A longer trip in soft ground at Newmarket are legitimate excuses for the poor latest run of EDRAAQ. He'd finished third over today's distance at Lingfield before that and, as the first two home have both subsequently won, the form looks solid enough. Brian Meehan's charge gets the nod to open his account ahead of Mariet, who should have come on for her debut sixth at Goodwood and Sir Lexington, who showed a bit more at Haydock last month and steps up in trip. Chemistry Master is capable of better and newcomer Broughtons Pearl is related to all-weather winners.
Chemistry Master 11-1 (9-11) In rear, pushed along over 3f out, never dangerous, 7th of 8, 14l behind Gospel Choir (9-0) at Salisbury 1m 2f mdn stks (5) gf.
Special Mix 14-1 (9-13) In touch, went modest 4th inside final 2f until post, 5th of 9, 9l behind Savida (8-8) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f mdn auc stks (5) pol in Jun.
Flaming Telepath 66-1 (9-8) Slowly away in touch in rear, ridden 5f out, soon outpaced, 5th of 6, well behind Cellist (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f mdn auc stks (6) pol.
Sauvage L'il Loup Sauvage filly out of Sharway Lady.
Upton Crystal 50-1 (9-7) In touch in mid-division, edged left 4f out, soon weakened, 12th of 16, 32l behind The Tiger (9-12) at Ripon 1m mdn stks (5) sft.
Destiny Awaits (IRE) 50-1 (9-3) Always in rear, 9th of 10, 29l behind Sir Fredlot (9-3) at Ayr 7f mdn stks (5) gf in Jun.
Edraaq 14-1 (9-3) Tracked leader, every chance over 2f out, soon weakened, 8th of 10, 45l behind Shantaram (9-3) at Newmarket 1m 4f 3yo mdn (5) sft in Jun.
Fly Solo Soviet Star gelding out of Vino.
Sir Lexington (IRE) 8-1 (9-3) Tracked leader, ridden over 3f out, one pace 2f out, 4th of 10, 9l behind Tawaasul (8-12) at Haydock 1m mdn stks (5) gf in Jun.
Broughtons Pearl Iceman filly out of Broughton Bounty.
Mariet 66-1 (9-0) Held up towards rear, steady headway over 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, 6th of 15, 10l behind Valiant Girl (9-0) at Goodwood 1m 1f 3yo fll stks (5) gd in Jun.
Nimble Thimble (USA) 25-1 (8-9) Towards rear when not much room and pushed left over 5f out, no progress final 2f, 9th of 14, 18l behind Mississippi (9-0) at Kempton 1m mdn stks (5) pol in Apr.
Shakespeare Dancer 66-1 (8-7) In touch, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened, 4th of 5, 18l behind Mugazala (8-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 3yo mdn auc stks (6) pol in Jun.