Majestic Moon rattled up a hat-trick before coming up short in this grade at York but looks in the handicapper's grip now. GOLD HUNTER very much caught the eye at Doncaster, where he met trouble in-running but stayed on strongly in the closing stages and still finished ahead of the well-backed Regal Dan and Flyman. He shouldn't have any problems getting a clear run here and can get back to winning ways as he's better handicapped than stablemate Pied A Terre and Leicester winner Mezzotint. Frontier Fighter may be better over a mile while Tariq Too has disappointed this year but Head Of Steam is back on a winning mark and could run well at decent odds.
Birdman (IRE) 12-1 (8-13) In touch, effort over 2f out, kept on one pace final furlong, 5th of 7, 8l behind Well Acquainted (8-13) at Epsom Downs 7f Listed stks 3yo (1) gs in May.
Pied A Terre (AUS) 9-1 (9-2) Overall leader in centre, ridden over 2f out, headed approaching final furlong, kept on one pace, lost 3rd near finish, 4th of 9, 10l behind Ascription (9-1) at Doncaster 1m hcp 0-110 (2) gs.
Mezzotint (IRE) 10-1 (9-5) Dwelt soon switched left held up, headway entering final 2f, soon every chance, ridden to lead inside final furlong, edged left, ran on, won at Leicester 7f hcp 0-95 (3) gf beating Talented Kid (9-6) by 1 1/2l, 7 ran.
Spiritual Star (IRE) 40-1 (9-6) Raced centre, always towards rear, 11th of 14, 9l behind Sir Reginald (8-10) at Doncaster 6f hcp 105 (2) gs.
Frontier Fighter 7-2fav (9-5) Tracked winner, ridden over 1f out, no extra towards finish, 5th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Suits Me (9-1) at Ripon 1m hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Jun.
Tariq Too 12-1 (9-7) Dwelt, in rear, headway over 1f out, soon ridden, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 13, 5l behind Silver Rime (8-6) at Ayr 7f hcp 0-95 (3) gs.
Gold Hunter (IRE) 7-1 (9-4) Held up towards rear, switched right over 1f out, soon ridden, stayed on inside final furlong, 3rd of 16, 1 1/4l behind Breton Rock (9-4) at Doncaster 7f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gs.
Ayaar (IRE) 25-1 (9-1) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, stayed on and every chance towards far side final furlong, no extra towards finish, 7th of 17, 4l behind Brownsea Brink (8-6) at Newmarket 1m hcp 0-100 (2) gd.
Majestic Moon (IRE) 7-1 (8-12) Slowly into stride, headway to lead after 1f and set strong pace, stayed alone on far rail in straight, headed well over 1f out, soon driven, chased leaders, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 14, 8l behind Short Squeeze (8-3) at York 1m 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gs in Aug.
Head Of Steam (USA) 7-1 (9-8) Tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, stayed on same pace final furlong, 4th of 10, 6l behind Big Johnny D (9-8) at Haydock 7f hcp 0-90 (3) sft.
Flyman 33-1 (9-2) Chased leaders, went 2nd over 3f out, led over 1f out, ridden and soon headed, no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 16, 2 1/4l behind Breton Rock (9-4) at Doncaster 7f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gs.
Tellovoi (IRE) 6-4fav (9-12) Tracked leaders on inside, ridden and outpaced over 2f out, kept on same pace, no impression from over 1f out, 4th of 7, 4l behind King Torus (9-9) at Carlisle 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Aug.
Spin Artist (USA) 7-1 (9-2) Mid-division, pushed along 3f out, lost place over 2f out, 11th of 12, 30l behind Ocean Tempest (9-5) at Chester 1m hcp 0-90 (3) sft.
Regal Dan (IRE) 5-1fav (8-13) Held up mid-division, ridden over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 4th of 16, 1 3/4l behind Breton Rock (9-4) at Doncaster 7f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gs.