There's always the threat of a falsely run race in these small fields especially as none of the trio are committed front-runners. A runner-up in Listed company, CENTURIUS is proven over today's trip and despite a below par effort behind Remote at Ascot last time, Marco Botti's charge gets the vote. Mulakim won a Haydock maiden over a mile on his debut and breeding suggests the Godolphin colt should stay middle-distances while the betting could provide the best clue to the chances of Telescope. Setbacks earlier in the season ruled the Newmarket maiden winner out of runs in both the Dante and the Epsom Derby and, although the recent vibes have been encouraging, today could be the day to take him on as he makes his eagerly awaited but belated return over a trip that may prove to be short of his best.
Centurius 40-1 (9-0) Always in rear, last of 12, 21l behind Remote (9-0) at Royal Ascot 1m 2f 3yo Grp 3 (1) gf in Jun.
Mulakim 4-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, ran green and dripped to rear over 6f out, pushed along over 3f out, headway to press leaders over 1f out, led just inside final furlong, ran on, won at Haydock 1m mdn stks (5) gf beating Disco Inferno (9-3) by 3 1/2l, 4 ran.
Telescope (IRE) 8-13fav (9-0) Took keen hold, tracked leader, led over 1f out, stayed on strongly and pushed clear inside final furlong, easily, won at Newmarket 1m 2yo mdn (4) gd in Sep beating Elkaayed (9-0) by 2 1/4l, 9 ran.