Three Ducks needs a market check on this first run for the Hannon team however PRINCE OF THEBES comes here in good form and is preferred to Catchanova and Mavalenta in a very winnable race. Michael Attwater's gelding is a straightforward galloper who is normally ridden prominently and his recent second to Tartan Trip over this course and distance is the best recent form on offer. He is up a couple of pounds in the ratings as a result but he is still well-treated compared to his all-weather rating and is fancied to get back to winning ways. Red Somerset drops into a 0-75 for the first time in a while and is not discounted, Lean Machine looks the pick of the Hannon pair with Mr Hughes opting to ride the unexposed colt who looks fairly-treated on a mark of 74, whilst the drop in trip should see Goose Green showing up with more zest. Pictures looks well-handicapped on his 2009 maiden form but she has stamina for this trip to prove, a comment that doesn't apply to the Montjeu filly Mavalenta who ran her best race to date at Lingfield last month and she must run well off 65. Catchanova and Hip Hip Hooray are certainly not discounted off their light weights however the tentative nod goes to Prince Of Thebes.
Red Somerset (USA) 20-1 (9-2) Took keen hold, chased leaders, pushed along 3f out, weakened 2f out, 8th of 9, 16l behind Avonrose (8-5) at Ascot 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Jul.
Three Ducks 5-1 (9-6) Led, ridden 2f out, headed inside final furlong, joined post, 2nd of 8, 1l behind Atacama Sunrise (8-7) at Yarmouth 1m 1f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jul '09.
Meydan Dubai (IRE) 10-1 (9-8) Led, headed approaching 2f out, ridden over 1f out, soon weakened, 5th of 6, 9l behind Ravi River (10-0) at Lingfield 7f sell stks (6) pol in Feb.
Lean Machine 9-1 (9-2) Raced wide, mid-division, ridden 3f out, weakened 2f out, 10th of 11, 11l behind Imperial Delight (9-3) at Sandown 7f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jun.
Prince Of Thebes (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) Tracked leading pair, not much room on inside well over 2f out, headway and switched sharply right to rails entering final furlong, chasing winner and staying on strongly when badly hampered final 100 yards, not racover, 2nd of 7, 1/2l behind Tartan Trip (9-5) at Sandown 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Jul.
Goose Green (IRE) 16-1 (9-6) Tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, no impression, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 6, 6l behind Understory (9-4) at Folkestone 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jun.
Pictures (IRE) 50-1 (8-6) Held up mid-division, ridden over 1f out, soon faded, 11th of 12, 10l behind Poppy Seed (9-4) at Windsor 6f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jul.
Mavalenta (IRE) 25-1 (8-13) Mid-division, headway going well when not clearest of runs 2f out, stayed on under pressure inside final furlong, not pace to threaten leaders, 5th of 12, 4l behind Akhmatova (8-12) at Lingfield 1m 2f fll hcp (0-75) (3yo+) (5) pol in Jul.
Hip Hip Hooray 16-1 (8-12) Slowly away, soon led, headed over 2f out, soon weakened, 9th of 10, 17l behind Granny Mcphee (9-7) at Windsor 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Jun.
Catchanova (IRE) 4-1 (9-2) Led, driven clear well over 1f out, strongly challenged entering final furlong, headed and no extra close home, 2nd of 7, nk behind Scottish Boogie (9-7) at Ffos Las 1m 3yo app hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jul.