RASHEED took the step up in trip in his stride when scoring with plenty left in the tank over 2m at Kempton last time. John Gosden's charge can defy a 7lb rise and follow-up. He makes more appeal than January's Deauville winner Uphold as the latter tries today's longer distance for the first time, but he may have more trouble getting the better of English Summer. Mark Johnston's charge is dropped in class for his first start since September but stays today's trip well, while C&D winner Rosewood Lad usually saves his best for this track and is another to consider.
English Summer 20-1 (9-6) Held up in rear, headway over 1f out, never on terms, 6th of 16, 4 1/2l behind Lexington Bay (7-11) at Haydock 1m 6f hcp 0-100 (2) gs in Sep.
Uphold 12-1 (9-2) Led, clear 10f out, 15 lengths ahead 3f out, reduced lead 2f out, weakening inside final furlong, kept on gamely until no extra and headed towards finish, 2nd of 5, 1/2l behind Into Wain (9-2) at Kempton 1m 4f cnd stks (4yo+) (4) pol in Feb.
Rasheed 11-4fav (9-6) Held up in mid-division, steady headway to 4th over 4f out, ridden to challenge 2f out, led inside final 2f, pushed clear over 1f out, stayed on well, easily, won at Kempton 2m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Feb beating Dance For Livvy (8-11) by 4 1/2l, 11 ran.
Sam Lord 33-1 (9-10) Held up in touch, headway on outside over 1f out, stayed on to 4th towards finish, 4th of 9, 4l behind Cotton King (9-12) at Wolverhampton 2m hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Rosewood Lad 10-1 (9-1) In touch in 5th, ridden in 4th over 4f out, weakened over 2f out, 5th of 9, 16l behind Exemplary (9-13) at Kempton 2m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Feb.
Quinsman 9-2 (9-5) Keen held up, ridden and headway over 2f out, kept on final furlong, never a factor, 4th of 7, 4 1/2l behind The Holyman (9-4) at Lingfield 1m 5f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Feb.