Kieren Fallon has some excellent rides today and STAR COMMANDER is certainly amongst them. Mark Tompkins' charge showed promise in his first season and very nearly made a winning reappearance at Goodwood where he was caught in the dying strides by Four Nations after taking the lead well inside the final furlong. Compensation awaits here though Blue Destination and Zakon are worthy opponents. The former was strongly fancied at Musselburgh in October but found Our Dynasty just too good while the latter was staying on strongly over 1m1f at Wolverhampton last time and will be suited by the extra. James Fanshawe's newcomer Fairest Isle is one to keep an eye on as she's bred to be decent at this trip.
Blue Destination 5-4fav (9-3) Chased leaders, every chance over 1f out, edged right under pressure, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 2nd of 11, 1l behind Our Dynasty (9-0) at Musselburgh 1m 2yo mdn (3) gs in Oct.
Divinite Green (IRE) 2-1fav (8-10) Held up mid-division, headway over 3f out, soon under pressure and no impression, 4th of 9, 16l behind Diamond Vision (8-10) at Yarmouth 1m 2f mdn auc stks (6) gf in Apr.
Sit Tight Act One gelding out of Tease.
Speed Dancer 16-1 (8-10) Held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, soon weakened, 7th of 9, 17l behind Diamond Vision (8-10) at Yarmouth 1m 2f mdn auc stks (6) gf in Apr.
Star Commander 14-1 (9-5) In touch, headway on outside 3f out, chasing leaders when hung right from inside final 2f, narrow lead final 120 yards, not pace of winner and headed close home, 2nd of 17, nk behind Four Nations (9-2) at Goodwood 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Apr.
Who Loves Ya Baby 100-1 (9-0) Chased leaders early, gradually lost place after 3f, 9th of 10, 18l behind Commended (9-0) at Newmarket 7f 3yo mdn (4) gf in Apr.
Zakon (IRE) 11-2 (9-3) Held up in touch, headway 2f out, chased winner well over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 2nd of 7, 3/4l behind Fadhaa (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 3yo mdn auc stks (6) pol in Apr.
Fairest Isle (IRE) Intikhab filly out of Eilean Shona.
Newby Lodge (IRE) 5-1 (8-12) Dwelt, soon in touch and keen, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 9, 11l behind Eternal Ruler (9-3) at Ayr 1m 2yo mdn (4) gs in Oct.