None of these can be ruled out with any confidence, but CRAVAT has been keeping good company since winning his debut at Beverley in May. His second in the Brian Yeardley back at the same track sets the standard and the remainder all need to improve to catch up with Mark Johnston's colt. Verbeeck may do so as he won his maiden at Sandown last month and that looks better form than Excelette's recent success at Chester. Winning debutants Al Shaqab and Class Monitor are also worth noting with improvement likely.
Al Shaqab (IRE) 11-10fav (9-3) Close up, effort 2f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, ran green and edged left inside final furlong, held on well, won at Southwell 5f 2yo mdn stks (5) fbs beating Mantuana (8-12) by nk, 6 ran.
Verbeeck 15-8fav (9-3) Chased leaders, led inside final furlong, ran on well, won at Sandown 5f 2yo mdn (5) gs in Jun beating Orders From Rome (9-3) by 3/4l, 10 ran.
Cravat 7-1 (9-5) Soon chased leading pair on outside, ridden 2f out, outpaced when hung left over 1f out, stayed on same pace and no impression final furlong, 4th of 10, 1 1/4l behind Silvas Romana (7-12) at Chester 6f 2yo hcp (4) gd.
Class Monitor 11-4 (8-12) Slowly away, mid-division, headway 3f out, led 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on, won at Beverley 5f 2yo clm (5) gd beating Beechey's Beauty (9-5) by 1 1/2l, 7 ran.
Excelette (IRE) 11-4fav (8-11) Went right start, driven to chase leaders, ridden and headway on outside over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong to lead post, won at Chester 5f 2yo mdn aut (5) gd beating Tahnee Mara (8-11) by hd, 7 ran.