PROFESSOR boasts the highest official rating after following up his win at Ascot with victory in a Listed race at Haydock last week. He's taking on older horses for the first time here but Richard Hannon has sent out three of the last five winners of this which suggests the Byron colt is up to the task. Collateral form gives Intibaah something to find with the selection but Hallelujah could pose a threat having registered a comeback win over 6f at Newbury last month. Magic Secret will be hoping for rain on his reappearance as will Morache Music, who went close at York recently but could only manage fifth in last year's renewal. Regal Parade and Justineo could get involved if at their best but Spiritual Star, a very promising two-year-old, has plenty to prove now.
Joe Packet 15-2 (9-7) Mid-division, ridden and headway opver 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 10, 4l behind Harrison George (8-5) at Nottingham 6f hcp 0-105 (2) sft.
Justineo 16-1 (8-12) Held up towards rear, headway 1f out, ridden and kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 8, 2 1/2l behind Hamza (8-12) at Beverley 5f cond Stakes (3) gd in May.
Magic Secret 4-1fav (9-5) Raced keenly tracking leader, led approaching final furlong, soon ridden clear, eased close home, won at Windsor 6f hcp 0-80 (4) sft in Oct beating Jocasta Dawn (9-0) by 5l, 14 ran.
Morache Music 13-2 (9-2) Held up, headway 3f out, ridden to challenge over 1f out, every chance inside final furlong, held towards finish, 2nd of 6, 3/4l behind Pintura (9-2) at York 7f cond Stakes (3) gd in May.
Pandar 20-1 (9-0) Led, ridden and headed 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, last of 7, 5l behind Boomerang Bob (9-0) at Windsor 6f Listed stks 3yo (1) gf.
Regal Parade 33-1 (9-0) Held up in last, ridden 2f out, no impression, 6th of 7, 5l behind Boomerang Bob (9-0) at Windsor 6f Listed stks 3yo (1) gf.
Spiritual Star (IRE) 9-2 (8-11) Chased leader, every chance over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 6, 11l behind Pintura (9-2) at York 7f cond Stakes (3) gd in May.
Professor 11-8fav (9-0) Tracked leaders, headway over 1f out, ridden inside final furlong, kept on to lead towards finish, won at Haydock 6f Listed stks 3yo (1) gf beating Glass Office (9-5) by 1 3/4l, 8 ran.
Hallelujah 16-1 (9-2) Mid-division, switched left and headway over 2f out, soon driven, chased leaders over 1f out, led inside final furlong, edged left under pressure, just held on, won at Newbury 6f hcp 0-100 (2) gf in May beating Poole Harbour (8-11) by ns, 16 ran.
Miss Lahar 22-1 (8-12) Held up in touch, headway when not clear run and switched left over 1f out, ridden and stayed on under pressure inside final furlong, not pace to threaten, 4th of 11, 3 1/2l behind Medicean Man (9-3) at Haydock 5f Listed stks 3yo (1) gf.
Intibaah 25-1 (8-11) In touch, headway over 1f out, edged right and stayed on to go 2nd inside final furlong, not troubled winner, 2nd of 13, 1 1/2l behind Ninjago (8-11) at Ascot 6f Listed stks 3yo (1) gd in May.