Three-year-olds have a good record in this and STATUTORY, who produced a fine run behind Caucus in a Newmarket Listed event last time, can keep up the sequence. Riptide scored over the course and distance last time by 10l but that was a class 5 handicap and this is very much better company. Mutual Regard as run two excellent races at around this trip after scoring at Ffos Las while Almagest couldn't cope with soft ground at Ayr after scoring twice in faster conditions.
Almagest 9-1 (9-5) Held up towards rear, ridden over 2f out, never dangerous, 9th of 13, 26l behind Mister Pagan (8-10) at Ayr 2m 1f hcp (3) sft in Sep.
Mutual Regard (IRE) 8-1 (9-11) Held up in last trio, steady headway over 3f lout, chased leaders over 2f out, ridden hung right and went 2nd over 1f out, one pace and no impression final furlong, 2nd of 9, 2 1/4l behind Aquilonius (8-9) at Goodwood 2m hcp 105 (2) gf in Sep.
Riptide 11-1 (10-0) Led narrowly 4f, remained in touch, led again over 3f out, ridden clear well over 1f out, comfortably, won at Pontefract 2m 1f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Sep beating Kodicil (9-9) by 10l, 13 ran.
Statutory (IRE) 4-1 (8-5) Tracked leader, led after 3f, ridden and headed over 1f out, kept on one pace, 2nd of 10, 2 1/4l behind Caucus (9-6) at Newmarket 2m Listed stks 3yo (1) gd in Sep.