MUFTARRES can reward his handler's patience by taking another step forwards here; he may have most to fear from Mullein and Bonnie Prince Blue with Arabian Art another to consider. Muftarres didn't make his debut until June of this year but showed promise and duly won modest contests on his next two starts. He looked a little green when showing improved form in defeat at Newbury and produced another sound performance when dropped back to five furlongs at Sandown. He seems in need of this trip now and has the fast ground that he requires and can continue his education here. Mullein is feared most as Ralph Beckett's filly was strongly fancied to win Ayr's Silver Cup only to flounder in the heavy ground. Conditions here are currently riding fast but rain is forecast and her form suggests that if the ground rides good or easier then that will be to her advantage. She still appeals as being well treated and will be fancied to go close. Arabian Art was doing all of her best work in the closing stages over five furlongs at Leicester and will be more effective at this longer trip whilst Bonnie Prince Blue showed signs of returning to form at Doncaster when staying on from off the pace. He has slipped back down to a winning mark and could run a big race but we'll take a chance with Muftarres.
Crying Aloud (USA) 13-2 (8-9) Very slow away, soon well behind, never dangerous, last of 7, 17l behind Bond City (8-13) at Haydock 6f stk 0-90 (3) hvy in Sept.
Obe Gold 50-1 (9-7) Mid-division stands' side group, ridden 3f out, soon beaten, 25th of 27, 21l behind Against The Grain (9-0) at Ayr 6f hcap (2) hvy in Sept.
Mullein 6-1fav (9-0) Led stands' side group, headed over 1f out, soon weakened, 16th of 27, 11l behind Against The Grain (9-0) at Ayr 6f hcap (2) hvy in Sept.
Jeninsky (USA) 9-1 (9-4) Held up in touch, headway 2f out, led over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, unable to quicken, 2nd of 10, 1l behind Myanmar (8-9) at Sandown 7f 3yo hcp (4) sft in Sept.
Mango Music 3-1 (9-5) Led, headed halfway, driven over 1f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 9, 4 1/2l behind Persian Sea (9-5) at Pontefract 6f fll hcp 0-90 (3) gs in Sept.
Bazroy (IRE) 6-1fav (9-0) Prominent, ridden and challenged over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 10th of 15, 7l behind Kelamon (8-8) at Salisbury 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Topflightcoolracer 25-1 (9-1) Towards rear, ridden when badly hampered over 1f out, no chance after, 12th of 14, 12l behind Wyatt Earp (9-1) at Chester 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Sept.
Bonnie Prince Blue 16-1 (8-10) Held up, headway over 2f out, kept on, not trouble leaders, 9th of 21, 9l behind Main Aim (9-4) at Doncaster 6f hcap (3) sft in Sept.
Gallery Girl (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, effort halfway, weakened approaching final furlong, 3rd of 11, 3l behind Tony The Tap (9-1) at Leicester 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Sept.
Charles Darwin (IRE) 12-1 (9-5) Chased leaders to halfway, weakened quickly over 2f out, 14th of 15, 17l behind Peter Island (9-1) at Goodwood 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Sept.
Arabian Art (USA) 8-1 (8-12) Chased leaders, hard driven and effort halfway, kept on same pace final furlong, 4th of 11, 3l behind Tony The Tap (9-1) at Leicester 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Sept.
Ice Planet 13-2 (9-0) Held up, ridden over 2f out, one pace, 8th of 12, 4 1/2l behind Hotham (8-12) at Ayr 5f hcap (4) hvy in Sept.
Muftarres (IRE) 4-1fav (9-6) Held up towads rear, outpaced halfway, stayed on, never nearer, 5th of 12, 2 1/2l behind Ridge Wood Dani (9-4) at Sandown 5f 3yo hcp (4) gd in Aug.
Restless Genius (IRE) 20-1 (9-2) Raced keenly in touch, ridden and weakened 1f out, 10th of 13, 7l behind Earlsmedic (8-7) at Newmarket 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Aug.
Quest For Success (IRE) 33-1 (9-1) Slowly into stride, soon in touch, weakened over 3f out, last of 14, 36l behind Great Charm (9-2) at Haydock 6f 3yo hcp (3) sft in Jul.
Tadalavil 9-1 (8-12) Prominent, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened, 13th of 15, 10l behind Kelamon (8-8) at Salisbury 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Glasshoughton 40-1 (8-11) Mid-division stands' side group, driven over 2f out, no impression, 13th of 27, 10l behind Against The Grain (9-0) at Ayr 6f hcap (2) hvy in Sept.