A competitive race for decent money and APOLLO D'NEGRO makes appeal from the lower reaches of the weights. His best effort of the campaign came in a high quality Newmarket sprint with a respectable sixth place behind Majestic Myles, since when he has filled the minor placing in a decent Goodwood sprint. He's down 1lb for that effort and looks on a workable mark. Da Ponte enjoyed the softer conditions when scoring at Goodwood for his in-form yard over this trip but he has also won on quick ground and could well be on the upgrade. Close To The Edge and Barkston Ash have done their respective connections proud this term and should continue to do so but the handicapper is making life increasingly difficult for the pair of them.
Restless Bay (IRE) 8-1 (9-7) In rear, headway on outer over 1f out , ridden and stayed on to go 2nd near finish, 2nd of 6, 1l behind Pick A Little (9-1) at Bath 5f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Jun.
Strictly Pink (IRE) 8-1 (9-4) Towards rear, headway over 2f out, ridden and every chance over 1f out, no extra and lost 2nd place last 50 yards, 3rd of 7, 6l behind Namwahjobo (9-2) at Ayr 6f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gs in Jun.
Penny's Pearl (IRE) 25-1 (9-4) In touch, ridden and weakened over 2f out, last of 8, 10l behind Barnet Fair (9-7) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jun.
Da Ponte 13-2 (9-5) Chased leaders, led well over 1f out, went right over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, won at Goodwood 6f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Jun beating Aristeia (8-12) by 1/2l, 11 ran.
Close To The Edge (IRE) 5-1 (9-0) Reared start and slow into stride, headway to chase leaders halfway, led over 1f out, idled inside final furlong, ridden and ran on, won at Pontefract 6f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Jun beating I Got You Babe (8-7) by 1 1/2l, 11 ran.
Barkston Ash 9-4fav (8-2) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, no extra 1f out, 5th of 7, 10l behind Lord Avon (9-3) at Chester 5f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Jun.
Roman Dancer (IRE) 11-4 (9-7) In touch in rear, ridden halfway, stayed on to go 2nd final strides, 2nd of 5, 2l behind Pick A Little (8-12) at Folkestone 6f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jun.
Apollo D'negro (IRE) 9-2 (8-9) Steadied start, held up in last trio, headway over 2f out, stayed on to 3rd approaching final furlong, kept on same pace inside final furlong, never able to challenge, 3rd of 8, 1 1/2l behind St Augustine (9-3) at Goodwood 6f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jun.
Whipphound 22-1 (8-11) In rear, headway and not clear run over 1f out, switched right, kept on final furlong, 5th of 9, 8l behind Regimental (8-2) at Haydock 7f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Jun.