First Post won last year's renewal off a higher mark but arrives out of sorts this time around and was a long way behind POSTSCRIPT at Haydock last time. The latter was well beaten himself in much better company at York last week but has leading claims in this grade and gets the nod. My Lord scored over C&D last month and has a shout along with Devdas and Barwick, both placed last time, but the jury is still out on Newnton Lodge who finished last on his seasonal debut back in April.
Postscript (IRE) 9-1 (8-2) Chased leaders, pushed along over 3f out, no much room over 1f out when one pace, 15th of 20, 10l behind Trade Storm (9-1) at York 1m hcp (2) gf.
Star Surprise 4-1 (10-0) Led, brought field to near side in straight, ridden and headed 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 8, 6l behind My Lord (8-10) at Sandown 1m hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Jul.
Yojimbo (IRE) 10-1 (9-6) Soon led, ridden and headed over 1f out, kept on one pace, 4th of 8, 6l behind The Cayterers (8-13) at Goodwood 1m 1f hcp 0-90 (3) gd.
Barwick 15-8 (9-9) In touch in rear, ridden and headway entering final furlong, ran on, nearest finish, 3rd of 5, 3/4l behind Green Howard (9-12) at Yarmouth 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gs.
First Post (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) Held up towards rear, hampered on bend over 5f out, never in contention, 11th of 12, 17l behind Postscript (9-2) at Haydock 1m hcp 0-95 (3) gf.
Leviathan 14-1 (9-3) Held up towards rear and keen, effort over 2f out, never dangerous, last of 13, 18l behind Trade Commissioner (9-5) at Salisbury 1m hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Jun.
Freddy Q (IRE) 11-1 (9-5) Steadied start, held up towards rear, headway on outside over 2f out, driven over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 9, 4l behind Rose Season (8-10) at Newbury 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Sinfonico (IRE) 20-1 (9-2) Always behind, 12th of 14, 8l behind Switzerland (8-10) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-95 (3) pol.
My Lord 13-2 (9-6) Steadied start, took keen hold, held up in rear, good headway when switched sharply right approaching final furlong, switched right again inside final furlong, stayed on to 3rd final 120 yards, 3rd of 11, 1l behind Cactus Valley (9-2) at Sandown 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Newnton Lodge 16-1 (8-12) Pulled hard, held up, never a factor, last of 10, 27l behind Gregorian (9-3) at Newbury 7f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Apr.
Sir Francis Drake 8-1 (9-10) Held up mid-division, headway to chase leaders over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, last of 10, 33l behind Magma (8-12) at Kempton 1m mdn stks (5) pol.
Devdas (IRE) 3-1fav (8-12) Close up, ridden to lead over 1f out, headed and no extra well inside final furlong, 4th of 10, 1/2l behind Elkhart (8-4) at Newmarket 1m 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gf in Jul.
Sunshine Always (IRE) 11-1 (8-12) Held up, clsoed 4f out, went 3rd over 1f out, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 9, 5l behind Scottish Lake (9-4) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.