Pigeon Pie has a Group 1 entry that that looks a tad ambitious after she finished last at Musselburgh. Fair Ranger will probably be taking in at least one of the valuable sales races later in the season having got off the mark at Doncaster last time and the third has franked the form since. But RUFFORD created a favourable impression when making a winning debut at York and, with further improvement almost guaranteed, gets the nod with Cool Bahamian and Milly's Secret having a bit to prove after their latest efforts.
Cool Bahamian (IRE) 11-1 (9-0) Soon off the pace towards rear, ridden well over 1f out, headway over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, nearest finish, 5th of 11, 5l behind Thunder Strike (9-0) at Epsom Downs 6f Listed stks 2yo (1) gd in Jun.
Rufford (IRE) 7-1 (9-5) Close up, led over 2f out, kept on gamely inside final furlong, driven out, won at York 6f 2yo mdn (3) gf in Jun beating Bahamian C (9-5) by 3/4l, 15 ran.
Fair Ranger 5-4fav (9-5) Close up, ridden over 1f out, kept on to lead towards finish, won at Doncaster 6f 2yo mdn aut (5) gf in Jun beating Azagal (9-0) by nk, 10 ran.
Pigeon Pie 14-1 (8-9) Went right start, chased leading pair, ridden and hung right halfway, weakened over 1f out, last of 7, 12l behind Sleeper King (8-12) at Musselburgh 5f 2yo stks (2) gf in Jun.
Milly's Secret (IRE) 9-4 (8-11) Led, headed over 1f out, soon ridden, no extra and lost 2nd place inside final furlong, 3rd of 4, 2 1/2l behind Good Old Boy Lukey (9-0) at Newcastle 6f 2yo nov stk (5) gd in Jun.