Frankie Dettori seems to be targeting the jockey's title this year so given that he'll be on plenty that he feels have a real chance we'll take our lead from the Italian rider and give his mount, LAST SOVEREIGN, the vote in a tight handicap with Ilie Nastase looking a decent bet for a place and Prince Of Thebes should feature in the shake-up. After being allowed to set the pace on his last start the selection duly scored gamely over seven furlongs at this venue. He's up three pounds for the run which seems fair and he should give his running again. Ilie Nastase has run well in defeat off this mark recently and has continued to run well in plating class races and while he looks under too much of a burden to win minor prizes can be forth coming. Prince Of Thebes is a course and distance winner and followed up a win over this trip at Lingfield with a decent run in defeat at that same venue last time. He looks booked to go well again but the handicapper looks to be in charge. Wise Dennis looked much improved when returning from a break last time and will have a chance if building on that while Chapter And Verse is interesting on his seasonal bow after a couple of near misses at the end of last season. Plenty have chances here but Last Sovereign seems to have most in his favour.
Elliptical (USA) 12-1 (8-11) Always in rear, last of 15, well behind Fastnet Storm (8-10) at Nottingham 1m 2f hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Oct.
Calypso Bay (IRE) 4-9fav (9-3) Started slowly, soon tracked leaders on inside, ridden and weakened 2f out, 6th of 11, 8l behind Mooteeah (8-12) at Lingfield 1m 2f 3yo mdn stks (5) pol in May.
Chapter And Verse (IRE) 7-1 (7-13) Slowly into stride, in rear, ridden and headway 2f out, driven, hung left and led 1f out, headed well inside final furlong, 2nd of 7, 1l behind Spinning (8-13) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-100 (2) pol in Nov.
Sonning Gate 14-1 (8-4) Towards rear, ridden over 3f out, never troubled leaders, 9th of 15, 13l behind Desert Creek (7-12) at Haydock 1m 3yo hcp (2) hvy in May.
Ilie Nastase (FR) 5-4fav (9-7) Took keen hold, held up in 7th, good headway on outside over 1f out, sustained run to press leader inside final furlong, chased winner final 100 yards, just outpaced, 2nd of 8, nk behind Hurakan (9-3) at Lingfield 1m 2f clm stks (6) pol in Mar.
Desert Kiss 4-1 (9-9) Tracked leader, led 6f out, ridden 2f out, ran on inside final furlong (disqualified for failing to weigh in at correct weight), in a race won by Desert Kiss (9-9) at Sandown 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Sep, 7 ran.
Den's Gift (IRE) 5-1fav (8-12) Raced wide prominent, ridden 2f out, kept on same pace, 5th of 11, 5l behind Gaily Noble (9-4) at Lingfield 1m app hcp (0-85) (4yo+) (4) pol in Mar.
Wise Dennis 12-1 (8-8) Started slowly, soon pushed alond in rear, headway on inside 2f out, stayed on into 3rd inside final furlong, not pace to reach leading duo, 3rd of 9, 1 3/4l behind Starluck (9-4) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Mar.
Last Sovereign 4-1 (8-11) Made all, set easy pace, quickened over 1f out, joined inside final furlong, ran on, won at Kempton 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Mar beating Caprio (9-1) by 1/2l, 9 ran.
Highly Regal (IRE) 10-1 (9-5) Tracked leader, ridden over 3f out, still every chance over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 8th of 10, 8l behind Mr Willis (8-13) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Nov.
Totally Focussed (IRE) 11-2 (9-4) Mid-division, hampered over 4f out, headway to track leaders 2f out, ridden and kept on one pace, 5th of 12, 4l behind Gaily Noble (8-10) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Feb.
Prince Of Thebes (IRE) 11-1 (8-9) Tracked leader, ridden to lead 2f out, headed towards finish, 2nd of 11, nk behind Gaily Noble (9-4) at Lingfield 1m app hcp (0-85) (4yo+) (4) pol in Mar.
Getcarter 5-2fav (8-13) Held up mid-division, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 12, 12l behind The Kyllachy Kid (9-4) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Nov.
Hereford Boy 33-1 (8-13) Always in rear, 18th of 19, 19l behind Deadly Encounter (8-12) at Doncaster 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Mar.
Block Party 4-1 (8-12) Slowly into stride, headway on inside over 5f out, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened, last of 11, 18l behind Burgundy Ice (9-2) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Oct.
Gallantry 11-1 (8-10) Held up, took keen hold, headway when bumped and squeezed through over 2f out, unable to quicken when squeezed out inside final furlong, 5th of 8, 3 1/2l behind Jake The Snake (8-12) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Mar.