Ex Oriente was sent off favourite for his racecourse debut at Newmarket while Sehnsucht finished third over 6f at the same track two weeks ago. But Talwar, who wasn't punished once his chance had gone when seventh at Doncaster last month, looks the better long-term prospect and will strip fitter here. Richard Hannon's juveniles are sweeping all before them at present, however, so it will be a surprise if newcomer NANT SAESON isn't in the firing-line here as sire Elusive City has produced some very speedy two-year-olds. Astraios looks the pick of Brian Meehan's pair and, along with Mick Channon's Mcvicar, could be the pick of the remainder.
Astraios (IRE) Oratorio colt out of Paper Moon.
Ex Oriente (IRE) 11-4fav (9-3) Mid-division, ridden and weakened 2f out, 13th of 15, 18l behind Coupe de Ville (9-3) at Newmarket 7f 2yo mdn (5) gs in Jun.
Gunner Will (IRE) Le Vie Dei Colori colt out of Ros The Boss.
Mcvicar Tobougg colt out of Aries.
Nant Saeson (IRE) Elusive City colt out of Lady Power.
Royal Academician (USA) Mr Greeley colt out of Alta Moda.
Sehnsucht (IRE) 5-1 (9-3) Mid-division, headway approaching final furlong, ridden and ran on, gaining near finish, 3rd of 15, 3 1/2l behind Hadaj (9-3) at Newmarket 6f 2yo mdn (5) gd in Jun.
Talwar (IRE) 7-1 (9-3) Towards rear, pushed along over 3f out, headway over 2f out, ridden and edged left over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 7th of 17, 7l behind Sovereign Debt (9-3) at Doncaster 6f 2yo mdn aut (5) gs in Jun.
Tigers Tale (IRE) Tiger Hill colt out of Vayenga.
Vergrigio (IRE) Verglas colt out of Roystonea.