A competitive claimer but two stand out on official ratings. Saharia is actually top-rated but was handed victory last time due to his main rival's jockey dropping his hands. He is something of a thinker who needs things to drop his way and Shane Kelly is the ideal pilot to execute such a strategy. AL KHAN complicates matters as he was engaged at Southwell yesterday. One of two contenders for Violet Jordan, the topweight ran a solid second in a Class 5 handicap at Kempton earlier and has been performing with pleasing consistency this term. Dropped into claiming company for the first time in 2013, he can land this if taking part. Miami Gator can be relied upon to run his race and has shown useful form on the Fibresand the last twice. Returned to Polytack here, Conor Harrison claims a useful 7lb and he should deliver another respectable account. The remainder have it to do on the official ratings.
Al Khan (IRE) 5-4fav (9-5) Pressed leader, led 2f out, soon ridden, headed inside final furlong, stayed on, held towards finish, 2nd of 8, nk behind Ocean Legend (9-2) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Mar.
Miami Gator (IRE) 5-1 (9-1) Raced wide prominent, led over 3f out, ridden and headed over 2f out, kept on one pace, lost 2nd near finish, 3rd of 8, 9l behind Our Ivor (8-10) at Southwell 1m hacp 0-70 (5) fbs in Feb.
Benandonner (USA) 20-1 (9-6) Chased leader until over 4f out, chased leaders until weakened 3f out, 6th of 7, 11l behind Scamperdale (9-4) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Mar.
Saharia (IRE) 11-4 (9-4) Patiently ridden in last place, headway on inner over 1f out, ridden to challenge leader inside final furlong, looked held until gifted race final strides, won at Lingfield 1m sell stks (6) pol in Mar beating Paphos (9-4) by ns, 5 ran.
The Mongoose 11-1 (9-4) Led, headed well over 1f out, faded final furlong, 5th of 6, 12l behind Classic Colori (9-4) at Wolverhampton 7f sell stks (6) pol in Mar.
Daniel Thomas (IRE) 9-4fav (9-10) Dwelt in rear, plenty to do 2f out, headway entering final furlong, ran on to go 2nd, no chance with winner, 2nd of 8, 1 3/4l behind Ensnare (9-7) at Lingfield 1m hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Mar.