FAST FINIAN scored over C&D before going very close once again back at this track last time. He's up another 2lb but looks more progressive than Cantal. The latter has been placed three times since winning her maiden and is beginning to look a shade high in the weights while Strada Facendo also has a bit to prove back in a handicap having finally got off the mark at Folkestone a fortnight ago. Lady Layla goes well here and found only the selection too good over C&D last month while Electrician showed ability for John Gosden last year and would be of interest if supported in the betting on his first start for new connections.
Electrician 6-1 (8-12) Held up, ridden and weakened over 2f out, behind and eased final furlong, last of 9, 11l behind Crius (8-12) at Newmarket 7f 2yo Grp 3 (1) gf in Sep '11.
North Star Boy (IRE) 13-2 (9-7) Mid-division, ridden 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 10, 13l behind Love Island (8-4) at Ripon 6f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Aug.
Solar Deity (IRE) 8-1 (9-2) Tracked leaders, effort well over 1f out, kept on same pace, 6th of 9, 2 1/2l behind Stirring Ballad (8-8) at Sandown 7f 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Jul.
Fast Finian (IRE) 7-2 (8-13) In touch, good headway to track leaders 2f out, chased winner and hung left over 1f out, continued to hang left inside final furlong, ran on towards finish, 2nd of 11, hd behind Emkanaat (8-9) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Sep.
Gabrial's Gift (IRE) 7-1 (9-6) Restless in stalls, slowly into stride, towards rear, ridden over 3f out, weakened 2f out, eased over 1f out, last of 10, 37l behind Chester Aristocrat (8-11) at Haydock 6f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Aug.
Diamondhead (IRE) 33-1 (8-7) In touch, ridden 2f out, kept on same pace, 8th of 20, 10l behind Heeraat (9-4) at York 6f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gf in Sep.
Cantal 7-2 (9-0) Held up towards rear, ridden over 2f out, kept on final furlong, not pace to challenge, 3rd of 9, 3 1/2l behind Idler (8-12) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Sep.
Strada Facendo (USA) 5-4fav (9-2) Made all, driven clear entering final furlong, easily, won at Folkestone 7f mdn stks (5) gf in Sep beating Last Fighter (9-2) by 4l, 4 ran.
Sheikh The Reins (IRE) 7-1 (8-13) Held up towards rear, ridden over 1f out, never a factor, last of 9, 6l behind We Have A Dream (8-11) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Sep.
Lady Layla 13-8 (8-11) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, stayed on same pace from over 1f out, 4th of 7, 3 1/2l behind Marford Missile (9-2) at Leicester 7f 3yo sll (6) sft in Sep.