RADIOHEAD may have lost the race at York last time out in the Nunthorpe but he gained plenty of respect and Brian Meehan's talented colt can see out this longer trip to get back into the winners' enclosure; the main danger may be Awzaan who comes here defending an unblemished record. The selection won the Norfolk Stakes on his third run when seeing off Reignier by a comfortable couple of lengths. He was then given a break before running a gallant third in the Nunthorpe against older battle-hardened horses. The way that he stayed on there lends one to feel that this extra furlong will not pose any problems and with Jamie Spencer back on board he is fancied to take all the beating. Angel's Pursuit bounced back to form at Doncaster last time but this step back up in grade demands further improvement, so a bigger threat is likely to be Awzaan. He has been off since demolishing a decent field at Newmarket and this son of Alhaarth is only likely to improve with age and racing. His dam was a prolific winner and this fellow looks like being no different, especially when he steps up further in trip. Colonel Mak is a decent sprinter but he has a length to find with Angel's Pursuit, Stargaze finished in front of Angel's Pusuit at Bath in July and has since been a gallant third in a Group Two at Goodwood, whilst Wisecraic has a bit to find on a form line with him via Dick Turpin but may find this smaller field in his favour. Quarrel completes the line-up; pilot Michael Hills thinks quite a bit of this colt and he deserves this step up in grade. However his supporters may be left high and dry as it is class act Radiohead who can creep home in front.
Radiohead 9-2 (8-1) Dwelt, in rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, ran on to take 3rd post, 3rd of 16, 1 1/2l behind Borderlescott (9-11) at York 5f stks (1) gf in Aug.
Angel's Pursuit (IRE) 11-2 (8-13) Took keen hold early, held up behind leaders, headway to lead 1f out, ridden and ran on well, won at Doncaster 6f 2yo stks (2) gf beating Roodle (8-8) by 3/4l, 8 ran.
Awzaan 9-1 (9-1) Held up in rear, headway when not clear run and switched left over 1f out, ridden to lead entering final furlong, soon clear, won at Newmarket 6f 2yo stk (2) gd in Jul beating Amary (8-10) by 5l, 10 ran.
Colonel Mak 9-2 (8-11) Held up in rear, stayed on strongly inside final furlong, finished well, never nearer, 3rd of 8, 1l behind Angel's Pursuit (8-13) at Doncaster 6f 2yo stks (2) gf.
Quarrel (USA) 2-1 (9-1) Quickly away, made all, pushed along over 1f out, ran on well, won at Chester 6f 2yo stks (2) gf in Aug beating Atlantis Star (9-1) by 1l, 3 ran.
Stargaze (IRE) 20-1 (9-0) Chased leaders on outside, with winner driven and every chance approaching final furlong, kept on well until outpaced final 100 yards, lost 2nd final strides, 3rd of 9, 3 1/2l behind Dick Turpin (9-0) at Goodwood 6f 2yo stks (1) gd in Jul.
Wisecraic 6-1 (9-2) Mid-division, went moderate 5th under 2f out, soon no impression under pressure, kept on without threatening into 4th inside final furlong, 4th of 16, 7l behind Dick Turpin (9-7) at Fairyhouse 6f 2yo stk sft in Aug.