PROFESSEUR EMERY made all to win over course and distance 19 days ago, and with the assessor rating him some way clear of his rivals, we can expect to see him priced accordingly. David Bridgwater sent out a winner recently so Engai shouldn't be dismissed out of hand. He finally got off the mark at Worcester after a number of near misses and it is to be hoped that he has gleaned some confidence for the experience. Geordie Boy weakened quickly after making a bad mistake on his hurdling debut. He'd shaped well for a long way and can be anticipated to have come on for the run. Osorios Trial, Mayan Flight and Chappelle Du Roi chased Azure Fly at a respectful distance on their last visit to Stratford and the trio look to have it all to do again.
Engai (GER) 6-4fav (11-0) Mid-division, closed going well 3 out, challenged 2 out, led last, ran on, won at Worcester 2m mdn hdl (5) gd beating Orthodox Lad (11-0) by 2 3/4l, 11 ran.
Professeur Emery (FR) 9-4 (11-0) Made all, took keen hold, clear before last, kept on well, won at Stratford 2m mdn hdl (5) gd beating Macarthur (11-0) by 12l, 14 ran.
Mayan Flight (IRE) 50-1 (11-0) Mid-division, went 7th before 2 out, one pace and never dangerous, 5th of 13, 40l behind Azure Fly (11-0) at Stratford 2m mdn hdl (5) gd.
Osorios Trial 100-1 (11-0) Held up in rear, headway after 3 out, ridden before last, kept on and no impression, 3rd of 13, 34l behind Azure Fly (11-0) at Stratford 2m mdn hdl (5) gd.
Chapelle Du Roi (USA) 66-1 (10-12) Held up mid-division, weakened from 4 out, 9th of 13, well behind Azure Fly (11-0) at Stratford 2m mdn hdl (5) gd.
Geordie Boy 25-1 (10-9) In touch, weakened before 2 out, last of 9, well behind Bright Abbey (10-12) at Stratford 2m nh nov hdl (4) gf in Jun.
Highest Red 20-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, in rear, well behind over 3f out, tailed off, last of 9, well behind Gloriam (9-3) at Wolverhampton 7f 2yo mdn auc stks (6) pol in Oct '11 (flat).