Mahican won by nine lengths on soft ground at Chester on Saturday but didn't beat much and will have to defy a penalty to complete his hat-trick. Tinghir is 6lb higher than when scoring on the Polytrack two weeks ago while Tuscania may just be too high in the weights now and was behind Noble Gift at Goodwood. But there should be more to come from ALTHAROOS and the handicapper hasn't overreacted to his narrow victory at Thirsk. Sir Michael Stoute's gelding was value for more than the margin of victory as he was given plenty to do and had to be switched inside the final furlong. Snow Trooper and Daghash have an absence to overcome.
Snow Trooper 9-4fav (9-2) Held up mid-division, ridden and headway over 1f out, one pace, 7th of 11, 6l behind Two For Two (9-7) at Ripon 1m hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Apr.
Altharoos (IRE) 3-1 (9-2) In rear, headway over 2f out, edged left over 1f out, soon ridden, kept on to lead towards finish, won at Thirsk 1m 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gs beating Gabrial's Kaka (9-7) by nk, 8 ran.
Tuscania 20-1 (9-7) Held up towards rear, headway towards inside over 2f out, stayed on to one paced 3rd final 50 yards until last strides, 4th of 10, 5l behind Mister Music (9-10) at Goodwood 1m 1f hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Aug.
Tinghir (IRE) 3-1 (9-4) Tracked leaders, effort on outside 2f out, led over 1f out, ridden and kept on well final furlong, won at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) pol beating Autun (9-7) by 1 3/4l, 7 ran.
Noble Gift 3-1 (9-3) Held up towards rear, pushed along and going nowhere over 2f out, strong run on outer final furlong, went 3rd close home, unable to reach leading pair, 3rd of 10, 4 1/2l behind Mister Music (9-10) at Goodwood 1m 1f hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Aug.
Harry Buckle 9-1 (9-5) Tracked leader, led over 7f out, ridden and headed over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 13, 13l behind Rhombus (9-2) at Thirsk 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) gs.
Mahican (IRE) Evensfav (9-7) Made virtually all, clear from 2f out, eased final 100 yards, won at Chester 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) sft beating Gabrial The Thug (8-7) by 9l, 4 ran.
Daghash 6-1 (8-13) Chased leaders, went 2nd 4f out, driven to challenge 2f out, led over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, soon one pace in 3rd, 3rd of 9, 3 1/2l behind Cactus Valley (9-6) at Windsor 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jun.