A cracking contest where Irish raider Oracle is likely to make a good account of himself, but has plenty still to prove and preference is for SIR REGINALD. The Richard Fahey inmate was a good third in the Gimcrack at York before another really good effort at Doncaster in a similar race to this last week. Those runs are the best form on offer in this field and any repeat would make him hard to beat. Auld Burns is a potential significant improver and is respected, while Sandown maiden winner Roman Eagle can build on that but will need to step up plenty to win in such a competitive race after just one start. Shafgaan is going the right way and has claims as an improver now stepped up in trip but Sir Reginald is the one for us.
Oracle (IRE) 5-2 (8-12) Raced alone on far side, disputed lead, definite advantage from 2f out, kept on under pressure when strongly pressed inside final furlong, all out, won at Curragh 7f 2yo mdn beating Cocozza (9-3) by hd, 19 ran.
Auld Burns 3-1 (9-2) Chased leaders, driven and outpaced over 2f out, soon ridden, kept on under pressure inside final furlong, no impression, 4th of 8, 3 1/2l behind Toolain (9-2) at Ascot 7f 2yo lst stk (1) gd in Jul.
Malthouse (GER) 10-3 (9-1) Led until halfway, soon pushed along, weakened approaching final furlong, 8th of 11, 6l behind Zebedee (9-3) at Newmarket 6f 2yo aut (2) gs in Aug.
Stentorian (IRE) 13-2 (9-0) Soon crossed over to lead, headed over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 6, 8l behind Native Khan (9-0) at Sandown 7f 2yo Grp 3 (1) gf in Aug.
Little Black Book (IRE) Shamardal gelding out of Extreme Beauty.
Madawi 20-1 (9-3) Tracked leader, ridden and every chance over 1f out, lost 2nd near finish, 3rd of 17, 1 1/4l behind Biondetti (9-3) at Newmarket 7f 2yo mdn (4) gd in Aug.
Roman Eagle (IRE) 4-1 (9-3) Slightly hampered on rail after 100 yards, tracked leading pair, went 2nd over 1f out, stayed on dourly to lead last stride, won at Sandown 7f 2yo mdn (4) gf in Jul beating Jehanbux (9-3) by hd, 13 ran.
Sir Reginald 14-1 (8-9) Held up towards rear, ridden 2f out, headway over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 5th of 21, 3 1/2l behind Wootton Bassett (8-9) at Doncaster 6f 2yo aut (2) gd.
Kojak (IRE) 16-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, pushed along over 2f out, ridden and losing place when slightly hampered over 1f out, 6th of 9, 8l behind Forjatt (9-5) at Nottingham 6f 2yo nov stk (5) gf in Aug.
Barney Rebel (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) Held up in rear, headway over 1f out, pushed along and stayed on steadily inside final furlong, nearest finish, 5th of 10, 5l behind Pabusar (9-0) at Goodwood 6f 2yo mdn (2) gd in Jul.
Control Chief 20-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, towards rear and well off the pace, reminder over 2f out, some headway final furlong, 9th of 13, 10l behind Roman Eagle (9-3) at Sandown 7f 2yo mdn (4) gf in Jul.
Mubtadi 5-2 (9-3) Slowly into stride, held up in touch, headway over 2f out, soon chasing leader, hard ridden to challenge over 1f out, led inside final furlong, ran on well, won at Brighton 7f 2yo mdn aut (5) gf in Aug beating Makeynn (9-3) by 3/4l, 8 ran.
Shafgaan 6-1 (8-5) Settled in mid-division, ridden well over 2f out, soon no impression, 7th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Zebedee (9-3) at Newmarket 6f 2yo aut (2) gs in Aug.
I Love Me Cape Cross filly out of Garanciere.
Dubawi Gulf 4-7fav (9-0) Chased winner throughout, ridden and no impression entering final furlong, 2nd of 6, 1 1/2l behind Apace (9-0) at Folkestone 7f 2yo stks (5) sft in Aug.
Masonic Lady (IRE) 7-1 (8-3) Held up in touch, headway over 2f out, soon ridden to challenge, ran on strongly, never reacehed winner winner, 2nd of 8, 1l behind Ninfea (8-4) at Brighton 1m 2yo mdn aut (6) gf.