Jo Hughes is enjoying an excellent season and her Harbour Captain, the sole 3-y-o, is expected to go well for the Lambourn yard. An easy winner of a Bath seller over 1m last time, the son of Captain Rio is expected to take this rise in grade in his stride. He was close to being the selection but a chance is taken with DANESIDE as a value option. He's not been beaten at all far on his last three starts after returning from a year off, suggesting his ability remains in tact and faces optimum conditions here for Gary Harrison whose small Newmarket string is performing well. Takitwo continues to defy the passage of time and the 10-y-o looks solid each-way material whilst Richard Price does well in these contests and fields recent course winner Loyal N Trusted. He has two course wins to his name but both have come over 7f and the additional furlong is a possible question mark. Bert The Alert, dropping in trip is also worthy of note.
Poetic Lord 33-1 (9-5) Held up, ridden over 2f out, not trouble leaders, 5th of 8, 7l behind Consign (8-13) at Windsor 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Bert The Alert 14-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders, ridden and weakened over 2f out, last of 7, 14l behind Xinbama (9-6) at Epsom Downs 1m 2f app hcp (5) gf.
Bountiful Girl 40-1 (10-4) Held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, soon ridden, one pace inside final furlong, 8th of 14, 9l behind Balmoral Castle (9-12) at Goodwood 1m 1f am hcp (0-70) (4yo+) (5) gd in May.
Daneside (IRE) 7-1 (8-13) Held up in touch in rear, ridden 3f out, never on terms, 6th of 7, 4 1/2l behind Robert The Painter (9-9) at Beverley 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Loyal N Trusted 9-1 (10-9) Difficult to load in stalls, in touch, smooth headway on bit over 2f out, led inside final 2f, pushed along inside final furlong, kept on well (hand timed), won at Salisbury 7f am hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jun beating Graylyn Valentino (11-6) by 1l, 10 ran.
Harbour Captain (IRE) 4-1 (9-3) Made all, ridden and in command when hung left over 1f out, stayed on well, won at Bath 1m 3yo & 4yo sll (6) fm beating For Shia And Lula (9-7) by 4l, 7 ran.
Takitwo 8-1 (9-7) Held up in rear, headway over 1f out, ran on, nearest finish, 3rd of 8, 2 1/2l behind My Own Way Home (9-3) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-65 (6) fm.
Wordismybond 5-1 (9-12) Soon led, ridden over 2f out, headed over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 6th of 8, 5l behind Greyemkay (8-10) at Ffos Las 1m hcp 0-60 (6) gf.