Dome Rocket only just did enough when landing a claimer at Wolverhampton last time and this is tougher so William Knight's gelding looks best watched with a better bet looking to be PARC DES PRINCES, who gets the verdict ahead of Mons Calpe. Paul Cole's gelding was good value for his back-to-back successes at Beverley and Folkestone but he was well held off the same mark that he races off today at Windsor last week and now seems to be in the grip of the handicapper. Willie Muir's King's Masque has been well held in all three starts so far but he may do better now racing in a handicap for the first time so he cannot be discounted. Choral Service has similar claims on his first start in the grade for William Haggas, who has his team in good from, but a safer option looks to be Parc des Princes. Andrew Balding's gelding has had plenty of chances but he has shown improved form of late having finished a close third behind Urban Space in a handicap at Windsor on Monday and he is taken to open his account today.
Dome Rocket 13-8fav (9-3) Pressed leader, ridden to lead over 2f out, stayed on gamely final furlong, held on well, driven out, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 3yo clm stks (6) pol beating Lilly Blue (8-4) by nk, 8 ran.
Mons Calpe (IRE) 5-1 (9-7) Tracked leader, led after 3f, headed approaching final furlong, weakening when badly hampered, 8th of 11, 10l behind Sequillo (9-3) at Windsor 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Hypnotist (UAE) 15-2 (8-13) Held up, effort 3f out, weakened and hung right from over 1f out, eased towards finish, last of 6, 22l behind Mister Dee Bee (9-7) at Leicester 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Choral Service 14-1 (9-0) Steadied start, held up, ridden and headway over 1f out, no further impression, 4th of 12, 10l behind Lowther (9-12) at Yarmouth 1m mdn stks (5) gd in May.
King's Masque 33-1 (9-3) Held up, ridden and headway entering final 2f, kept on, never near leaders, 5th of 12, 10l behind El Loco Uno (9-3) at Lingfield 1m 3yo mdn stks (5) pol.
Parc des Princes (USA) 11-1 (8-4) Held up in rear, headway over 1f out, went 3rd entering final furlong, stayed on to press for 2nd near finish, not reach winner, 3rd of 13, 1 1/2l behind Urban Space (8-9) at Windsor 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Shanavaz 50-1 (9-0) Held up towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, switched left inside final furlong, kept on, 5th of 11, 6l behind Embsay Crag (9-5) at Chester 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) gf.