Frank Sheridan's Sumner ran better at Kempton earlier this month having disappointed at Doncaster previously and has claims but a better bet looks to be MASLAK, who gets the vote ahead of Amir Pasha. Micky Hammond's gelding has run to a consistent level of form in his last two starts over two miles at Catterick and he has every chance on that evidence but may not appreciate the drop back in trip. Jeff Pearce's Ghufa showed improved form last month with decent efforts at Lingfield, here and at Goodwood and he has claims but is now 4lbs higher than when scoring over course and distance two outings ago and may have to settle for minor honours. Magnitude has a bit to find with Ghufa on running here last month, while Ubi Ace showed little sign of encouragement on his reappearance after a long absence at Beverley last month. The vote then goes the way of Peter Hiatt's Maslak, who has run well in both starts back on turf this season, latterly when a close up second at Windsor and he can go one better today.
Ubi Ace 50-1 (8-10) Held up towards rear, ridden over 1f out, stayed on final furlong, 6th of 13, 6l behind King Fingal (8-9) at Beverley 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in May.
Maslak (IRE) 2-1fav (8-12) Led, pushed along over 2f out, ridden and edged left well over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, no impression towards finish, 2nd of 5, 2 3/4l behind Marju King (8-10) at Windsor 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in May.
Sumner (IRE) 12-1 (9-10) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, went 3rd inside final furlong until last strides, 4th of 13, 2 3/4l behind Tilapia (9-1) at Kempton 1m 4f app hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Ghufa (IRE) 4-1 (8-7) Slowly into stride, pushed along in rear, struggling 3f out, headway when not clear run over 1f out, soon switched left, ran on, nearest finish, 3rd of 9, 1 1/4l behind Seventh Cavalry (9-2) at Goodwood 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) gd in May.
Magnitude 16-1 (8-4) Raced in 5th just off the pace, headway over 4f out, 4th and one pace over 1f out, 4th of 12, 6l behind Ghufa (8-2) at Haydock 1m 4f app hcp 0-70 (5) gf in May.
Amir Pasha (UAE) 15-2 (9-0) Chased leaders, ridden 2f out, every chance inside final furlong, held towards finish, 2nd of 7, 1 1/2l behind Dan's Heir (8-8) at Catterick 2m hcp 0-70 (5) gd in May.
Royal Indulgence 16-1 (9-5) Held up, some progress over 2f out, 6th of 11, 8l behind Zalkani (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp (6) pol in Sep '08.
Fabled Dancer (IRE) 25-1 (8-4) Tracked leader, pushed along 4f out, edged left 2f out, soon weakened, 13th of 14, 16l behind Northern Acres (8-6) at Ripon 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) gd in May.