Expressionist back in the big picture at Sandown
Expressionist blew any chance of Royal Ascot glory at the start, but he can redeem himself in the Listed Dragon Stakes at Sandown.
Charlie Appleby's charge made quite a splash on his debut when running out a ready three-quarter-length winner at Ascot in May and hopes were high that he could follow up at last month's Royal meeting.
However, the writing was on the wall just seconds into the Norfolk Stakes as Expressionist missed the break badly and was immediately up against it.
James Doyle had to settle in behind, and the gaps did not really come when he needed them, and Expressionist just could not get involved, finishing a six-length ninth.
This Night Of Thunder colt is not one to give up on yet, though, and is well worth another try in easier company on Friday.
Royal Line also catches the eye as he makes a belated start to the season in the other Listed heat in Esher, the Davies Insurance Services Gala Stakes.
BELLEWSTOWN: 5.10 Cursu Mina, 5.45 Yuften, 6.15 Sunset Nova, 6.45 Wild Bob Cat, 7.20 Aasleagh Fawn, 7.50 Lethal Steps, 8.25 Act Of God, 8.55 Shake The Bucket.
BEVERLEY: 6.10 Last Glance, 6.40 Living In The Past, 7.15 Mr Cool Cash, 7.45 Hector's Here, 8.20 Ginger Jam, 8.50 Agravain.
CHELMSFORD: 5.25 Mass Media, 6.00 Prince Rock, 6.30 Ed Cuvee, 7.05 Nahaarr, 7.35 Beauty Of Deira, 8.10 Dapper Man, 8.40 Murhib.
DONCASTER: 2.00 Lorna Cole, 2.30 Royal Commando, 3.05 Lyzbeth, 3.35 Jalaad, 4.10 Arctic Ocean, 4.45 Champ Ayr, 5.15 Albert Boy.
HAYDOCK: 5.50 Little India, 6.20 Pendleton, 6.55 Celsius, 7.25 Lola Paige, 8.00 Olivia R, 8.30 Absolutio, 9.00 Joyful Mission.
NEWTON ABBOT: 1.40 Parody, 2.10 The Jam Man, 2.40 Court Duty, 3.15 Petrify, 3.45 Definite Winner, 4.20 River Of Intrigue, 4.55 Marzano.
SANDOWN: 1.50 Beyond Equal, 2.20 EXPRESSIONIST (NAP), 2.55 Riot, 3.25 Royal Line, 4.00 Jazeel, 4.35 Unit Of Assessment, 5.05 Lunar Deity.
WEXFORD: 5.35 Lowtown Charlie, 6.05 Guttural, 6.35 Barna Venture, 7.10 Plan Of Attack, 7.40 Peregrine Run, 8.15 Tiantu, 8.45 Lilac Rose.
DOUBLE: Expressionist and Royal Line.