3rd of 7, 1 1/4l behind Beat Baby (9-7) at Redcar 6f hcp 0-85 (4) fm.
Averoo 6-1 (9-12) Slowly into stride, soon outpaced, kept on final furlong, never nearer, 7th of 12, 8l behind Joe Packet (8-12) at Newmarket 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Jun.
Quasi Congaree (GER) 11-2 (9-11) Chased leaders, ridden along 2f out, weakened well over 1f out, 6th of 7, 10l behind Signore Momento (9-2) at Ffos Las 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gs.