HAY DUDE won a shade more cosily than the narrow winning-margin would suggest at Haydock last time. He gets a tentative vote in a wide-open contest. Tamayuz Star, Ebn Arab and Majestic Moon all have something to prove over today's distance but their form over 7f gives them every chance while King George River should appreciate the drop back to a mile. Enobled has strong claims if a disappointing run at Haydock last time is ignored while the Irish raider Machete Mark and Muharrib are others to consider. Party Royal and Short Squeeze are recent winners but have much more on their plate in this better company.
King George River (IRE) 12-1 (9-4) Held up towards rear, ridden and hung right over 1f out, never dangerous, last of 13, 11l behind Broughton (8-1) at Goodwood 1m 2f 3yo hcp (2) gd.
Hay Dude 5-2fav (9-7) Mid-division, headway and switched right over 1f out, led inside final furlong, kept on well, won at Haydock 1m 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gd beating Yarroom (9-2) by 3/4l, 7 ran.
Ebn Arab (USA) 50-1 (9-2) In touch, ridden 2f out, weakened soon after, 20th of 27, 12l behind Roca Tumu (8-12) at Royal Ascot 1m 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gf in Jun.
Tamayuz Star (IRE) 17-2 (9-7) In touch in rear, ridden over 1f out, kept on towards finish, not troubled leaders, 4th of 7, 1 1/2l behind Seek Again (9-0) at Newmarket 7f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gf.
One Word More (IRE) 100-1 (9-1) Raced centre, chased leaders over 4f, 20th of 21, 22l behind Gale Force Ten (9-1) at Royal Ascot 7f 3yo Grp 3 (1) gf in Jun.
Masarah (IRE) 25-1 (8-12) Chased leader, hung lft 2f out, soon lost 2nd, weakened over 1f out, last of 9, 14l behind Integral (8-12) at Sandown 1m 3yo lst fll (1) gf in Jul.
Ayaar (IRE) 12-1 (9-5) Mid-division, driven and headway on outside over 1f out, ridden to take 3rd inside final furlong, kept on, not reach front pair, 3rd of 10, 2 3/4l behind Correspondent (9-7) at Chester 1m 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gs.
Muharrib (IRE) 8-1 (9-3) Tracked leader, ridden over 2f out, weakened entering final furlong, 12th of 16, 9l behind Majestic Moon (8-9) at Goodwood 7f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gd.
Machete Mark (IRE) 11-2 (9-0) Tracked leader in 2nd, ridden to lead well over 1f out, edged left under pressure early final furlong and soon dropped to 3rd, no impression final 100 yards, 3rd of 18, 2 1/2l behind Tobann (9-3) at Leopardstown 7f hcp gd.
Majestic Moon (IRE) 7-1 (8-9) Made all, ridden over 1f out, just held on last stride, won at Goodwood 7f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gd beating Pythagorean (9-1) by ns, 16 ran.
Equity Risk (USA) 20-1 (8-13) Towards rear, kept on inside final furlong, no impression, 9th of 16, 9l behind Majestic Moon (8-9) at Goodwood 7f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gd.
Enobled 6-5fav (9-7) Tracked leaders, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 6, 11l behind So Beloved (9-5) at Haydock 7f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) fm in May.
Yourartisonfire 10-3fav (8-3) In touch, chased leading pair 2f out, soon ridden and one pace, no impression in 4th inside final furlong, 4th of 10, 6l behind Correspondent (9-7) at Chester 1m 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gs.
Secret Art (IRE) 4-1 (8-9) Dwelt soon tracked leader, ridden to lead narrowly over 1f out, edged left and headed inside final furlong, stayed on, 3rd of 7, 3/4l behind Seek Again (9-0) at Newmarket 7f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gf.
Party Royal 11-2fav (9-3) Tracked leader, led over 1f out, hard ridden inside final furlong, ran on well, won at Brighton 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gf beating Bank On Me (9-6) by nk, 15 ran.
Shrimper Roo 22-1 (9-4) Held up mid-division, ridden over 1f out, one pace and no impression, 5th of 10, 7l behind Big Johnny D (9-2) at Redcar 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Short Squeeze (IRE) 6-1 (8-12) Pulled hard in mid-division, switched left and headway over 2f out, soon chasing leaders, quickened up to lead over 1f out, ran on strongly, won at Sandown 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jul beating Related (9-6) by 3l, 8 ran.