There is a very solid look to the form of SOVEREIGN REMEDY, who gets the vote ahead of Militarist here, while Snow Bay and Prince Of Johanne are respected lower in the weights. Representing Godolphin, the selection won a Nottingham maiden in May before being found out over 10f at York. The return to a mile brought a better effort last time, however, when he ran third behind Brief Encounter, who is a good yardstick in context. Good ground suits and we will give him the nod. Militarist won on debut over at the Rowley course but failed to repeat the dose when favourite back there last time. The yard is now going well again though, so we may see more from the War Chant colt this time. Last-time winner Snow Bay has gone up 5lbs and the step from Catterick to headquarters is not an obvious route to further riches. However, Bryan Smart has little option but to pitch him in here and see what occurs, and he will certainly have his trip and ground. Prince Of Johanne has been allotted what looks a fair mark of 76 for this handicap debut but with Jeremy Noseda continuing to provide a good strike rate for punters he will be of interest if there is market warmth. Resort has quickly slipped in the weights after the handicapper appeared to have overestimated his abilities and he should now be able to make his presence felt, but preference is for Sovereign Remedy.
Sovereign Remedy (USA) 7-2 (9-0) Held up towards rear, headway to track leaders over 3f out, ridden over 1f out, stayed on towards finish, 3rd of 10, 1 3/4l behind Brief Encounter (9-2) at Newmarket 1m 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gf.
Militarist (USA) 9-4fav (9-4) Always prominent, took keen hold, every chance over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 7, 5l behind Suruor (8-12) at Newmarket 1m 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gf in May.
Hunterview 8-1 (8-11) In rear, pushed along intermittently, kept on inside final furlong, never able to challenge and eased towards finish, 6th of 8, 4l behind Fareer (8-9) at Chester 1m hcp 0-100 (2) gf in May.
Watergate (IRE) 6-1 (9-2) Led, ridden 2f out, headed over 1f out, stayed on one pace, 4th of 5, 3l behind Saint Arch (9-5) at Lingfield 7f 2yo nov stks (4) pol in Nov.
Resort 9-1 (8-7) 7th of 15, 2 3/4l behind Greenisland (8-13) at Newmarket 7f 3yo fll hcp 0-100 (2) gd.
Invisible Man 5-1 (8-8) Led, headed over 1f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 10, 5l behind Secret Society (9-5) at Ascot 7f 3yo hcp (2) gf.
Snow Bay 15-2 (9-7) Made virtually all, raced keenly, edged right well over 1f out, strongly pressed throughout final furlong, just prevailed, won at Catterick 7f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gd beating Northern Flyer (8-4) by hd, 12 ran.
Prince Of Johanne (IRE) 13-2 (9-3) Started slowly, behind, headway on outside 1f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, pressed towards finish, just held on, won at Newbury 7f 3yo mdn (4) gs in May beating Criticize (9-3) by ns, 9 ran.
Al Mugtareb (IRE) 17-2 (9-1) Dwelt in rear, remindered halfway, driven and stayed on under pressure final furlong, 5th of 9, 2 3/4l behind Athania (8-8) at Chester 1m 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gf.