A trappy little affair but interesting nonetheless with some useful individuals on show. ALFATHAA is the tentative suggestion with the blinkers reapplied but official ratings give Cat Junior half a stone in hand of his opponents whilst Igor Protti made a satisfactory reappearance. Alfathaa's season hasn't gone according to plan but he has done enough on a couple of occasions to think that all may not be lost. Those performances coincided with him sporting blinkers which were left off last time when he raced too keenly. He has a bit to prove but, then again, so do most of these. Cat Junior was tailed off in the Juddmonte International and it remains to be seen whether he can recapture his early season form and Igor Protti may prove to be a bigger danger. He ran a pleasing race on his return from a lay-off at Great Leighs and could find further improvement for the fitting of a visor. It would be remiss not to mention Acclaimed and Yaddree. The former was an impressive winner on debut but the second is a serial loser and the rest were motley. Yaddree has been running really well in some competitive handicaps and fully deserves his place in the line-up; he has solid claims but the vote goes the way of Alfathaa.
Caldra (IRE) 11-4jt-fav (8-11) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, stayed on under pressure inside final furlong, 2nd of 7, 1 1/2l behind Icelandic (9-0) at Warwick 7f stk (3) sft in Aug.
Escape Route (USA) 12-1 (9-1) Chased clear leader until led 6f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, soon weakened, 5th of 11, 7l behind Drumfire (9-1) at Newmarket 1m 2f stk (2) gs in Aug.
Igor Protti 11-1 (9-1) Tracked leader, led over 2f out, headed over 1f out, no extra, 2nd of 9, 2l behind Royal Power (9-1) at Great Leighs 1m stk (3) pol in Aug.
Spectait 10-1 (9-8) Raced alone far side and overall leader, headed and weakened over 1f out, 16th of 33, 19l behind Formal Decree (8-9) at Newmarket 1m 1f hcap (2) gs in Sept '06.
With Interest 5-2 (9-2) Held up in touch, ridden 2f out, challenged over 1f, kept on final furlong, no impression on winner, 2nd of 3, 3l behind Perks (8-9) at Doncaster 1m 2f stk (2) sft.
Acclaimed (IRE) 9-2 (9-3) Tracked leaders, pushed along 3f out, soon challenging, led 2f out, well in command over 1f out, stayed on strongly, won at Windsor 1m mdn stk (5) gs in Aug beating French Art (9-3) by 7l, 11 ran.
Alfathaa 14-1 (9-0) Prominent, ridden over 2f out, no headway, weakened over 1f out, eased inside final furlong, last of 8, 12l behind River Proud (9-0) at Goodwood 1m 3yo lst stk (1) gf in Aug.
Cat Junior (USA) 33-1 (8-11) Prominent, ridden to challenge over 2f out, soon weakened, last of 9, well behind Duke Of Marmalade (9-5) at Newmarket 1m 2f Grp 1 (1) gf in Aug.
Yaddree 5-2fav (9-4) Led 1f, remained prominent, led again 2f out, soon headed, not pace of winner, 2nd of 11, 3l behind Perfect Stride (8-10) at Ascot 1m 3yo hcp (2) gf in Jul.