A wide open handicap in which we'll chance our luck with IMAAM, but Laudatory and Dalradian come into calculations too. John Gosden's colt broke his maiden at the fifth time of asking last time out following a string of seconds, and steps into handicap company for the first time. That first run this year certainly showed he'd trained on well, and he's racing off a fair mark, with four pounds in hand on the top weight Laudatory. He finished out of the frame last time out after finding some trouble in running, but he ran a good race when chasing a hat-trick. As with Imaam, it's a slight step up in trip, but that looks to be a positive. Dalradian's from a family of winners, but his only success to date has come on the Polytrack. He may not be the most straightforward of rides though. It's one of those competitive handicaps in which we wouldn't be surprised what wins, but our preference is for the in-form Imaam.
Laudatory 5-4fav (9-3) Towards rear, edged left when not clear run from over 1f out, hard ridden and not reached leaders, 4th of 8, 2 1/4l behind Seek N' Destroy (8-13) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-90 (3) gf.
Eastern Empire 11-1 (9-0) Made all, shaken up over 1f out, ran on well, won at Goodwood 1m mdn stks (5) gf beating Jesse James (9-0) by 3/4l, 12 ran.
Star Links (USA) 12-1 (9-2) Soon led, ridden over 1f out, headed and no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 10, 2 3/4l behind Forte Dei Marmi (8-8) at Goodwood 1m 1f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Sapphire Prince (USA) 25-1 (9-7) Keen, held up, ridden halfway, weakened 2f out, 8th of 10, 16l behind Calahonda (8-12) at Yarmouth 7f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Sep.
Baycat (IRE) 25-1 (9-4) In touch, ridden 2f out, kept on until weakened final furlong, 8th of 12, 16l behind Dark Lane (8-13) at Haydock 6f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Outofoil (IRE) 12-1 (9-3) Towards rear, chased along halfway, some late headway, never troubled leaders, 8th of 15, 10l behind Harry Patch (9-0) at Doncaster 6f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Nov.
Imaam 4-5fav (8-11) Always going well, quickened to lead well over 1f out, soon clear, won at Folkestone 7f mdn stks (5) gs in Mar beating My Flame (9-12) by 7l, 12 ran.
Dalradian (IRE) 7-2 (9-4) Held up, smooth headway approaching 2f out, ridden and every chance 1f out, one pace inside final furlong, 2nd of 8, 1 3/4l behind Roar Of Applause (8-7) at Chepstow 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Yellow Printer 9-4fav (8-13) Led, headed over 1f out, no extra and hung right inside final furlong, 3rd of 6, 3 1/2l behind Mister Dee Bee (9-0) at Warwick 1m 3yo hcp (4) fm.
Take The Micky 20-1 (8-13) Slowly away, held up in rear, brief effort on inside over 2f out, 7th of 11, 7l behind Mirrored (8-13) at Kempton 1m 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Apr.
George Rex (USA) 12-1 (9-3) Close up until lost place 5f out, behind after, last of 14, 42l behind Redding Colliery (9-3) at Kempton 7f 2yo mdn stks (4) pol in Oct.
Hypnotist (UAE) 7-2 (8-12) In touch, ridden 2f out, headway over 1f out, keeping on when switched left close home, 2nd of 11, hd behind Secret Witness (8-12) at Lingfield 7f mdn stks (5) pol.