Noble Alan has to give plenty of weight to a trio of improving three-year-olds that includes Bayan and Pistol. Both were placed on their latest starts and look sure to be in the mix but STAR FOR LIFE makes more appeal. The half-brother to a multiple Grade 1 winner in America stepped up on his Polytrack debut effort to finish runner-up at Chester last time behind a well-regarded Ballydoyle inmate and further progress is expected. Fleeting Image wasn't far behind the selection at Chester and should go well again but the remainder look up against it.
Noble Alan (GER) 6-1 (10-0) Held up mid-division, smooth headway to track leaders over 4f out, challenged going well over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on and every chance final furlong, held towards finish, 3rd of 10, 1l behind Calico Cat (9-7) at Thirsk 1m 4f mdn stks (5) gs in May.
Stock Hill Fair 18-1 (10-0) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 10, 14l behind Sir John Hawkwood (8-13) at Windsor 1m 2f mdn auc stks (5) sft in May.
Taigan (FR) 33-1 (11-5) With leader, jumped left 2nd, headed approaching 4th, no extra when not fluent last, weakened flat, 7th of 12, 13l behind Heather Royal (11-5) at Huntingdon 2m nov hdl (4) gs in Jan.
Big Time Billy (IRE) 14-1 (9-9) Slowly away, in rear, outpaced over 4f out, plugged on inside final furlong, no impression, 5th of 9, 12l behind Gabrial The Hero (8-11) at Haydock 1m 4f mdn stks (5) gf in May.
Dawn Gale (IRE) 7-2 (8-12) Close up on outside, weakened over 4f out, tailed off, 9th of 13, 25l behind Blaise Chorus (8-12) at Kempton 1m 2f mdn fll (5) pol in Aug.
Badea 11-2 (9-3) Never travelled, always towards rear, tailed off, 12th of 13, 32l behind Father of Science (9-3) at Chester 1m 2f 3yo mdn (4) sft in May.
Bayan (IRE) 3-1 (9-3) Close up, outpaced over 3f out, ridden and headway over 1f out, stayed on to go 3rd inside final furlong, not trouble leaders, 3rd of 15, 3 1/2l behind Circus Mondao (9-3) at Newmarket 1m 2f 3yo mdn (5) gf in May.
Hard Road 40-1 (9-3) Always towards rear, 13th of 15, 36l behind Opinion (9-3) at Windsor 1m 2f 3yo mdn (5) sft in Apr.
Pistol (IRE) Evensfav (8-11) Held up towards rear, headway 4f out, chased leaders when not much room over 3f out, ridden to challenge when edged left 2f out, led briefly over 1f out, hung left and rider dropped whip inside final furlong, kept on, 2nd of 10, 1/2l behind New Youmzain (8-11) at Thirsk 1m 4f mdn stks (5) gs in May.
Reigns Of Glory (IRE) 16-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, ridden 3f out, weakened final furlong, 8th of 15, 21l behind Anomaly (9-3) at Newmarket 1m 2f 3yo mdn (5) gf in May.
Star For Life (USA) 25-1 (9-3) Held up towards rear, headway under strong pressure and hung left over 1f out, stayed on to 2nd close home, no chance with winner, 2nd of 13, 2 3/4l behind Father of Science (9-3) at Chester 1m 2f 3yo mdn (4) sft in May.
Fleeting Image 8-1 (8-5) Chased leader, led 3f out, ridden and stayed on until headed over 1f out, no impression when lost 2nd close home, 3rd of 13, 3l behind Father of Science (9-3) at Chester 1m 2f 3yo mdn (4) sft in May.