Purple 'n Gold was asked to raced alone on the stands' side at Newmarket last time but the tactics proved a dismal failure and he returned a well-beaten odds-on favourite. Better is expected here though he's yet to encounter slow ground so a punt is taken on KING'S MASQUE. He'd made good progress before injury in 2010 with five wins to his name and, after a recent comeback at Windsor, a chance is taken he can return to his best today. Reaction has been well beaten over hurdles since landing a fast ground seller over C&D in May but Marvo won on the Polytrack here in March and has claims on that form. Rock Band looks best of the rest.
Marvo 14-1 (9-0) Raced alone centre, in touch, ridden inside final 2f, no impression from over 1f out, 9th of 14, 13l behind Rough Rock (9-3) at Newmarket 1m app hcp 0-70 (5) gs in Jun.
Reaction 9-2 (8-12) Made all, ridden 2 lengths clear entering final, found extra when challenged inside final furlong, won at Lingfield 1m 2f Selling Stakes (0-75) (3yo+) (6) gf in May beating Dazzling Valentine (9-11) by 1/2l, 3 ran.
Mount Abora (IRE) 8-1 (9-9) Slowly into stide, towards rear, pushed along over 3f out, weakened 3f out, 11th of 12, 24l behind Tis Rock 'n' Roll (9-2) at Yarmouth 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Goodwood Starlight (IRE) 7-1 (9-8) Held up towards rear, ridden 3f out, no impression, 9th of 10, 15l behind Street Secret (8-11) at Epsom Downs 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Jun '11.
King's Masque 6-1 (8-9) Took keen hold, chased leading trio, pushed along over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 6th of 7, 16l behind Eagle Nebula (9-7) at Windsor 1m 2f clm stks (5) sft in Jun.
My Vindication (USA) 25-1 (9-12) Led early, tracked leaders when short of room after 1f, shuffled back over 2f out, not a factor after, 10th of 12, 8l behind Footstepsofspring (9-10) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Purple 'n Gold (IRE) 10-11fav (8-11) Hung right start to race alone stand side, prominent with far side group, ridden and every chance 2f out, weakened final furlong, 4th of 6, 20l behind Purple Affair (8-11) at Newmarket 1m 3yo clm (5) gd in Jun.
Rock Band 8-1 (9-6) Prominent, ridden 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 8, 22l behind Tigers Tale (9-3) at Newbury 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gs in Jun.
You Got The Love 33-1 (8-1) Chased leaders, hampered and pushed wide on 1st turn, reminders over 6f out, soon lost place, tailed off, last of 12, well behind Kiss A Prince (9-13) at Lingfield 1m 4f sell stks (6) pol in Jun.