Some powerful yards are represented here and BURJ HATTA makes most appeal. There's no doubt he's a frustrating sort having been placed in all five starts this season but he's expected to handle the surface as Saeed Bin Suroor has a 50 per cent strike rate at this course in the last five years. Crystal Etoile looked one-paced on her handicap debut at Sandown last month and Discovery Bay has also cut little ice in three starts in handicaps. Indian Mist is Roger Varian's first runner at this track and he drops back in trip, but Empyrean has been well beaten in a couple of outings on Polytrack and may do better in handicaps. Ampleforth looks best of the rest.
Ampleforth 3-1fav (8-12) In rear, soon ridden along, headway over 1f out, ran on final furlong, nearest finish, 3rd of 12, 8l behind Beechcraft Baron (9-0) at Southwell 7f mdn stks (5) fbs.
Burj Hatta (USA) 7-4 (9-3) Held up, ridden and headway on outer over 2f out, edged left and chased winner 2f out until entering final furlong, kept on one pace, 3rd of 11, 5l behind Federation (8-12) at Thirsk 1m mdn stks (4) gd in Jul.
Discovery Bay 9-1 (8-13) Chased leader until over 2f out, soon ridden, weakened approaching final furlong, 5th of 10, 6l behind Terdaad (9-3) at Salisbury 1m 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Munaawib 10-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, ran in snatches in 4th, driven in rear 3f out, ran on inside final furlong, almost snatched 2nd, 3rd of 5, 6l behind Misty Isles (8-9) at Brighton 1m 2f mdn stks (5) gd in Jun.
Outpost (IRE) 8-1 (9-3) Rider removed blind late, slowly away behind, never a factor, 5th of 12, 19l behind Beechcraft Baron (9-0) at Southwell 7f mdn stks (5) fbs.
Pronounce 40-1 (9-3) In rear, weakened over 3f out, soon eased, last of 12, well behind Nordic Sky (9-3) at Pontefract 1m 3yo & 4yo mdn (5) gf in Jul.
Classical Chloe 10-1 (8-9) Dwelt, outpaced in rear, headway over 1f out, soon weakened, 6th of 8, 15l behind Mother Jones (8-12) at Redcar 6f mdn auc stks (5) sft in Jun.
Crystal Etoile 9-4fav (9-0) Took keen hold in rear, ridden 3f, driven 2f out, late headway final furlong, never on terms, 5th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Stand To Reason (9-5) at Sandown 1m hcp 0-80 (4) sft in Jul.
Dffra (IRE) 16-1 (8-12) Pulled hard, led after 2f, headed over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 10th of 13, 13l behind Midsummer Fair (9-3) at Newmarket 1m 3yo mdn (4) gf in Apr.
Empyrean (USA) 28-1 (8-12) Mid-division, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 7th of 9, 27l behind Inklet (8-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f mdn auc stks (6) pol.
Indian Mist (IRE) 10-3 (8-11) Took keen hold, chased leading trio, went 2nd halfway until 4f out, went 2nd again inside final 3f, soon eged left, ridden and no impression when lost 2nd over 1f out, no extra and no chance with leading duo final furlong, 3rd of 10, 5l behind Word Power (8-11) at Windsor 1m 2f fll mdn stks (5) gf.
Mazij 20-1 (8-11) Towards rear, headway on far rail over 2f out, plugged on inside final furlong, 4th of 10, 12l behind Word Power (8-11) at Windsor 1m 2f fll mdn stks (5) gf.
Totally Trusted 40-1 (7-13) Held up towards rear and keen, outpaced over 3f out, some headway over 2f out, never dangerous, 8th of 13, 14l behind Uptown Guy (9-5) at Thirsk 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gs.