Premio Loco won a conditions stakes at Newmarket before finishing fourth in a Group 2 at Goodwood. The nine-year-old was well behind the consistent Gabrial in the Summer Mile at Ascot earlier, however, and is unlikely to reverse that form here with Richard Fahey's charge, who was third in this grade at York last time. Highland Knight finished ahead of Gabrial at Chester in May but that was over 1m2f while Nine Realms steps out of handicap company so we'll concentrate on the three-year-olds with MONTIRIDGE fancied to confirm Goodwood running with Tawhid and Glory Awaits, despite carrying a penalty. The Hannon colt had a bit in hand and still appears to be on an upward curve. Hay Dude takes a big step up in class but is a tough sort who could run well at a big price.
Gabrial (IRE) 9-1 (9-5) Edgy in stalls, took keen hold, held up in rear, headway over 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, edged left and squeezed through to 3rd inside final furlong, no impression, 3rd of 7, 3l behind City Style (9-5) at York 1m 1f Grp 3 (1) gs in Aug.
Highland Knight (IRE) 6-1 (9-0) Tracked leader until ridden 2f out, lost 3rd well over 1f out, soon weakened, 4th of 6, 12l behind Afsare (9-0) at Salisbury 1m Grp 3 (1) gd in Aug.
Nine Realms 9-2 (9-8) Quickly away, made all, ridden and strongly pressed 1f out, stayed on to assert final 100 yards, held on well, won at Ascot 1m hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Aug beating Famous Poet (9-9) by 3/4l, 10 ran.
Premio Loco (USA) 12-1 (9-1) Took keen hold early, led 2f, tracked leader, every chance 2f out, chased winner disputing 2nd inside final furlong, no impression when lost 2nd final 50 yards, 4th of 8, 2 3/4l behind Afsare (9-1) at Goodwood 1m Grp 2 (1) gd in Aug.
Montiridge (IRE) 5-6fav (9-0) Held up in rear, smooth headway over 2f out, chased leader over 1f out, led inside final furlong, quickened clear, easily, won at Goodwood 1m 3yo Grp 3 (1) gd in Aug beating Tawhid (9-0) by 1 1/4l, 7 ran.
Anna's Pearl 16-1 (9-2) 10th of 12, 26l behind Havana Gold (9-2) at Chantilly(FR) 1m 3yo Grp 1 (1) sft in Jun.
Glory Awaits (IRE) 7-1 (9-0) Led, hard ridden when strongly challenged over 2f out, headed over 1f out, staying on when hampered entering final furlong, no extra, 4th of 7, 5l behind Montiridge (9-0) at Goodwood 1m 3yo Grp 3 (1) gd in Aug.
Hay Dude 5-1 (9-6) Held up in mid-division, hneadway over 2f out, chased leaders 2f out, driven and stayed on same pace over 1f out, 5th of 14, 8l behind Short Squeeze (8-3) at York 1m 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gs in Aug.
Tawhid 5-2 (8-12) With leader, every chance well over 1f out, no extra closing stages, 3rd of 5, 2 3/4l behind Gregorian (9-3) at Newbury 7f Grp 2 (1) gd in Aug.
Top Notch Tonto (IRE) 8-1 (9-1) Close up, led 2f out, ridden and pressed inside final furlong, headed post, 2nd of 8, shd behind Breden (8-6) at Newmarket 1m 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gf in Aug.