KING OF REASON was unlucky to bump into a smart rival last time and can go one place better today at the main expense of Tafawut, Secretive and Layla's Lexi. David Simcock has his horses in great form and this King's Best gelding made a bright start to his three-year-old career with a solid Goodwood second earlier in the month. He enters handicaps on a mark of 79 which looks fair and with this longer trip likely to suit he should run well. Tafawut is held by Layla's Lexi on their run here last month but has since run well in defeat at Goodwood and his jockey is good value for his claim, Secretive continues to give his all in his own funny way and is not to be ignored, whilst Royal Patriot is not to be dismissed as he steps up in trip. On The Cusp represents Michael Jarvis who saddled Sard to beat the selection last time so this gelding is respected, especially as his third to Mighty Clarets at Newcastle was a step in the right direction and it coincided with running on quick ground. Layla's Lexi is 4lb higher than her win here in April but she fared quite well at Newmarket earlier in the month and is not discounted from bottom-weight. A tough handicap to call but the best case can be made for King Of Reason.
King Of Reason 9-4fav (9-3) Held up in touch, headway over 1f out, stayed on well, no chance with winner, 2nd of 11, 2 1/2l behind Sard (8-12) at Goodwood 7f 3yo mdn aut (5) gd.
Tafawut 16-1 (8-9) Took keen hold, held up in touch on inside, not clear run and switched left to wide outside well over 1f out, keeping on same pace when ridden and hung left final furlong, 5th of 10, 2 1/2l behind I'm A Dreamer (8-10) at Goodwood 1m 3yo fll hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Secretive 6-1 (9-2) Went left start, tracked leaders, pressed winner and every chance fom over 1f out, stayed on, always held by winner, 2nd of 10, 3/4l behind One Good Emperor (8-11) at Newmarket 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Royal Patriot (IRE) 20-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, ridden to challenge over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 8, 10l behind Bonheurs Art (8-12) at Ripon 6f 3yo mdn (5) gf.
On The Cusp (IRE) 13-2 (9-3) Towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, one pace, 3rd of 9, 1 3/4l behind Mighty Clarets (8-10) at Newcastle 1m 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Ruler's Honour (IRE) 100-1 (8-7) Took keen hold in mid-division, ridden and one pace final 2f, 7th of 15, 6l behind Huntingfortreasure (8-13) at Thirsk 1m mdn stks (5) gd.
Layla's Lexi 9-1 (8-10) Led 1f, badly hampered soon after, tracked leaders, switched right 2f out, ridden and stayed on to go 2nd inside final furlong, 2nd of 15, 3 1/2l behind Gobama (8-13) at Newmarket 1m 3yo fll hcp 0-75 (5) gf.