The presence of PERSEPOLIS appears to have scared off much of the meaningful opposition and with Sir Michael Stoute electing to utilise the hood for the first time, the grey can gain compensation for three runners-up prizes from his last four starts. Polish Rider has been easy to back on his two outings thus far so Primo d'Oro appears to be the pick of the Richard Hannon pair. He realised 85,000gns as a yearling but has already been gelded ahead of his first visit to the track so with potential stallion duties foregone, his connections will be keen to see an immediate return on their investment. Paul Cole's team continue in good form though it will be no easy to task for Key Appointment to concede a weight-for-age allowance to his rivals.
Key Appointment 8-1 (11-3) Held up towards rear, headway on outside over 2f out, plugged on inside final furlong, 5th of 12, 3 1/2l behind Carazam (10-9) at Sandown 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gs in Apr.
Persepolis (IRE) 6-4fav (9-0) Dwelt keen in rear, headway over 2f out, ridden to press winner over 1f out, every chance inside final furlong, no extra near finish, 2nd of 8, 1 1/4l behind Goodwood Mirage (9-1) at Goodwood 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Jun.
Polish Rider 50-1 (9-5) Behind most of way, 8th of 13, 20l behind Noble Protector (9-0) at Kempton 1m mdn stks (5) pol.
Primo d'Oro (USA) Medaglia D'oro gelding out of First Glimmer.