VALERIUS MAXIMUS can fulfil the promise shown on debut at Windsor. Paul Cole sends a lot of his better youngsters to the Knavesmire and considering he was 40/1 on debut it's fair to assume that there will be plenty of improvement to come. Wolf Slayer is the pick of these on official ratings but she hasn't done enough to warrant her rating and a bigger threat should be Forty Proof for whom the return to six furlongs is a positive. Blinkers needs to improve El Viento, whilst Rojo Boy and Bunce are more exposed but each is respected from their form earlier in the season.
Bunce (IRE) 9-2 (9-3) Led, headed over 4f out, ridden over 2f out, weakened quickly over 1f out, 15th of 16, 26l behind Blaze Of Thunder (9-3) at Haydock 6f 2yo mdn (5) gd in Jul.
El Viento (FR) 20-1 (8-11) Mid-division far side, lost place over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, never on terms, 9th of 16, 8l behind Murbeh (8-11) at Ripon 6f 2yo aut (2) gd in Aug.
Forty Proof (IRE) 15-2 (9-3) Chased leaders, slightly hampered just over 2f out, switched right inside final furlong, soon 3rd and kept on same pace, 3rd of 13, 1 3/4l behind Jerrazzi (9-3) at Sandown 5f 2yo mdn (5) gd in Aug.
Rojo Boy 7-2 (9-1) Slowly into stride, held up in rear, headway and not clear run from over 2f out until switched right over 1f out, stayed on to take 3rd well inside final furlong, nearest finish, 3rd of 14, 2 3/4l behind Song Of The Siren (8-4) at Folkestone 7f 2yo mdn aut (5) gd in Aug.
Valerius Maximus 40-1 (8-10) Led, raced more towards stands side until hung left to join main group over 2f out, riden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, soon no chance with winner, 2nd of 11, 1l behind Invincible Ridge (9-3) at Windsor 6f 2yo mdn (5) gs in Aug.
Christine's Gold (IRE) 40-1 (8-12) Tracked winner until ridden over 1f out, weakening when hampered 1f out, last of 9, 23l behind Lexi's Hero (9-3) at Pontefract 5f 2yo mdn (4) gd in Aug.
Cottam Stella 14-1 (9-0) Slowly into sride, soon outpaced, ridden over 2f out, stayed on under pressure from over 1f out, never near leaders, 4th of 7, 9l behind Barefoot Lady (9-0) at Beverley 5f 2yo fll mdn (4) gf in Aug.
Ice Girl 33-1 (8-6) Slowly into stride, mid-division, weakened over 1f out, 15th of 19, 20l behind Sweet Cheeks (8-6) at York 6f 2yo sll (4) gd in Jun.
Katiesister 18-1 (8-3) In rear and badly outpaced, struggling from halfway, last of 6, 8l behind Upark Flyer (8-1) at Musselburgh 5f 2yo sll (6) gd in Aug.
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Wolf Slayer 9-2 (8-12) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, lost 2nd and weakened inside final furlong, 4th of 10, 7l behind Sadafiya (8-12) at Wolverhampton 6f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Aug.