Knightly Escapade ended the last campaign with a victory over 1m4f at Goodwood and didn't appear to be enjoying the Polytrack when a beaten favourite on his return at Lingfield. MOHANAD has won over hurdles and 2m on the Flat so has no problems with the trip. He's run well on soft ground so is handed the vote with his low weight and Frankie on board. Arab League, another successful hurdler, isn't badly treated on his return to the level but dual Polytrack winner Rasheed is untested on soft ground as is Monterey, though the latter is by Montjeu and should be suited. Bowdler's Magic is on the same mark as when successful over 1m6f at Yarmouth in September though he's yet another who hasn't done it in the conditions while Taiko and Boss's Destination are very closely matched on their run at Southwell in April and neither looks quite good enough.
Monterey (IRE) 17-2 (9-7) Held up in rear, ridden and edged left well over 2f out, headway and hung left over 1f out, ended up alone on stands side, stayed on, 3rd of 11, 3l behind Kangaroo Court (8-12) at Salisbury 1m 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in May.
Bowdler's Magic 12-1 (8-6) Towards rear, kept on final furlong, never near leaders, 7th of 12, 9l behind Mount Athos (9-10) at Newmarket 1m 6f hcp 0-105 (2) gf in May.
Taikoo 9-2 (8-13) Led, soon clear, ridden over 2f out, soon pressed, headed over 1f out, soon weakened, 4th of 7, 7l behind Lifetime (7-7) at Goodwood 1m 6f hcp 0-105 (2) sft in May.
Wild Desert (FR) 16-1 (9-9) Took keen hold, chased leader until 10f out, close up in 3rd, went 2nd again inside final 2f, driven to challenge on inside over 1f out, every chance until no extra final 75 yards, 2nd of 9, 1/2l behind Astromagick (8-13) at Goodwood 2m hcp 0-85 (4) gf in May.
Danvilla 13-2 (9-4) Prominent, lost place over 8f out, pulled up 7f out, in a race won by Kangaroo Court (8-12) at Salisbury 1m 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in May, 11 ran.
Boss's Destination 4-1 (9-12) Tracked leaders, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 8, 11l behind Secret Tune (9-2) at Doncaster 2m hcp 0-85 (4) hvy in Apr.
Western Prize 5-1 (8-0) In touch, ridden and slightly outpaced 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, 6th of 12, 7l behind Mount Athos (9-10) at Newmarket 1m 6f hcp 0-105 (2) gf in May.
Rasheed 3-1 (9-3) Took keen hold, tracked leaders, went 2nd 5f out, led 3f out, ridden over 1f out, soon headed, no extra and lost 2nd inside final furlong, just held on for 3rd, 3rd of 8, 3l behind Al Khawaneej (9-8) at Goodwood 2m hcp 0-85 (4) gf in May.
Crunched 25-1 (9-4) Prominent and keen, weakened over 4f out, 17th of 18, well behind Mulaqen (9-6) at York 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in May.
Arab League (IRE) 9-1 (9-7) Held up mid-division, headway to chase leaders over 6f out, raced stand side over 4f out, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 9, 6l behind Pittodrie Star (9-3) at Haydock 1m 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gs in Aug.
Mohanad (IRE) 4-1 (9-4) Chased leaders, ridden and one pace inside final 2f, stayed on inside final furlong, went 3rd post, 3rd of 9, 4 1/2l behind Astromagick (8-13) at Goodwood 2m hcp 0-85 (4) gf in May.
Knightly Escapade 4-1fav (9-4) Held up in mid-division, good headway 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, went 3rd final 100 yards, not pace to reach leading duo, 3rd of 13, 3l behind Star Commander (9-7) at Lingfield 1m 5f hcp 0-80 (4) pol in May.
Action Front (USA) 10-1 (9-6) Held up in rear, ridden to chase leaders inside final 2f, kept on same pace final furlong, no impression, 5th of 9, 8l behind Maoi Chinn Tire (9-0) at Nottingham 2m hcp 0-75 (5) gf in May.
Passion Play 11-4fav (9-4) Led, ridden 2f out, headed over 1f out, well held when no extra in 3rd final 100 yards, 3rd of 7, 2 1/4l behind Isdaal (8-6) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in May.