The return to maiden company can see HARLESTONE WOOD open his account at the sixth time of asking. He's been disappointing in handicaps since finishing second to Guarantee over this trip at Newbury in July but his stable is in much better form now. Tom Queally rides Newmarket sixth Malekov so it's safe to assume he's the best of Sir Henry Cecil's pair ahead of Variety Show but Wolverhampton fifth Maori Dancer is equally unexposed and Multilateral was third on his belated reappearance at Folkestone.
Harlestone Wood 15-2 (9-3) Tracked leaders, came wide into straight over 4f out, effort over 2f out, ridden and kept on one pace, last of 4, 5l behind Ruscello (9-2) at Yarmouth 1m 3f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Aug.
Malekov (IRE) 8-1 (9-1) Slowly into stride, soon pushed along to chase leaders, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 6th of 8, 9l behind Castilo Del Diablo (9-1) at Newmarket 1m 4f mdn stks (5) gf in Aug.
Maori Dancer (USA) 8-1 (9-3) Dwelt, in rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, one pace and no impression, 5th of 11, 7l behind Enthusiastic (9-8) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f mdn stks (5) pol in Aug.
Multilateral (USA) 22-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, kept on to take 3rd inside final furlong, 3rd of 9, 1 3/4l behind Infinite Hope (8-12) at Folkestone 1m 2f mdn stks (5) gf in Aug.
Variety Show (IRE) 33-1 (8-10) Dwelt took keen hold, held up, switched to outer and headway to go close up 9f out, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 11th of 13, 35l behind Fleur De Cactus (8-10) at Lingfield 1m 5f mdn stks (5) pol in Aug.