RAMBLING LIGHT made an encouraging re-appearance and can claim this competitive handicap, with recent winner Lodi and Desert Dreamer best of the rest. Though running with credit since scoring at Windsor a year ago, Lodi had failed to win off a lofty handicap mark until scoring in smooth fashion at Lingfield last week. Only 4lbs higher here, he will have had his confidence boosted. A winner at Warwick two outings ago, Desert Dreamer is unusually consistent and rarely out of the frame. The handicapper has been lenient, and another good run is expected. A winner at Windsor last year, Rambling Light travelled well for much of the way on his re-appearance, before fading, probably through lack of fitness. He has come down the handicap following his winless run, and Rambling Light can shine once more.
Kirk Michael 10-1 (9-1) Held up towards rear, steady headway on outside over 1f out, sustained run inside final furlong, finished well to take 2nd well inside final furlong, 2nd of 16, 1/2l behind Woodcote Place (9-3) at Goodwood 7f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in May.
Wellington Square 10-1 (9-3) Held up, soon switched left after start, never dangerous, 13th of 16, 21l behind Spring Jim (9-5) at York 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in May.
Lodi (IRE) 9-2 (9-3) Held up in touch, ridden to lead just over 1f out, ran on strongly, edged right, ridden out, won at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in May beating Credit Swap (9-3) by 3/4l, 11 ran.
Imprimis Tagula (IRE) 6-1 (9-7) Prominent, led over 3f out, pushed along over 1f out, eased near finish, won at Southwell 7f clm stks (6) fbs beating Hits Only Jude (9-6) by 1 1/4l, 13 ran.
Phluke 8-1 (9-2) Chased leader to over 2f out, soon weakened, 6th of 12, 9l behind Desert Kiss (9-7) at Kempton 1m app hcp (0-70) (4yo+) (5) pol.
To Be Or Not To Be 7-2 (8-13) Slowly away, headway halfway, chased leader over 2f out, led over 1f out, ridden and ran on, won at Yarmouth 7f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in May beating Mudhish (8-11) by 4l, 7 ran.
Seneschal 16-1 (8-9) Held up in rear, headway and squeezed through on inner over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, never nearer, 4th of 15, 5l behind King's Wonder (9-3) at Goodwood 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in May.
Councellor (FR) 8-1 (8-8) Towards rear, pushed along over 3f out, no headway until stayed on from over 1f out, went 2nd near finish, 2nd of 15, 3 1/2l behind King's Wonder (9-3) at Goodwood 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in May.
Desert Dreamer (IRE) 8-1 (8-12) Dwelt, behind, headway 2f out, soon ridden, stayed on to chase winner inside final furlong, no impression, 2nd of 11, 2 1/2l behind Splash The Cash (8-5) at Catterick 7f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in May.
Idle Power (IRE) 16-1 (8-7) In touch, ridden 2f out, kept on same pace, 5th of 8, 3 1/2l behind For Life (8-1) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in May.
Koraleva Tectona (IRE) 7-1 (10-0) Towards rear, ridden 3f out, soon weakened, 7th of 12, 7l behind Cumana Bay (9-2) at Newbury 7f (5) gf in May.
Rambling Light 7-2fav (8-8) Tracked leading pair, poised to challenge, going well 2f out, ridden over 1f out, found no extra inside final furlong, weakened, 4th of 9, 2 1/4l behind Mujood (8-12) at Goodwood 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gf in May.
King's Caprice 50-1 (8-8) Soon led, pushed along and headed 3f out, ridden and weakened inside final 2f, 12th of 15, 10l behind King's Wonder (9-3) at Goodwood 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in May.
Ivory Lace 11-4fav (9-5) In touch, steady headway from over 1f out, ran on to close on leaders near finish, kept on, 3rd of 6, 3/4l behind Golden Prospect (8-3) at Brighton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) gd.