AL MANAAL has plenty of pace in his pedigree being out of a 6f Listed winner and is the only Godolphin runner at the meeting. The market will tell us more about his chances but he could be good enough to make a winning start. The Sixties is a good yardstick but has been unable to find the necessary finishing burst on quick ground on his two latest starts and Hoofalong looks certain to go well. Mick Easterby's colt made a very pleasing debut at York where he was the only newcomer in the line-up and lack of experience probably cost him the race. He will make a bold bid to go one better though Grievous Angel looks a threat to all as she tackled fast going for the first time at Catterick and failed by just a head to catch Flighty Clarets.
Bapak Bangsawan 8-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, under pressure halfway, soon weakened, last of 9, 27l behind Hillbilly Boy (8-10) at Ripon 6f 2yo mdn (5) gs in May.
Hoofalong 25-1 (9-0) Dwelt, behind, smooth headway halfway, switched left over 1f out, ridden and every chance inside final furlong, kept on and held towards finish, 2nd of 8, 1/2l behind Lastchancelucas (8-12) at York 5f 2yo nov stk (3) gd in May.
Major Parkes Fair Mix colt out of My Melody Parkes.
Salvatore Fury (IRE) 100-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, always behind, last of 8, 20l behind One Word More (9-3) at Ayr 7f 2yo mdn (4) sft in Jul.
The Sixties 11-2 (9-0) Tracked leader, ridden to lead over 2f out, headed over 1f out, kept on one pace, 2nd of 7, 3 1/2l behind Dream Maker (8-9) at Chester 6f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Al Manaal Echo Of Light filly out of Mall Queen.
Chloe's Image 100-1 (8-4) Mid-division, lost place over 2f out, soon behind, 14th of 15, 22l behind Starlight Symphony (8-8) at Doncaster 7f 2yo flls mdn auc stks (5) gf in Jul.
Elusive Shadow 66-1 (8-4) Behind, ridden over 1f out, never dangerous, last of 8, 11l behind Findog (9-0) at Beverley 5f 2yo clm (5) gf in Jul.
Grievous Angel (IRE) 10-3 (8-12) Behind, headway halfway, switched right to challenge over 1f out, soon chasing leaders, hung left under pressure inside final furlong, just failed, 2nd of 10, hd behind Flighty Clarets (8-12) at Catterick 6f 2yo mdn (5) gf in Jul.
Miss Perfect 7-1 (8-12) In touch, ridden 2f out, weakened final furlong, 9th of 17, 6l behind Ayasha (8-12) at Redcar 6f 2yo mdn (5) gd.