CURLEW was backed off the boards on his debut and with some of the yard's horses improving markedly from first to second runs he is marginally preferred to Gordy Bee and Splendorinthegrass. The selection started as the 5/4 favourite for a Hamilton race in June but was a bitter disappointment, pulling too hard and fading away tamely. However he had obviously been showing plenty at home and if he settles better for the experienced Richard Hills then he shouldn't be far away. Gordy Bee seems to be improving with his racing and ran quite well at Brighton last time, Park Lane's official rating arguably flatters him somewhat and he has had plenty of good chances, whilst Sabi Star will have competition for the lead and needs to pull out more. Splendorinthegrass was well-fancied last time out at Thirsk on his first run of the year and although he may have lost a few fans, he shaped as if ready for this step up in trip and this brother to Etlaala who cost current connections 160,000 guineas at the Newmarket Sales in May must be considered a major player. Cactus Curtsey and Fiancee both shaped with plenty of promise on their first starts. Maid Of Stone, Matilda Poliport and Primera Vista are all likely to need more time, and so it is Curlew who we will give another chance to.
Beat Companion 33-1 (8-12) Slowly into stride, effort on outside over 3f out, plugged on, 7th of 12, 10l behind Hallstatt (8-12) at Lingfield 1m 2f mdn auc stks (5) pol in May.
Curlew (IRE) 5-4fav (9-3) Prominent, pushed along over 3f out, weakened 2f out, last of 7, 20l behind Drum Dragon (8-12) at Hamilton 1m 3yo & 4yo mdn (5) gf in Jun.
Gordy Bee (USA) 2-1 (9-0) Pulled hard, chased winner, came stand side 3f out, soon pressed winner until approaching final furlong, kept on same pace, 2nd of 6, 4l behind Rocky's Pride (9-0) at Brighton 1m 2f mdn stks (5) fm in Jun.
Landofthefourones (USA) Aldebaran colt out of Cuanto Es.
Park Lane 7-1 (9-1) Tracked leaders, ridden to lead over 2f out, headed over 1f out, one pace, 3rd of 13, 1 1/2l behind Palacefield (9-1) at Chepstow 1m mdn stks (5) gd in May.
Primera Vista 13-2 (9-3) In rear, soon outpaced, 10th of 12, 37l behind In Footlights (9-3) at Newmarket 1m 3yo mdn (4) gf in Jun.
Sabi Star 5-1 (9-0) Soon led, ridden and headed over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 3rd of 11, 1 1/4l behind Candy Ride (8-9) at Nottingham 1m mdn stks (5) gd in Jun.
Splendorinthegrass (IRE) 1-4fav (9-2) Held up behind leaders, ridden when outpaced over 2f out, hung left over 1f out, ran on final furlong, 2nd of 7, 1 1/4l behind Doc Jones (9-2) at Thirsk 7f mdn stks (5) fm in Jun.
Cactus Curtsey 9-1 (8-7) Held up, pushed along and headway over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 3rd of 7, 8l behind Sakhee's Pearl (8-12) at Doncaster 7f fll mdn stks (4) gf.
Douchkette (FR) 33-1 (9-3) Always behind, 10th of 12, 16l behind Applause (9-3) at Windsor 1m(5) gf.
Fiancee (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, ran green in rear, some headway final furlong, 10th of 15, 9l behind Danehill's Pearl (9-0) at Newbury 7f 3yo fll mdn (4) gs in Apr.
Fulfilment (IRE) Alhaarth filly out of Noble Dane.
Head First Dansili filly out of Break Point.
Indian Tonic (IRE) 7-2 (8-8) Towards rear, effort 2f out, weakened approaching final furlong, 6th of 7, 9l behind Kaolak (8-9) at Great Leighs 1m 2yo mdn auc stks (4) pol in Dec.
Maid Of Stone (IRE) 12-1 (8-12) Held up in touch, weakened final furlong, 7th of 12, 13l behind Cordoba (8-12) at Kempton 1m 3f mdn fll (5) pol.
Matilda Poliport 25-1 (8-9) Held up, headway when hampered approaching 2f out, never dangerous after, 7th of 10, 7l behind Mohathab (10-0) at Lingfield 1m mdn stks (5) pol in Apr.
Netta (IRE) 33-1 (8-12) Never better than mid-division, but kept on well from over 1f out, 9th of 18, 8l behind Alazeyab (9-3) at Newbury 7f 2yo mdn (4) gd in Sep.