BATELEUR keeps plugging away and a second over C&D last time suggests his turn to win is not far away. It could be today and he gets the token vote ahead of Kinigi, who is dropping down a grade here and Simple Rhythm, who scored at Lingfield last month. C&D winner Athwaab is not without a chance and Commandingpresence could make the frame while Stonecrabstomorrow has the past form to figure. Pocket's Pick is inconsistent and hard to fancy however.
Kinigi (IRE) 33-1 (8-5) In touch, ridden 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 14th of 19, 7l behind Time Medicean (8-2) at Newmarket 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Athwaab 7-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, ridden 2f out, one pace final furlong, 6th of 12, 6l behind Francis Albert (8-6) at Nottingham 5f hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Commandingpresence (USA) 13-2 (8-13) Mid-division, switched right and headway 2f out, kept on one pace final furlong, 5th of 9, 5l behind Sermons Mount (9-6) at Goodwood 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Simple Rhythm 7-2fav (9-0) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, kept on under pressure inside final furlong, never going pace to threaten, 5th of 12, 2 3/4l behind Minety Lass (9-1) at Windsor 6f hcp 0-65 (6) gf.
Pocket's Pick (IRE) 15-2 (9-3) Soon led, edging right and reminder over 2f out, headed entering final 2f, weakened over 1f out, last of 6, 11l behind Bobby's Doll (9-7) at Brighton 5f hcp 0-65 (6) gf.
Bateleur 3-1 (8-10) Slowly into stride, outpaced in 5th, headway 2f out, chased winner and edged left over 1f out, no extra final 120 yards, 2nd of 6, 1 3/4l behind Bobby's Doll (9-7) at Brighton 5f hcp 0-65 (6) gf.
Stonecrabstomorrow (IRE) 4-1fav (8-13) Held up in rear, not clear run and switched left towards inside over 1f out, keeping on on same pace when not clearest of runs inside final furlong, ran out of room and eased near finish, 6th of 8, 4l behind Ridgeway Sapphire (8-7) at Brighton 6f hcp 0-60 (6) gf.