UNIVERSAL skated up against older horses at Ripon last week and looks to be on the upgrade. Mark Johnston's colt can defy his penalty at the main expense of Fluctuate, who got off the mark over a slightly shorter trip here in April and didn't run at all badly at Ascot last month considering he was returning from a break. Savanna Days has some decent form to her name but didn't appear to get home over a similar trip at Goodwood last time while Zimira is now tried in blinkers having shown little so far this year. Prince Alzain is eased in grade but needs to step up on recent efforts to land this under top weight.
Prince Alzain (USA) 9-1 (9-0) Held up in touch, headway over 2f out, chased leaders inside final 2f, ridden over 1f out, soon weakened, 8th of 11, 7l behind Chil The Kite (9-1) at Ascot 1m 3yo hcp (2) gd in Jul.
Fluctuate (USA) 11-10fav (9-6) Held up in last quartett and off the pace, pushed along and struggling 3f out, switched left over 2f out, ridden and edged left inside final 2f, stayed on to 5th inside final furlong, not reach leaders, 5th of 9, 2 3/4l behind Hefner (9-3) at Ascot 1m hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Jul.
Universal (IRE) 7-1 (8-13) Prominent, ridden over 4f out, switched left over 3f out, led over 2f out, edged right over 1f out, ran on well to draw clear inside final furlong, won at Ripon 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gs beating Demolition (9-8) by 4l, 11 ran.
Zimira (IRE) 20-1 (9-1) Tracked leaders, lost place over 2f out, soon weakened, eased inside final furlong, last of 12, 40l behind Maven (9-1) at York 1m 2f flls hcp 0-130 (3) gf in Jul.
Savanna Days (IRE) 10-1 (8-10) In touch, effort over 2f out, driven and chased leaders over 1f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 7th of 16, 5l behind My Queenie (9-4) at Goodwood 1m 1f flls hcp 0-95 (3) gd.