CLAIM kept on really well to get off the mark over 7f at Beverley last month on only his second start. Open to plenty of further improvement, he'll have no problem lasting out the extra furlong on this easier track and looks the one to beat. A Certain Romance didn't look entirely straightforward at Goodwood last time but wouldn't be the first to run badly at the Sussex course and shouldn't be ignored. Astrosapphire ran his best race so far there last month, however, while Bartack has hinted at ability in his three runs but is possibly a shade high in the weights. That may also be the case with Medicoe, who was a beaten favourite at York last time and is a pound higher here.
A Certain Romance 14-1 (9-0) Raced very wide, chased leading pair, losing place when racing awkwardly and hampered over 2f out, behind and eased over 1f out, last of 13, 26l behind Aussie Reigns (7-10) at Goodwood 7f 2yo hcp (2) gd in Aug.
Medicoe 5-1fav (8-11) Close up, led halfway, headed over 2f out, hampered over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 12, 2 3/4l behind Old Man Clegg (7-10) at York 7f 2yo hcp (2) gs in Aug.
Claim 3-1fav (9-3) Led 2f, tracked leader, led again 3f out, ridden and headed appraoching final furlong, rallied and stayed on gamely to regain lead final 100 yards, won at Beverley 7f 2yo mdn (5) gf in Aug beating Athman (9-3) by nk, 10 ran.
Bartack (IRE) 17-2 (9-3) Chased leaders, under pressure halfway, never able to challenge, 4th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Shebebi (9-3) at Folkestone 7f 2yo mdn (5) gf.
Astrosapphire 12-1 (8-12) Tracked leaders, ridden to chase winner 2f out, no impression final furlong, 2nd of 6, 2l behind Pearl Castle (9-3) at Goodwood 1m 2yo mdn (4) gd in Aug.
Jathabah (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, went 2nd over 4f out until pushed along 3f out, chased leaders until weakened over 1f out, 5th of 9, 8l behind Fleeting Smile (9-0) at Ascot 7f 2yo stks (4) fm in Jul.
Open Letter (IRE) 25-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, switched sharply left over 2f out, soon weakened, 15th of 17, 14l behind Annie's Fortune (9-0) at Goodwood 7f 2yo stks (2) gd in Aug.