Lilbourne Lad's form is hard to knock and he should confirm Phoenix Stakes running with Reply, despite being 3lb worse off here. This was won last year by Approve under a penalty so his task is not an impossible one. Caspar Netscher is another tough juvenile who has been holding his own in top-class company and he has the beating of B Fifty Two and Wise Venture on Newbury running. But there's a just a chance a couple of these will be more progressive at this stage of the season. Burwaaz may be better over 5f, while Diamondhead struggled to land his maiden against a field of newcomers at Newmarket last month. On a line through the runner-up, that gives JUSTINEO his measure and a chance is taken on Willie Haggas' easy Newmarket winner who, being out of a Montjeu mare, should relish this holding ground more than most.
Lilbourne Lad (IRE) 8-1 (9-1) Led and disputed lead, headed under 2f out, soon ridden and no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 9, 2 1/2l behind La Collina (8-12) at Curragh 6f 2yo Grp 1 gd.
B Fifty Two (IRE) (8-11) 98th of 7, 9l behind Calahorra (8-8) at Deauville(FR) 5f 2yo stk.
Burwaaz 7-1 (9-0) Always prominent, ridden over 2f out, every chance inside final furlong, kept on, 2nd of 13, 1 1/4l behind Requinto (9-0) at Goodwood 5f 2yo Grp 3 (1) gd in Jul.
Caspar Netscher 20-1 (9-0) Pulled hard, held up towards rear on rail, headway over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, took 3rd, 3rd of 10, 2 3/4l behind Harbour Watch (9-0) at Goodwood 6f 2yo Grp 2 (1) gf in Jul.
Diamondhead (IRE) 10-11fav (9-3) Made all, set very steady pace, ridden and joined over 1f out, hung left throughout final furlong, stayed on, always holding rival, won at Newmarket 6f 2yo mdn (4) gd in Jul beating Grizzle (9-3) by 3/4l, 5 ran.
Justineo Evensfav (9-3) In rear, switched right halfway, headway 2f out, edged left and led over 1f out, ran on, comfortable, won at Newmarket 6f 2yo mdn (4) gf in Jul beating Go Dutch (9-3) by 2 1/2l, 7 ran.
Reply (IRE) 7-1 (9-1) Prominent, tracked leaders in 4th halfway, no impression in 5th from over 1f out, 5th of 9, 4 1/2l behind La Collina (8-12) at Curragh 6f 2yo Grp 1 gd.
Sardanapalus 5-4fav (9-3) Slowly away and hampered start, headway on outer over 2f out, ridden inside final furlong, led final 50 yards, kept on, won at Hamilton 6f 2yo mdn (5) gd in Jul beating Joshua The First (9-3) by nk, 9 ran.
Wise Venture (IRE) 4-1fav (9-0) Took keen hold, chased leaders, driven over 2f out, weakened 2f out, 9th of 10, 10l behind Saigon (9-0) at Newbury 6f Listed stks 2yo (1) gf in Jul.