Trail Blaze bids for a hat-trick but is upped in class and unproven on fast ground and it was soft going at Newbury when Forest Row landed his maiden last month. Grey Mirage followed up his win on Polytrack with victory in testing ground at Sandown but Apostle attempts the mile trip for the first time having scored over 7f at Salisbury on his return. Gabrial won a couple of sprints on good to firm going last year and went close over today's distance at Chester last time with Switzerland behind but the speculative vote in a wide-open affair goes to ARCHBISHOP. Brian Meehan's colt had Frog Hollow a couple of lengths behind when beaten only a nose at Newmarket on his reappearance and can go one better with improvement likely.
Lord Ofthe Shadows (IRE) 8-1 (9-6) Held up in touch headway to modest 3rd 2f out, no extra in 4th close home, 4th of 9, 9l behind Sovereign Debt (8-12) at Ascot 7f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) sft.
Hazaz (IRE) 25-1 (8-12) Led, headed 9f out, ridden and unable to quicken when not much room 2f out, soon weakened, last of 8, 23l behind Main Sequence (8-12) at Lingfield 1m 4f 3yo Grp 3 (1) pol.
Switzerland (IRE) 8-1 (9-5) Held up in touch in rear, headway and soon every chance over 1f out, ridden and stayed on, 3rd of 7, 3/4l behind Arnold Lane (9-5) at Chester 1m 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) sft.
Tidentime (USA) 8-1 (9-1) In touch, headway inside final 2f, stayed on to modest 3rd close home, no chance with leading duo, 3rd of 9, 8l behind Sovereign Debt (8-12) at Ascot 7f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) sft.
Archbishop (USA) 7-2 (9-3) Overall leader, ridden over 2f out, hung left to stand side over 1f out, straightened inside final furlong, caught post, 2nd of 11, ns behind Rewarded (8-12) at Newmarket 1m 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gs.
Abishena (IRE) 4-1 (9-1) In touch 5f, 5th of 9, 16l behind Sovereign Debt (8-12) at Ascot 7f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) sft.
Gabrial (IRE) 2-1fav (9-0) Raced wide held up in touch in rear, pushed along from over 3f out, ridden to lead when hung left over 1f out, hung right inside final furlong, headed final strides, 2nd of 7, nk behind Arnold Lane (9-5) at Chester 1m 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) sft.
Apostle (IRE) 11-2 (9-7) Mid-division, pushed along over 4f out, ridden and headway on outside over 3f out, led over 2f out, edged right and pressed from over 1f out, in command towards finish, won at Salisbury 7f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) sft beating Three Am Tour (9-6) by 3/4l, 8 ran.
Frog Hollow 6-1 (9-5) Dwelt in rear, ridden over 2f out, headway over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, not troubled leaders, 3rd of 11, 2 3/4l behind Rewarded (8-12) at Newmarket 1m 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gs.
Chapter Seven 25-1 (9-3) In touch ridden 4f out, no impression, 7th of 14, 17l behind Rougemont (9-3) at Newmarket 1m 2f 3yo aut stk (2) gs in Apr.
Mabaany 5-2fav (9-2) Took keen hold, held up in touch in last pair, headway centre over 2f out, went 2nd well inside final furlong, no impression on winner, outpaced to 3rd close home, 3rd of 6, 2 1/4l behind Cravat (8-13) at Leicester 7f 2yo stks (4) gd in Oct.
Grey Mirage 6-1 (8-7) Made all, ridden 2f out, driven and stayed on well inside final furlong, won going away, unchallenged, won at Sandown 1m 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) hvy in Apr beating Kid Suitor (8-10) by 4l, 6 ran.
Forest Row 9-2 (9-3) Chased leaders, went 2nd over 2f out, led 2f out, stayed on strongly final furlong, readily, won at Newbury 1m 3yo mdn (4) sft in Apr beating Lucanin (9-3) by 2 3/4l, 14 ran.
Wise Venture (IRE) 66-1 (8-12) Prominent, pushed along over 2f out, soon lost place, weakened entering final furlong, 9th of 14, 9l behind Tell Dad (8-12) at Newbury 7f 2yo Grp 3 (1) gf in Oct.
Lucky Henry 9-2 (9-6) Mid-division, headway 2f out, ridden and kept on same pace, 6th of 14, 8l behind Laffan (8-8) at Doncaster 7f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Nemushka 4-1fav (9-1) Dwelt, pushed along and outpaced towards rear, never a factor, 7th of 11, 19l behind Nameitwhatyoulike (8-12) at Doncaster 1m 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) sft in Apr.
Trail Blaze (IRE) 8-1 (8-12) Made all, ridden over 1f out, pressed inside final furlong, just held on near finish, won at Haydock 1m 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gs beating Dance The Rain (9-0) by hd, 7 ran.