CYFLYMDER has a wonderful attitude for the game and may be able to score again although Swift Gift and Orientalsit Art have more than enough ability to win this. Initially, we were keen to find one to beat Cyflymder but everywhere we looked there were question marks so we ended up coming back to Richard Hannon's filly. She's tough, progressive and is back at her optimum trip. One or two of those have the potential to be better than the horses that she's been meeting and they include Orientialist Art but he has a long absence to overcome. If Swift Gift can reproduce his Ascot form then he would be the one and it may be best to forgive him his latest defeat and opt for Brian Meehan's charge but he will need a career best. Spitfire has been running well enough and may be suited by the longer trip but he hasn't always looked the easiest ride whilst Golden Desert just doesn't win often enough. Classic Descent is entitled to have needed his two runs this year and hails from a yard in form so rates as one of the more interesting runners but we've ended up by coming back to Cyflymder.
Orientalist Art (9-2) 9th of 13, 9l behind Senlis (9-2) at Capannelle(ITY) 1m 3yo Grp 3 gd in Apr '08.
Swift Gift 8-1 (8-12) Raced far side, held up, headway to join leaders that side 3f out, edged left to centre course from 2f out, stayed on same pace final furlong, no chance with stands side leaders, 11th of 29, 7l behind Giganticus (8-12) at Royal Ascot 7f hcp 105 (2) gf in Jun.
Baby Strange 33-1 (9-4) Held up towards rear, no impression when not much room over 2f out, 11th of 15, 7l behind Axiom (9-4) at Goodwood 7f stks 0-95 (2) gd in Jul.
Golden Desert (IRE) 5-1fav (10-9) Held up, headway over 2f out, edged right final furlong, chased winner inside final furlong, kept on, easily held, 2nd of 16, 4 1/2l behind Castles In The Air (9-12) at Ascot 7f ladys hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Jul.
Masai Moon 16-1 (8-11) Raced wide in touch, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 14th of 15, 16l behind Jeninsky (8-8) at Newmarket 7f hcp 105 (2) gd.
Cyflymder (IRE) 6-1 (9-5) Held up in touch, led well over 1f out, soon ridden, headed well inside final furlong, kept on, 2nd of 7, nk behind Tiger Reigns (8-12) at Haydock 1m 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gf.
Spitfire 8-1 (9-11) Dwelt, held up towards rear, headway and edged right approaching 2f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 6th of 12, 7l behind Sunrise Safari (9-1) at Pontefract 6f hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Jul.
Saucy Brown (IRE) 7-1 (8-11) Chased leaders, pushed along and carried head high 2f out, weakened and eased final furlong, 7th of 15, 7l behind Axiom (9-4) at Goodwood 7f stks 0-95 (2) gd in Jul.
Silver Guest 40-1 (9-5) Slowly away and always in rear, 16th of 17, 16l behind Striking Spirit (9-11) at York 6f hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Jul.
Classic Descent 7-1 (10-0) In touch, switched left 2f out, soon losing place and hampered, 6th of 9, 6l behind Street Power (9-2) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jun.
Beauchamp Viceroy 1-2fav (9-8) Led early, with leader, led over 2f out, shaken up to draw clear over 1f out, easily, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f sell stks (6) pol in Jul beating Northern Desert (10-0) by 10l, 11 ran.