A moderate affair where first-time cheekpieces might be enough to give CLOUDESLEY the edge, while Mabuya and Everaard can give him plenty to do. All of this field are exposed but the Andrew Balding-trained pick might just be able to find the necessary improvement with the headgear and the step up in trip both potential positives. Mabuya is perhaps another who might be able to find a bit extra, though given that he has gone up 1lb and already had two attempts in defeat over this trip he may already have found his level. Everaard has a win to his name and acts on fast ground. He was tried over this trip last time but pedigree suggests that he should be better over shorter and the jury is out. Wee Sonny showed up well on his handicap debut at Leicester, and he can get closely involved, but preference today is for Cloudesley.
Mabuya (UAE) 5-1 (8-12) Chased leaders, pushed along to lead 3f out, ridden and headed just inside final furlong, one pace, 3rd of 13, 2 3/4l behind Itlaaq (8-8) at Goodwood 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in May.
Wee Sonny (IRE) 16-1 (8-13) Keen, in touch, went 3rd over 3f out, ridden and hung right from over 2f out, outpaced over 1f out, driven, kept on to take 3rd towards finish, 3rd of 6, 4l behind Mister Dee Bee (9-7) at Leicester 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Cloudesley (IRE) 11-2 (8-4) Behind, headway 2f out, stayed on weell inside final furlong, not troubled leading pair, took 3rd post, 3rd of 12, 4 1/2l behind Clerk's Choice (8-10) at Sandown 1m 1f 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gd.
Peace Corps 6-1 (9-8) Slowly into stride, towards rear, ridden along and struggling over 3f out, eased over 2f out, virtually pulled up, tailed off, last of 12, well behind North Cape (9-3) at Sandown 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Hambledon Hill 10-1 (8-13) Chased leaders, driven along over 3f out, weakened 2f out, 5th of 7, 11l behind Eastern Aria (9-5) at Goodwood 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gd.
Aboukir 66-1 (9-2) Behind, pushed along 3f out, stayed on inside final furlong, never going pace to get competitive, 6th of 15, 9l behind Peking Prince (9-2) at Newbury 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Everaard (USA) 8-1 (8-12) Held up, headway over 2f out, squeezed through over 1f out, kept on, 4th of 11, 3 1/2l behind Sequillo (9-3) at Windsor 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Water Hen (IRE) 5-1 (9-4) Slowly into stride, held up, headway on outside over 3f out, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 5th of 7, 6l behind Vita Mia (8-5) at Leicester 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Carte d'Oro (IRE) 20-1 (9-0) Pulled hard, soon prominent, went 2nd 5f out, ridden and every chance 2f out, weakened approaching final furlong, 5th of 8, 7l behind Whooshka (9-0) at Newbury 1m 2f Maiden Fillies Stakes (3yo) (5) gf.
Leelu 20-1 (8-8) Led, ridden and headed well over 2f out, weakened, 11th of 12, 24l behind Cumana Bay (9-2) at Newbury 7f (5) gf in May.
Brad's Luck (IRE) 8-1 (9-2) Mid-division, pushed along 4f out, manoeuvred right 2f out, headway soon after, kept on inside final furlong, 4th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Embsay Crag (9-5) at Chester 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) gf.