This looks tricky as Gassin Golf is weighted to reverse recent running with Doncaster winner Maastricht and Maria's Choice has plenty of scope for improvement. Fleeting Image is another three-year-old with claims while Sohar went close in heavy ground over C&D last month. The High Man continued his good progress with a convincing victory at Doncaster last time and even a 10lb rise in the weights may not prevent another bold bid but CLASSIC PUNCH is given one more chance. The four-time course winner has struggled so far this year but David Elsworth's veteran may have one more big run in him as he's 9lb lower than last August's victory at this track and an apprentice takes another 7lb off his back today.
Classic Punch (IRE) 9-1 (9-7) In touch, stayed alone on near side rail 7f out, pushed along 4f out, well on terms 3f out, edged left and weakened over 2f out, tailed off, last of 10, 40l behind Sir John Hawkwood (9-0) at Newmarket 1m 2f hcp 0-100 (2) gf.
The High Man 4-1fav (9-13) Tracked clear leader, headway to lead 3f out, driven clear over 1f out, easily, won at Doncaster 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jul beating Arizona John (10-0) by 4l, 12 ran.
Knightly Escapade 11-4fav (9-1) Slowly into stride, held up in rear, headway over 1f out, every chance inside final furlong, no extra close home, 3rd of 9, 1l behind Braveheart Move (8-13) at Newmarket 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Sohar 20-1 (8-13) Tracked leading pair, chased winner 5f out, until hung right over 1f out, rallied to 2nd again inside final furlong, stayed on towards finish, just held, 2nd of 10, 1/2l behind John Louis (9-4) at Newmarket 1m 4f hcp 0-90 (3) hvy in Jul.
Huff And Puff 7-2 (9-11) Chased leading pair, ridden and unable to quicken over 2f out, went 2nd approaching final furlong, no chance with very easy winner, 2nd of 12, 4l behind Silent Moment (9-1) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Jul.
Gassin Golf 2-1fav (9-1) Held up in mid-division, good headway on inside over 3f out, soon went 2nd, ridden and edged left over 1f out, every chance well inside final furlong, held close home, 2nd of 9, 1/2l behind Maastricht (8-7) at Doncaster 1m 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Maastricht (IRE) 7-2 (8-7) Made all, ridden over 2f out, pressed inside final furlong, kept on most gamely, won at Doncaster 1m 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gd beating Gassin Golf (9-1) by 1/2l, 9 ran.
Maria's Choice (IRE) 11-1 (9-2) Held up in mid-division, ridden over 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, never on terms with leaders, 6th of 16, 7l behind Silver Lime (9-2) at Goodwood 1m 3f 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gd.
Fleeting Image 18-1 (8-1) Led, clear 4f out, stayed on far side in straight, in narrow lead over 1f out, stayed on, headed by winner near side close home, just held on for 2nd, 2nd of 13, 1l behind Ethics Girl (9-6) at Brighton 1m 4f hcp 0-80 (4) gd.