Justice Day boasts the highest rating after finishing third to Astaire in the Group 1 Middle Park in October but he was engaged to run at York yesterday and it's a matter of conjecture whether he turns up here. The consistent Musical Comedy is at his best with plenty of cut and he'll find today's ground fast enough. Richard Hughes still prefers the latter to stablemate Langavat, however, while Mushir is penalised for last year's Listed win at York. NAADIRR faded in the closing stages of a valuable sales race at Newmarket on his return but showed enough to suggest there was much more to come. Marco Botti's colt gets the vote as Rufford has a bit find with Musical Comedy on latest running and the remainder have even more to do on these terms.
Mushir 3-1 (8-10) In touch, effort on outer over 2f out, ridden to lead narrowly over 1f out, headed final strides, 2nd of 6, hd behind Shifting Power (9-1) at Newmarket 7f (1) gd in Apr.
Justice Day (IRE) 22-1 (9-0) In touch, ridden and headway over 1f out, effort inside final furlong, kept on one pace, 3rd of 10, 2l behind Astaire (9-0) at Newmarket 6f 2yo Grp 1 (1) gs in Oct.
Langavat (IRE) 4-1 (9-2) Switched right to rail after start, held up off the pace in 5th, pushed along and outpaced halfway, switched left inside final 2f, stayed on inside final furlong, went 2nd final stride, no chance with winner, 2nd of 6, 1 1/2l behind Ambiance (9-2) at Sandown 5f Listed stks 2yo (1) gf in Jul.
Major Crispies 33-1 (9-5) Went right start, in rear, never a factor, 10th of 14, 9l behind Ertijaal (9-5) at Lingfield 7f cond stks (2) pol in Apr.
Musical Comedy 2-1fav (9-0) Pressed leader, led over 2f out, ridden and hard pressed entering final furlong, kept on, headed narrowly and no extra final 50 yards, 2nd of 7, nk behind Mick's Yer Man (9-0) at Ascot 6f 3yo lst stk (1) sft in Apr.
Naadirr (IRE) 8-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, ridden and every chance 2f out, stayed on one pace and lost 2nd inside final furlong, 3rd of 13, 3l behind Magnus Maximus (9-5) at Newmarket 6f 3yo aut stk (2) gd in Apr.
No Leaf Clover (IRE) 66-1 (9-0) Steadied start and switched left, keen towards rear, short lived effort on outer over 1f out, 8th of 10, 17l behind Kingman (9-0) at Newbury 7f 3yo Grp 3 (1) gd in Apr.
Rufford (IRE) 5-1 (9-0) Led, headed over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, stayed on under pressure inside final furlong, no impression with front pair, 3rd of 7, 2 1/4l behind Mick's Yer Man (9-0) at Ascot 6f 3yo lst stk (1) sft in Apr.
Wind Fire (USA) 16-1 (9-0) In touch towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, not trouble leaders, 7th of 15, 4l behind Sandiva (9-0) at Newmarket 7f 3yo fll Grp 3 (1) gd in Apr.
Simple Magic (IRE) 12-1 (8-12) Mid-division, ridden over 1f out, soon weakened, last of 12, 10l behind Coral Mist (8-12) at Ayr 6f 2yo fll Grp 3 (1) gs in Sep.