Both winners over a mile, Kaafel and Rhagori are not easily dismissed over this longer trip. Croquembouche has scored over 1m2f, however, and has scope for further improvement while Buster Brown got the better of Operation Tracker by a short-head at Newcastle a fortnight ago though they are closely matched here. Handicap debutant Taglietelle may figure and Top Billing would come into the reckoning if any rain arrives but a chance is taken on PALUS SAN MARCO. He finished third over 1m4f last time but drops back to his winning trip today and may come out best in a competitive contest.
Kaafel (IRE) 7-2fav (9-3) Tracked leaders, pushed along over 3f out, challenged 2f out, carried left over 1f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 4th of 9, 1 1/2l behind Knave Of Clubs (9-1) at Salisbury 1m 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) sft.
Rayvin Black 7-1 (9-7) Keen tracked leaders, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, last of 8, well behind Bite Of The Cherry (9-6) at Newmarket 1m 5f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Jul.
Rhagori 4-6fav (9-7) Steadied start, held up, good headway and switched right to 3rd over 2f out, led and edged left over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, always just doing enough, won at Bath 1m flls hcp 0-80 (4) gd beating Miss Cap Estel (9-6) by 1/2l, 6 ran.
Savanna Days (IRE) 8-1 (8-7) Close up in 4th, ridden over 2f out, went 3rd approaching final furlong, kept on one pace, 3rd of 4, 7l behind Prince Alzain (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) pol.
Traveller's Tales 7-1 (9-3) Held up towards rear, headway 5f out, soon ridden, not clear run over 3f out, no extra final 100 yards, 4th of 8, 6l behind Saytara (9-1) at Salisbury 1m 4f flls hcp 0-80 (4) gs.
Croquembouche (IRE) 12-1 (8-5) Led and keen, ridden over 1f out, kept on and headed towards finish, 2nd of 7, 1/2l behind Sweetnessandlight (8-1) at Pontefract 1m 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gf.
Top Billing 13-2 (9-3) Tarcked leading pair, went 2nd 4f out until ridden 2f out, soon edged right under pressure, weakened over 1f out, 10th of 11, 8l behind Cactus Valley (9-2) at Sandown 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Palus San Marco (IRE) 12-1 (9-7) Held up in touch, ridden over 1f out, one pace and no impression, 5th of 6, 4l behind Arch Villain (9-1) at Lingfield 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Jul.
Jupiter Storm 14-1 (8-11) Prominent, went 2nd 9f out, led over 6f out, ridden and headed over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 12th of 16, 13l behind Silver Lime (9-2) at Goodwood 1m 3f 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gd.
Taglietelle 3-1 (9-3) Raced wide in touch, headway over 2f out, ridden to challenege when hung left over 1f out, switched left inside final furlong, kept on one pace, 3rd of 11, 5l behind Intent (8-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f mdn auc stks (6) pol.
Dance With Me (IRE) 28-1 (8-12) Dwelt badly, behind, lost touch over 2f out, 8th of 9, 24l behind Knave Of Clubs (9-1) at Salisbury 1m 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) sft.
Buster Brown (IRE) 6-1 (8-11) In rear, headway over 2f out, stayed on strongly to lead close home, won at Newcastle 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gs beating Operation Tracer (8-6) by shd, 10 ran.
Naael (USA) 50-1 (8-0) Held up in rear, never on terms, 9th of 10, 13l behind Initiator (9-1) at Sandown 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gf.
Golden Jubilee (USA) 14-1 (8-9) Chased leaders, pushed along and went right over 3f out, ridden and no extra over 1f out, 5th of 9, 5l behind Charitable Act (9-7) at Bath 1m 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gd.
Operation Tracer 5-1 (8-6) Mid-division, went 3rd 3f out, ridden over 2f out, went 2nd over 1f out, lead towards finish, caught close home, 2nd of 10, shd behind Buster Brown (8-11) at Newcastle 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gs.