Dark Lane caught DEERSLAYER in the final strides at Kempton earlier this month. The former has since been well beaten, but the latter went on to win easily at Folkestone and Richard Guest's charge is taken to reverse the form here. Brynfa Boy and Olynard have a bit to find with the two principals on Kempton running, but Polemica and Simple Rhythm arrive in decent form though have it all to do on today's terms. Two Bucks More showed nothing on his debut at Southwell and is easily dismissed.
Dark Lane 10-1 (9-5) Held up towards rear, pushed along halfway, headway over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, never troubled leaders, 4th of 9, 4 1/2l behind Noverre To Go (8-13) at Warwick 6f sell stks (5) gf.
Deerslayer (USA) 7-4fav (9-7) Made all, ridden over 1f out, ran on, won at Folkestone 7f sell stks (6) gf beating Bennelong (9-5) by 3 1/2l, 6 ran.
Polemica (IRE) 14-1 (9-2) Took keen hold, soon mid-division, headway over 1f out, chased winner final furlong, soon switched right, kept on towards finish, 2nd of 10, 1 1/2l behind Glenridding (9-3) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-70 (5) pol.
Simple Rhythm 7-4fav (8-11) Tracked leader, led over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on same pace, 2nd of 4, 1 3/4l behind Imaginary Diva (8-8) at Yarmouth 5f fll hcp (5) sft.
Brynfa Boy 3-1 (8-11) Steadied start, held up in touch, ridden over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, took 3rd last stride, 3rd of 7, 3 1/2l behind Dark Lane (8-7) at Kempton 6f Classified Claiming Stakes (0-75) (3-5yo) (6) pol.
Olynard (IRE) 15-2 (8-13) Led, ridden and headed over 2f out, soon lost place, eased final furlong, last of 5, 28l behind Go Go Green (8-13) at Thirsk 6f Selling Stakes (0-75) (3yo+) (6) gs.
Two Bucks More 28-1 (8-9) Chased leaders on outside, ridden 2f out, soon weakened, 7th of 8, 16l behind Upper Lambourn (9-8) at Southwell 5f 3yo clm stks (6) fbs in Jul.