Aside from a poor run in the Britannia at Ascot, Maputo is holding his form well and ran out an easy winner at Newmarket last time. He makes more appeal than stablemates Mister Impatience and Alta Lilea but CRUCK REALTA may prove more difficult to beat. Outclassed in the Group 1 Pretty Polly at the Curragh last time, this is more her level and Mick Channon's Newbury Listed winner can go close. Irish raider Hold The Line is given another chance in this grade after a running no sort of race at Leopardstown on his latest start.
Hold The Line (IRE) 8-1 (9-3) Tracked leader and 2nd halfway, disputed briefly and ridden along approaching straight, soon no extra and dropped to rear 2f out, weakened and eased, completely tailed off, last of 7, well behind Dibayani (9-3) at Leopardstown 1m 3f 3yo lst stk (1) gf in Jun.
Maputo 8-1 (9-5) Close up, smooth headway from over 2f out, led approaching final furlong, ridden clear, impressive (new track record), won at Newmarket 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gf beating Red Avenger (9-6) by 6l, 15 ran.
Mister Impatience 14-1 (9-1) Held up mid-division, headway over 3f out, one pace inside final furlong, 4th of 15, 3 1/2l behind Leading Light (9-4) at Royal Ascot 2m 3yo Grp 3 (1) gf in Jun.
Cruck Realta 16-1 (8-12) Mid-division, ridden in 6th 2 1/2f out, soon weakened, last of 9, 12l behind Ambivalent (9-10) at Curragh 1m 2f flls Grp 1 (1) gf in Jun.
Alta Lilea (IRE) 11-1 (9-7) Led, ridden over 1f out, headed entering final furlong, no extra last 100 yards, 2nd of 5, 2 1/4l behind Snowy Dawn (8-3) at Chester 1m 6f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gf.
Alwilda 6-1 (9-1) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, went 2nd inside final furlong, stayed on, no impression on winner, 2nd of 8, 1 3/4l behind Portmonarch (9-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) pol.