The promising DEACON BLUES can prove top of the pops in this contest with Street Power and Angus Newz amongst those that can fill the minor places. The selection duly confirmed the promise of his debut when bolting up later in the same month and looked a nice prospect from a family that his trainer knows well. His reappearance at Doncaster was satisfactory whilst connections felt that they hadn't quite got the tactics right when he was beaten at Nottingham next time and there appears to be little that he has to fear in this line-up. Angus Newz is on a fair mark and not running too badly this season so merits respect having made the frame on all three runs at this track whilst Street Power's latest run is probably best ignored and he had a progressive profile prior to that blip and is unexposed on turf. Fantasy Gladiator has more to do from a 5lb higher mark in this company than he did when beating Dvisnky at Kempton in September and is probably best watched as Deacon Blues is strongly fancied to fill the number one spot.
Street Power (USA) 16-1 (8-6) Held up in rear, always behind, 23rd of 29, 12l behind Dandy Boy (8-13) at Ascot 7f hcp (2) gf in May.
Angus Newz 10-1 (8-4) Led, ridden over 2f out, headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 9th of 11, 12l behind Noverre To Go (8-11) at Newmarket 6f hcp 0-100 (2) gd in May.
Bel Cantor 16-1 (8-12) Led beiefly, prominent, weakened over 2f out, 11th of 12, 15l behind Trans Sonic (8-8) at Southwell 7f hcp (0-90) (3) fbs in May.
Fantasy Gladiator 9-2 (8-13) Chased leaders, ridden to lead 1f out, ran on, won at Kempton 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Sep beating Dvinsky (9-6) by 1 1/2l, 12 ran.
Vhujon (IRE) 28-1 (8-7) Slowly into stride, in rear, ridden over 1f out, never nearer, 9th of 15, 8l behind Anne Of Kiev (8-13) at Windsor 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in May.
Deacon Blues 2-1fav (8-4) Held up in rear, headway over 2f out, ridden to challenge and squeezed through over 1f out, soon led, edged right inside final furlong, headed towards finish, 2nd of 10, 1 1/4l behind Folly Bridge (8-6) at Nottingham 6f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gd in May.
Hatta Stream (IRE) 33-1 (8-12) In touch, ridden over 2f out, soon outpaced, stayed on inside final furlong, no threat, 8th of 15, 6l behind Anne Of Kiev (8-13) at Windsor 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in May.
Desert Falls 18-1 (8-13) Raced keen, tracked to leader to 5f out, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 9, 11l behind Summer Dancer (9-3) at Beverley 7f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in May.