AL KHAN is upped 5lb for his recent win at Ascot but is taking on lesser rivals today. Violet Jordan's charge gets the vote to follow-up ahead of Head Space. The latter has been looking to take advantage of a slide down the weights and went close to doing so at Pontefract last time. He has the beating of both Rich Again and Last Bid on recent running while Barkston Ash is quite capable of getting involved on his best form, although it's hard to predict when he'll produce it. Foreign Rhythm won a lowly handicap at Ayr last time but this is much tougher.
Al Khan (IRE) 4-1 (9-4) Held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, led over 1f out, ridden inside final furlong, held on close home, won at Ascot 6f hcp 0-90 (3) gf beating Gabbiano (9-0) by nk, 10 ran.
Escape To Glory (USA) 14-1 (9-13) Held up, ridden over 2f out, some headway inside final furlong, never dangerous, 7th of 10, 6l behind Avon Breeze (9-6) at Carlisle 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Jun.
Head Space (IRE) 4-1fav (9-1) In rear, ridden 2f out, headway on wide outside approaching final furlong, ran on strongly, not reach leaders, 3rd of 11, 3/4l behind Dark Castle (9-3) at Pontefract 6f hcp 0-90 (3) gf.
Orbit The Moon (IRE) 7-2 (9-0) Led over 5f out, ridden over 2f out, headed and no extra inside final furlong, 6th of 7, 4l behind Rasaman (9-4) at Ayr 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Barkston Ash 7-2 (9-6) Led, headed well over 1f out, soon weakened, 7th of 8, 14l behind Nasharra (9-3) at Haydock 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Cocktail Charlie 12-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, ridden and edged left over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 13th of 18, 5l behind Noverre To Go (9-6) at York 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Jun.
Last Bid 33-1 (9-0) Towards rear, ridden over 2f out, never a factor, 8th of 11, 9l behind Dark Castle (9-3) at Pontefract 6f hcp 0-90 (3) gf.
Medici Time 18-1 (9-5) Dwelt always in rear, last of 12, 9l behind My Kingdom (9-2) at Newmarket 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Jun.
Rich Again (IRE) 5-1 (9-2) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, never on terms, 5th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Diamondhead (9-7) at Ayr 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Foreign Rhythm (IRE) 6-1 (10-5) Mid-division, headway over 1f out, ran to lead close home, won at Ayr 5f am hcp 0-65 (6) gf beating Ryedane (10-6) by hd, 13 ran.