Lahaag won his maiden at Yarmouth in June and reappeared after a break to win a handicap on softer ground at Nottingham. This is a step up in grade but John Gosden's colt is obviously progressing and shouldn't be far away. Ibtahaj won at Brighton and Kempton earlier in the year but could only manage third behind Jacob Cats when favourite at Newmarket three weeks ago, though is 4lb better off here. Storm King looks vulnerable on these terms but Dubai Sunshine has hit form and was a relatively easy winner over 1m1f at Epsom earlier this month when Lady Macduff and Swing Alone were third and fourth. He has to have some sort of chance but the going will suit CHAPTER SEVEN and Richard Fahey's gelding can take advantage of this slight drop in distance to get back on the winning trail.
Ibtahaj 3-1fav (9-2) Held up, headway over 2f out, not clear run over 1f out, soon switched left, ridden and stayed on to go 3rd near finish, 3rd of 10, 1 1/4l behind Jacob Cats (8-12) at Newmarket 1m hcp 0-100 (2) gf in Sep.
Jacob Cats 10-3 (8-12) Steadied start held up in last place, pushed along over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, headway approaching final furlong, switched left inside final furlong, ran on to lead post, won at Newmarket 1m hcp 0-100 (2) gf in Sep beating Oxford Charley (8-10) by nk, 10 ran.
Storm King 6-1 (8-10) Held up, ridden over 2f out, headway over 1f out, never able to get on terms, 4th of 11, 4l behind Pearl Mix (8-10) at Kempton 1m stks (3yo+) (4) pol in Sep.
Chapter Seven 16-1 (8-6) In touch, pushed along on inside 3f out, headway under pressure to chase leaders over 2f out, ridden and weakened approachiing final furlong, 8th of 16, 9l behind Hajras (8-11) at Newbury 1m 2f hcp 105 (2) gf in Sep.
Lahaag 8-1 (9-7) In touch, headway over 1f out, led inside final furlong, ran on, won at Nottingham 1m 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gs beating Border Legend (9-6) by 3/4l, 13 ran.
Dubai Sunshine (IRE) 25-1 (8-13) Chased leaders, ridden to challenge over 1f out, led inside final furlong, stayed on well and drew clear, won at Epsom Downs 1m 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Sep beating Benzanno (8-10) by 1 1/4l, 9 ran.
Jack Who's He (IRE) 8-1 (8-11) Held up mid-division, headway over 3f out, ridden over 1f out, weakened and eased inside final furlong, 6th of 10, 6l behind Prussian (9-0) at Haydock 1m 2f hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Sep.
Swing Alone (IRE) 10-1 (9-4) Slowly into stride, pulled hard in last trio, pushed along and no impression 3f out, ran on inside final furlong, finished well, just missed 3rd, 4th of 9, 4l behind Dubai Sunshine (8-13) at Epsom Downs 1m 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Sep.
Lady Macduff (IRE) 10-1 (8-11) Tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 9, 2l behind Fire Ship (9-5) at Pontefract 1m 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gs.