Luca Cumani's runners are usually better for a pipe-opener but SEMEEN bucked the trend when scoring at Newbury on his comeback. A 9lb rise seems rather harsh but he gets the vote to show further improvement stepping up in trip. Ashdown Lad is up only 2lb for his recent course and distance win and should be thereabouts again along with Running Deer, third at Windsor last time and racing off the same mark today. No excuses have been forthcoming for Estemaala's woeful return at Doncaster where she was sent off favourite, but she made a winning racecourse debut at Pontefract last season and it's too soon to write her off.
Semeen 7-2 (9-5) Prominent, ridden and not much room 3f out, soon challenging, ran on inside final furlong, led towards finish, held on, won at Newbury 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in May beating Cashpoint (9-7) by hd, 13 ran.
Ashdown Lad 11-4 (9-5) Mid-division, switched right and headway 2f out, pressed leader entering final furlong, soon every chance, ran on, led post, won at Leicester 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in May beating Burnham (9-6) by ns, 8 ran.
Sondeduro 28-1 (9-4) Chased leaders until shuffled back and lost place over 5f out, toawrds rear and never on terms after, last of 13, 30l behind Attwaal (9-2) at Windsor 1m 4f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Apr.
Estemaala (IRE) 2-1fav (8-11) Slowly into stride, pushed along halfway, soon struggling and beaten, tailed off and eased final 2f, last of 6, 49l behind Boonga Roogeta (9-0) at Doncaster 1m 2f fll hcp (0-85) (4yo+) (4) gf in Apr.
Running Deer (IRE) 7-2 (9-7) Slowly into stride, soon recovered to lead, ridden and edged left briefly 2f out, headed inside final furlong, one pace into 3rd final 100 yards, 3rd of 7, 2 1/4l behind Mama Quilla (9-6) at Windsor 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in May.
Kittens 3-1fav (9-2) Held up towards rear, pushed along over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 9, 17l behind Irene Kennet (9-0) at Bath 1m 5f fll hcp 0-70 (5) gs in May.