Barachiel is facing a tougher task than when scoring over track and trip a fortnight ago and the same comment applies to Arashi, who won a lower grade race here last time. Ascalon went close over course and distance on his latest start but that was back in November and Fulgora remains as unreliable as ever after throwing in another bad one at Lingfield last time. The latter was tailed off on that occasion behind the third Joe The Coat and runner-up STORY WRITER. Bill Knight's charge just failed to catch the winner and Ryan Moore's presence in the saddle suggests he's expected to go one better in this.
Foster's Road 5-1 (9-1) In touch in rear, headway on inner to press winner when short of room and hit rail entering final 3f, rallied over 1f out, stayed on to go 2nd inside final furlong, gaining on winner near finish, 2nd of 5, 3/4l behind Bounty Seeker (9-4) at Yarmouth 2m hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jun.
Mexicali (IRE) 10-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 9, 45l behind Mr Snoozy (8-6) at Doncaster 1m 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Jun.
All Annalena (IRE) 9-1 (9-6) Slowly away in touch in rear, ridden 3f out, went 4th over 1f out, never a factor, 4th of 6, 11l behind Stock Hill Fair (9-7) at Goodwood 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in May.
Robin Hood (IRE) 11-2 (9-7) Chased leader, pushed along 4f out, lost 2nd over 3f out, ridden and outpaced over 2f out, plugged on to 4th towards finish, 4th of 7, 3 1/2l behind Play Street (9-0) at Chepstow 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gs in Jun.
Ascalon 10-1 (9-8) Always prominent, led over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on well, 3rd of 12, 3/4l behind Gabrial's King (9-0) at Kempton 2m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Nov.
Arashi 3-1fav (9-7) Held up in rear, headway 2f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, edged left and kept on well inside final furlong, won at Kempton 2m hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Jun beating Toughness Danon (9-2) by 1 3/4l, 12 ran.
Fulgora 8-1 (9-6) Led, headed over 6f out, weakened over 5f out, soon tailed off, last of 8, 48l behind Italian Riviera (9-7) at Lingfield 2m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jun.
Shalambar (IRE) 12-1 (9-7) Slowly into stride, last pair, headway over 1f out, hung right and plugged on inside final furlong, no threat, 6th of 11, 8l behind Mountain Range (9-1) at Kempton 1m 3f hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Jun.
Story Writer 4-1 (9-2) Held up mid-division, headway over 1f out, kept on to take 2nd inside final furlong, no chance with winner, 2nd of 8, 3/4l behind Italian Riviera (9-7) at Lingfield 2m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jun.
Paintball (IRE) 16-1 (9-2) Reluctant to leave stalls and lost 15 lengths, recovered halfway in rear, ridden 3f out, never a factor, 4th of 6, 25l behind Wild Desert (9-2) at Warwick 1m 7f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jun.
Joe The Coat 4-1 (9-1) Held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, kept on same pace, snatched 3rd place close home, 3rd of 8, 3 1/2l behind Italian Riviera (9-7) at Lingfield 2m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jun.
Barachiel 3-1fav (9-3) Steadied and bumped start, took keen hold and held up towards rear, travelling well on inside 3f out, switched left over 2f out, tracked leading pair 2f out, went 2nd 1f out, led final 110 yards, eased close home, won at Kempton 2m hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Jun beating Lombok (9-7) by 1 1/4l, 10 ran.
Queen's Star 7-4fav (8-10) In touch, headway 3f out, soon ridden, kept on one pace, 4th of 5, 6l behind Bounty Seeker (9-4) at Yarmouth 2m hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jun.
Between The Lines (IRE) 14-1 (8-10) Keen tracked leader until ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 6, 19l behind Dr Finley (8-11) at Yarmouth 1m 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jun.