BUGAKU is not a good thing but this track brings out the best in him and he is fancied to see off Jo'Burg and At Wits End. Sir Michael Stoute's gelding won at Yarmouth on his comeback and is only 4lb higher today. He will appreciate a return to this longer straight and more testing finish after getting outspeeded around Chester and he can add a third career success. Ellemujie is another course winner and he comes here in good form after a solid Newmarket win for Mr Dettori last month, Ballinteni needs to improve for the application of the visor, whilst Resurge has half a length to find with Jo'Burg on their run here last time and a 2lb pull in the weights. At Wits End is unexposed and ran well behind Tinshu last time, Penchesco was unlucky to bump into Agapanthus here earlier in the month, whilst Wing Play is a course and distance winner and with the yard in good form he needs a market check on this return to action. A really competitive handicap where Mahadee is thrown-in on his all-weather form, however marginal preference is for Bugaku.
Mahadee (IRE) 22-1 (9-2) Held up, ridden and kept on final furlong, never nearer, 7th of 13, 4 1/2l behind Dubai Dynamo (9-4) at Newmarket 7f hcp 0-95 (3) gf in May.
Wing Play (IRE) 3-1 (9-0) Slowly away, held up in rear in slowly run race, ridden over 1f out, ran on to take 3rd inside final furlong, too much to do, 3rd of 9, 1 3/4l behind Bound By Honour (9-4) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-100 (2) pol in Nov.
Kaolak (USA) 16-1 (9-3) Driven and soon prominent, led over 3f out, ridden when headed over 1f out, faded, 8th of 9, 9l behind Moynahan (9-1) at Goodwood 1m hcp 0-90 (3) gd in May.
Ellemujie 4-1 (9-2) Raced towards center, keen, held up, steady headway from 3f out, led inside final furlong, idled near finish, won at Newmarket 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in May beating Feathered Crown (9-3) by 1/2l, 7 ran.
Bugaku 7-2fav (8-13) In touch on inside, driven and outpaced 3f out, kept on same pace final 2f, no impression, 7th of 12, 7l behind Thin Red Line (9-1) at Chester 1m 2f hcp 0-90 (3) gs in May.
Ballinteni 66-1 (8-10) Soon pushed along, in touch in 5th, ridden 3f out, soon weakened, last of 11, 23l behind Flora Trevelyan (8-10) at Sandown 1m hcp 0-95 (3) gf in May.
Resurge (IRE) 11-2 (8-13) Tracked leading pair, going well over 2f out, led 1f out, kept on well until headed and not pace of winner final 110 yards, 2nd of 12, 1/2l behind Jo'burg (8-11) at Sandown 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in May.
Jo'burg (USA) 4-1fav (8-11) Started very slowly and lost 6 lengths, rear, still only 11th 2f out, strong run on outside over 1f out, led final 110 yards, won going away, won at Sandown 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in May beating Resurge (8-13) by 1/2l, 12 ran.
Cluain Alainn (IRE) 8-1 (9-2) Mid-division on inside, driven and outpaced over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 11th of 17, 12l behind Deauville Flyer (9-2) at York 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in May.
Veroon (IRE) 15-8fav (9-4) Tracked leader, ridden to lead 2f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra towards finish, 2nd of 5, 2 1/2l behind General Tufto (8-10) at Beverley 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in May.
At Wits End 14-1 (8-8) In touch, pushed along 3f out, effort over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, never able to challenge, 4th of 11, 1 1/2l behind Putra One (8-11) at Windsor 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in May.
Penchesco (IRE) 13-2 (9-4) Tracked leader after 1f, ridden to lead over 1f out, caught post, 2nd of 13, shd behind Agapanthus (9-0) at Sandown 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Rowan Tiger 10-1 (9-4) Mid-division on inside, headway and switched right inside final 3f, chased leader over 2f out, soon every chance, led briefly over 1f out, chased winner after, no impression when lost 2nd last strides, 3rd of 16, 2 1/2l behind Make Amends (9-1) at Newbury 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in May.