Plenty of guesswork needed as to which one of the leading contenders will improve for the step up in trip but EPONASTONE looks likely to do so as she's related to a Group 3 middle-distance winner and wasn't disgraced at Ascot on her latest start. Christingle looked a little one-paced when third over C&D last time but should finish closer today, but doubts surround the staying power of Pontefract fourth Intent. Taglietelle is not certain to last home either on the back of a fifth at Sandown and doesn't look in the same league as his half-brother and stablemate Side Glance.
Stormont Bridge 50-1 (9-10) Mid-division, outpaced over 2f out, stayed on approaching final furlong, never troubled leaders, 4th of 11, 5l behind Evanescent (9-3) at Thirsk 7f mdn stks (5) gf in Jul.
Able Mabel 14-1 (10-5) Held up in rear, headway over 4f out, chased leaders over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 11, well behind Springinherstep (10-12) at Southwell 2m mares n h flat (6) gd in Jul.
Merchants Return 100-1 (9-3) Held up towards rear, ridden 3f out, never dangerous, 6th of 9, 23l behind Educate (9-3) at Yarmouth 1m 2f 3yo mdn aut (6) gf in Jun.
Taglietelle 40-1 (8-9) In rear, ridden and no impression over 2f out, kept on final furlong, never nearer, 5th of 13, 10l behind Invisible Hunter (9-2) at Sandown 1m 3yo & 4yo mdn (5) gf in Jul.
Christingle 4-1 (8-12) Held up in touch, pushed along over 3f out, went 3rd well over 1f out, soon hung left and outpaced by front pair, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 10, 6l behind Maria's Choice (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f mdn auc stks (6) pol in Jul.
Eponastone (IRE) 12-1 (9-0) Mid-division, ridden and headway over 1f out, no impression final furlong, 4th of 14, 5l behind Dalkova (9-0) at Ascot 1m mdn fll stks (4) gd in Jul.
Intent 25-1 (8-12) Towards rear, headway over 2f out, kept on final furlong, nearest finish, 4th of 12, 6l behind Warcrown (9-3) at Pontefract 1m 3yo & 4yo mdn (5) gf in Jul.
Kodiac Island 12-1 (8-12) Led, ridden and headed 2f out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 5, 11l behind Mugazala (8-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 3yo mdn auc stks (6) pol in Jun.
Lea Valley 25-1 (8-9) Mid-division, pushed along halfway, never on terms, 5th of 8, 8l behind Nadema Rose (8-9) at Yarmouth 1m 3yo mdn aut (5) sft in Jul.
Silken Satinwood (IRE) 20-1 (8-12) Chased leaders, driven and outpaced over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 10, 21l behind Serene Oasis (8-12) at Catterick 7f 2yo mdn aut (5) sft in Oct.
Spanish Trail 100-1 (8-3) Held up in touch, reminders halfway, soon lost place, tailed off over 4f out, last of 7, well behind Adili (9-1) at Southwell 1m 4f mdn auc stks (5) fbs in Jul.