NORMAL EQUILIBRIUM was forced wide and never looked likely to justify favouritism at Bath on his second start. On 7lb terms, however, he's expected to reverse that form with Blackdown Spirit while The Taj looks held. Roger Varian's juvenile beat two subsequent winners on his debut at Lingfield and can recoup losses on this more conventional track. Botanic Garden is a reliable sort and can go well, despite top weight, while recent winners Equitania and Barracuda Boy also make some appeal and C&D scorer Secret Look may do better back over 5f.
Botanic Garden 10-1 (9-2) Took keen hold, disputing 3rd on rail, one pace when switched right to rail over 1f out, stayed on towards finish, 3rd of 5, 3l behind Morawij (9-2) at Sandown 5f Listed stks 2yo (1) gd in Jul.
Blackdown Spirit 16-1 (9-2) With leader, slight lead halfway, ridden and joined over 1f out, headed and unable to quicken inside final furlong, lost 2nd final strides, 3rd of 8, 2l behind Liber (9-2) at Bath 5f 2yo nov stk (4) fm in Jul.
The Taj 5-2 (9-5) Chased leaders on inside, hanging left and keeping on same pace when badly hampered inside final furlong, not recover, 6th of 8, 4 1/2l behind Liber (9-2) at Bath 5f 2yo nov stk (4) fm in Jul.
Normal Equilibrium 2-1fav (9-5) Chased leaders on outside, effort on outside and driven over 1f out, hung badly left inside final furlong, no extra, 5th of 8, 4 1/2l behind Liber (9-2) at Bath 5f 2yo nov stk (4) fm in Jul.
Equitania 13-8fav (9-7) Tracked leader, switched right to near side rail 4f out, led going well over 1f out, soon ridden clear, eased close home, won at Lingfield 6f 2yo hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Jul beating Frosted Off (8-12) by 4 1/2l, 7 ran.
Secret Look 9-2 (9-5) Took keen hold, chased winner until 2f out, ridden over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, last of 5, 4l behind Unsinkable (9-2) at Doncaster 6f 2yo nov stk (5) gs in Jul.
Regal Dan (IRE) 9-4fav (9-3) Dwelt, held up in rear, took keen hold, soon tracked leaders, went 3rd over 1f out, soon ridden, weakened inside final furlong, 4th of 5, 9l behind Faithfilly (8-12) at Sandown 5f 2yo mdn (5) sft in Jun.
Barracuda Boy (IRE) 10-3 (9-6) Mid-division, headway to chase leaders over 2f out, led 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on gamely, won at Bath 5f 2yo hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Jul beating Indian Affair (9-6) by 1/2l, 9 ran.
Mandy Layla (IRE) 25-1 (8-9) Led stand side group and overall leader, strongly challenged from over 2f out, headed approaching final furlong, weakened, 14th of 19, 12l behind The Gold Cheongsam (9-7) at Newmarket 6f 2yo fll hcp (2) gd.
Starbotton 13-2 (9-1) Chased leaders, outpaced over 2f out, soon ridden, behind final furlong, last of 7, 8l behind Mayfield Girl (9-5) at York 5f 2yo hcp 0-95 (3) gs in Jul.
Millie N Aire 5-1 (8-7) Pushed along in rear, ridden and headway 2f out, stayed on to go 2nd post, 2nd of 7, 1 1/4l behind Tharawal Lady (9-2) at Haydock 5f 2yo hcp (5) gs in Jul.