CENTURIO has been found a chance to shine and gets the nod ahead of Weathervane and the well-bred newcomer Sheklaan. There is also likely to be more to come from Surface Tension, who was in need of the run on debut but can be expected to be a lot sharper on this occasion. Sheklaan is out of an Oaks winner so it's anticipated this trip won't be an issue on her racecourse debut. The betting market may be the best source to take some of the guesswork out of the equation about her manner in the minutes before the 'off'. Weathervane made a very satisfactory debut at Chepstow in May but was below that standard in a better race at Sandown last time out. It would be harsh to write him off just yet but he does need to post a better effort tonight. Therefore, it can pay to stick with Centurio, who showed great promise last season and, as the step up in trip is most likely to suit this son of his versatile sire, Pivotal; it would come as no surprise to see this Roger Charlton-trained colt take this in his stride before going on to better things.
Centurio 9-1 (9-3) Held up in mid-division, headway 2f out, went 2nd over 1f out, never able to challenge, 2nd of 16, 7l behind Kalypso King (9-3) at Newbury 1m 2yo mdn (4) gd in Oct.
Dance Tempo Dansili colt out of Musical Twist.
Nationalism Pivotal colt out of Las Flores.
Sheklaan (USA) Kingmambo colt out of Eswarah.
Surface Tension (IRE) 12-1 (9-3) Took keen hold, tracked leaders, pushed along halfway, ridden and chased leaders 2f out, green and pushed left well over 1f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 9, 12l behind Moose Moran (9-3) at Newbury 1m 2f 3yo mdn (4) gf in May.
Tigranes The Great (IRE) 100-1 (8-13) In rear, ridden over 3f out, headway over 1f out, never nearer, 6th of 14, 12l behind Very Good Day (8-13) at Haydock 1m 4f mdn stks (5) gd.
Tower 11-4 (8-8) Dwelt, soon tracked leader, ridden and left behind 3f out, eased 2f out, last of 4, well behind Maxim Gorky (8-8) at Leicester 1m 2f mdn stks (5) sft in Apr.
Weathervane 9-4 (8-12) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 10th of 13, 14l behind Sajjhaa (8-7) at Sandown 1m 2f 3yo & 4yo mdn (5) gd in May.
Riccoche (IRE) 100-1 (9-0) Held up towards rear, pushed along 4f out, stayed on inside final furlong, never dangerous, 6th of 9, 13l behind Mujdeya (9-0) at Newbury 1m 2f 3yo fll mdn (5) gf.
Wavertree Bounty 33-1 (8-8) Held up in rear, headway 3f out, ridden and every chance over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 15, 6l behind Rock The Stars (9-2) at Yarmouth 1m 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) gd.