EXPLORATOR has leading claims if lining up here rather than Newmarket on Saturday; if he fails to face the starter then Umverti and Golden Future could be the ones to concentrate on. Explorator has made rapid strides since being sent handicapping and he produced a career best performance when trouncing the field at Ripon; he has two furlongs further to travel and a 10lb higher mark to cope with but he has shown no signs of stopping thus far. Umverti should get first run on him from her low draw as the mare made every yard to win over course and distance just over a week ago and that form has already received a boost with the second winning earlier in the week. Master Nimbus has claims of repeating his 2008 success whilst Golden Future should have given the winner something to think about at Ripon and looks sure to be involved with Paul Hanagan taking over in the saddle. Danceintothelight is another to consider but our search for the winner stopped with Explorator.
Explorator (IRE) 5-2fav (9-10) Held up towards rear, strong headway over 3f out, led over 2f out, soon ridden, ran on strongly, impressive, won at Ripon 1m 2f hcp 0-60 (6) gd beating Silly Gilly (8-13) by 7l, 14 ran.
Umverti 6-1 (9-2) Made all, ridden over 1f out, kept on gamely, won at Pontefract 1m 4f flls hcp 0-75 (5) gf beating Chilly Filly (10-0) by 2 3/4l, 7 ran.
Master Nimbus 13-8fav (9-4) Held up in touch, headway on outer over 3f out, ridden 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 11, 8l behind Simple Jim (8-13) at Redcar 1m 6f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in May.
Dean Iarracht (IRE) 2-1fav (9-6) Held up in touch, headway from 2f out,ridden to lead 1f out, kept on well, won at Beverley 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) gf beating Rowan Lodge (9-9) by 3/4l, 9 ran.
Regal Lyric (IRE) 4-1 (9-4) Held up, kept on final 2f, never near leaders, 4th of 11, 12l behind Haljaferia (10-0) at Pontefract 1m 2f Ladies Handicap (0-70) (3yo+) (5) gf in Jun.
Gulf Coast 8-1 (8-7) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 12, 8l behind Daytime Dreamer (9-10) at Catterick 1m 4f app hcp (6) gs.
Golden Future 7-4fav (9-4) Held up mid-division, headway on inside 4f out, not much room over 2f out, soon switched left, stayed on strongly inside final furlong, not reached winner, 2nd of 15, 4 1/2l behind Maneki Neko (10-2) at Ripon 1m 4f ldy hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Jun.
Dispol Diva 17-2 (9-3) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, kept on, 4th of 13, 4 1/2l behind Eijaaz (9-8) at Catterick 1m 4f clm stks (6) gd.
Winged Farasi 20-1 (9-0) Mid-division of chasing group, headway over 2f out, stayed on to go remote 2nd inside final furlong, 2nd of 11, 9l behind Haljaferia (10-0) at Pontefract 1m 2f Ladies Handicap (0-70) (3yo+) (5) gf in Jun.
Danceintothelight 11-1 (9-2) Held up mid-division, headway over 4f out, went 2nd well over 3f out until over 2f out, kept on to regain 2nd near line, no chance with winner, 2nd of 9, 4l behind Allannah Abu (9-2) at Catterick 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gd.