Legacy Cup Stakes
Saturday, 23rd September
1. SECRET NUMBER (Saeed bin Suroor/Gerald Mosse)
Smart gelding who showed he retains all his ability when a comfortable winner of a Turkish Group 2 on his return three weeks ago, winning with a bit in hand, but more is required under a penalty in this deeper race, though.
2. FABRICATE (Michael Bell/Jim Crowley)
Put up a smart effort to land a Glorious Goodwood handicap last month and took the step up to Group 3 company in his stride at Windsor since, proving better than ever to beat Spark Plug by one and a quarter lengths. Thriving at present, but a penalty means further progress is demanded in order to complete the hat-trick.
3. ACROSS THE STARS (Sir Michael Stoute/Ryan Moore)
Smart gelding at his best, winning the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot last summer. He's not been at that level so far this season, but his latest Chester second was a step back in right direction, and he can't be ruled out for top yard.
4. DESERT ENCOUNTER (David Simcock/Sean Levey)
Took his form up another notch when winning a listed event at Ascot on his return in May, and improved again when third to Ulysses in the Eclipse at Sandown in July. Probably worth forgiving his run in the King George since and he is a big player returned to these calmer waters.
5. DYLAN MOUTH (Marco Botti/Harry Bentley)
Group 1 winner in Italy, but had been given a chance by the handicapper and he bounced back to something like his best when winning a useful handicap at Haydock in July. He was suited by the return to this trip and being held up in a strongly-run race. Deserves this return to pattern company and holds each-way claims.
6. MY DREAM BOAT (Clive Cox/Adam Kirby)
Game winner of the Prince of Wales's Stakes on soft ground at Royal Ascot last year but he has struggled to make an impact at the highest level on his last two starts. Looked half-hearted in a first-time visor last time and the cheekpieces are back on now. Drop in grade may help.
7. SCARLET DRAGON (Eve Johnson Houghton/Charles Bishop)
Most progressive handicapper last season, winning four times, and has proven he is up to pattern class this season, finishing a good second in a Group 3 at Kempton last time. He's in good heart, has a likeable attitude and should continue to give a good account.
8. SECOND STEP (Roger Charlton/Jamie Spencer)
Notched his second listed win of season at Windsor last month and was also narrowly in front of the reopposing Scarlet Dragon when the pair clashed in a Goodwood Group 3 prior to that. Respected.
9. WHAT ABOUT CARLO (Eve Johnson Houghton/Jimmy Fortune)
He thrives in the mud, as he showed when winning a listed race at this course on his penultimate start, returning to his near best form. Didn't get a chance to show what he can do in a competitive handicap at Goodwood last time, but will likely still prove vulnerable at this level.
10. ARCHITECTURE (Hugo Palmer/Pat Smullen)
Only has a maiden win to her name but she did finish runner-up to Minding in last year's Oaks and performed creditably at the highest level thereafter. Has an 11-month absence to overcome but she is a classy filly, so merits respect.
11. WINGINGIT (Andrew Balding/Rob Hornby)
Progressive in Ireland for Noel Meade this summer, winning twice in handicaps before finishing runner-up in a Leopardstown listed race when last seen in July. Potential for better still for new stable.
Timeform Legacy Cup 1-2-3
1. Desert Encounter
2. Second Set
3. My Dream Boat
Timeform Analyst's Legacy Cup Verdict:
A very competitive Group 3. It might be worth forgiving DESERT ENCOUNTER a below-par run in the King George and he could be the way to go if bouncing back to the form of his Eclipse third. Second Set is most reliable at this sort of level and looks sure to figure again, while My Dream Boat should find this a bit easier than the Group 1s he's contested of late and also makes the shortlist.