The well-bred FANCY MAN overcame greenness to make a winning start here in July, and he built on that when second in Listed company at Salisbury last time, running to a useful level and seeing out the mile trip well, pulling nicely clear of the remainder.
That is the best form on offer in this race and Richard Hannon’s charge looks very much the one to beat.
KHALOOSY looked potentially smart as he ended last season with a comfortable success at Wolverhampton, and he took another step forward when an impressive winner of the Britannia at Royal Ascot on his reappearance – dismissing one who was 7lb well-in and who routed the rest himself.
He failed to repeat that form when upped in grade at Goodwood last time, but excuses can be made for that run (the firm ground in the straight not looking ideal), and he still looks a sure-fire pattern race winner in waiting.
ARTHURIAN FABLE has progressed nicely this term, deservedly getting off the mark at Sandown in July.
He was suited by the step up to this trip, before backing that up with a cracking second in a strongly-contested Melrose Handicap at York last time.
He is developing into a smart middle-distance stayer and is a major player if he continues his forward momentum.
RHYTHMIC INTENT put a disappointing effort behind him when proving better than ever at Newbury last time, relishing the step up to a mile-and-three-quarters as he strode clear in the final furlong.
He is up 6lb for that win but is a likeable colt who goes really well with a bit of cut in the ground, so is a big player now kept at this trip.
ART POWER made it four-in-a-row in the Lacken Stakes at Naas in July, taking the step up to pattern company in his stride, putting up a very smart performance to follow up his Royal Ascot victory in equally emphatic fashion.
He arrived at the Nunthorpe as a horse rapidly on the up but he fluffed his lines on the biggest day, such a sheer test of speed not looking his thing.
His form has a strong look to it though, and hopefully his recent disappointment will prove just a bump in the road, with these conditions likely to show him to much better advantage.
JABBAROCKIE proved better than ever to defy a career-high mark on his return to action at Newmarket in June.
He has run with plenty of credit on each outing since, shaping better than the distance beaten suggests when sixth at York last time, the slightly longer trip just catching him out.
He clearly remains in good form and is worthy of respect back down in trip.
MIKMAK is yet to fire this term, but he did shape as if back in form when third at Ripon last time, the race not really getting to the bottom of him after he was caught too far back over two furlongs out.
He looks to be well handicapped now after edging down the weights and could go well, particularly considering he was successful over this course and distance on heavy ground last summer.
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