Songcraft usually keeps better company than this but is still to win outside of handicap company or in the UK and there must be a doubt about him lasting home over this longer distance. He also has to give 3lb to CHIBERTA KING, who will stay and has to be the pick on his latest close-up fifth behind Saddler's Rock in the Group 2 Goodwood Cup and an earlier third behind Opinion Poll in a Group 3 at Sandown. First Avenue and Lily In Pink are only handicappers but the latter has won three of her last four, though was well beaten over C&D in July.
Songcraft (IRE) 7-4fav (9-2) Tracked leader, driven to challenge over 2f out, faded final furlong, 3rd of 5, 8l behind Cameron Highland (8-7) at Windsor 1m 4f Listed stks 3yo (1) gf in Aug.
Chiberta King 33-1 (9-7) Led and set strong pace, clear with one rival until 6f out, narrowly headed 4f out, pressed leader until over 3f out, stayed in 3rd and kept on gamely until approaching final furlong, no extra final 100 yards, 5th of 10, 4l behind Saddler's Rock (9-7) at Goodwood 2m Grp 2 (1) gd in Aug.
First Avenue 16-1 (9-4) Held up in touch, headway 3f out, edged left and chased winner over 1f out, ridden and no impression final furlong, 2nd of 7, 2l behind Universal (9-5) at Epsom Downs 1m 2f hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Aug.
Lily In Pink 12-1 (10-0) Held up in mid-division on inside, headway 4f out, effort on inside 3f out, ridden to chase clear leader 2f out, soon switched right, driven to lead over 1f out, stayed on well and always holding on, won at Newbury 1m 5f hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Aug beating Monte Cavallo (9-4) by nk, 15 ran.