KHAZIUM started favourite on soft ground at Lingfield last time but could only manage third place, though today's rival Siouxperhero was well behind. A faster surface and first-time headgear will sharpen him up here and Pat Eddery's charge can open his account. Poetic Lord finished a modest sixth on his debut at Sandown where Captain Cardington trailed home in last place, but should improve for the experience while the newcomers Alborz and Lady Bellatrix are both related to winners and are worth noting in the betting.
Alborz (IRE) Dubai Destination colt out of Mount Elbrus.
Captain Cardington (IRE) 20-1 (9-3) Slowly away, always in rear, tailed off, last of 10, 41l behind John Lightbody (9-3) at Sandown 7f 2yo mdn (5) gd.
Khazium (IRE) 13-8fav (9-0) Chased leaders, ridden to lead over 1f out, soon hung left, headed inside final furlong, no extra and lost 2nd close home, 3rd of 9, 1 1/2l behind Fire Ship (8-9) at Lingfield 7f 2yo mdn aut (6) sft.
Poetic Lord 6-1 (9-3) Slightly hampered start, tracked leading pair on inside, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 10, 9l behind John Lightbody (9-3) at Sandown 7f 2yo mdn (5) gd.
Siouxperhero (IRE) 20-1 (8-13) Outpaced in rear, never dangerous, 8th of 9, 17l behind Fire Ship (8-9) at Lingfield 7f 2yo mdn aut (6) sft.
Lady Bellatrix Singspiel filly out of Humility.