The evergreen Almaty Express is always a force to be reckoned with around here and got back to winning ways over 6f last time. He's only 3lb higher but a high draw hasn't done him any favours. SLATEY HEN is running well and deserves a change of luck. The drop back to 5f will suit Violet Jordan's mare and she can get her head in front where it matters today. Rose Garnet should be thereabouts again but Divertimenti and Chateau Lola are others who will have to overcome a disadvantageous starting position while Spic 'n Span still looks too high in the weights.
Rose Garnet (IRE) 6-4fav (8-10) Steadied start, held up in close 4th, went 3rd travelling well inside final 2f, led narrowly inside final furlong, pushed along and headed close home, 2nd of 7, 1/2l behind Amber Heights (8-13) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-70 (5) pol.
Spic 'n Span 7-1 (9-7) In touch, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 8, 16l behind Fairy Wing (9-9) at Southwell 5f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Mar.
Divertimenti (IRE) 7-1fav (8-7) Tried to get down when gates opened rider couldnt removed blind, badly left, lost all chance, last of 17, 30l behind Gowanharry (9-5) at Nottingham 5f hcp 0-65 (6) gd.
Lesley's Choice 14-1 (8-12) Mid-division and pushed along, outpaced halfway, soon weakened, 11th of 12, 14l behind Chosen One (8-11) at Catterick 5f app hcp (6) gd.
Volcanic Dust (IRE) 16-1 (9-5) Slowly into stride, soon chased leaders on outside, ridden 2f out, wide on home turn and weakened soon after, 7th of 9, 5l behind Secret Millionaire (9-5) at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Jan.
Almaty Express 11-2 (8-13) Pressed leader until led 3f out, ridden clear over 1f out, just held on, won at Wolverhampton 6f hcp (0-55) (6) pol beating Littlecote Lady (9-5) by nk, 12 ran.
Lord Buffhead 16-1 (9-6) Always in rear, last of 12, 11l behind Almaty Express (8-13) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp (0-55) (6) pol.
Mandy's Hero 20-1 (8-11) Slowly into stride, held up in touch, ridden halfway, no impression, 5th of 6, 7l behind Slatey Hen (8-11) at Lingfield 5f hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Mar '12.
Chateau Lola 7-1 (9-4) Held up in rear, headway over 1f out, never nearer, 6th of 9, 6l behind Loyal Royal (9-7) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp (0-55) (6) pol.
Slatey Hen (IRE) 5-2fav (8-10) Chased leaders, ridden 2f out, stayed on to 2nd inside final furlong, no impression on winner, 2nd of 10, 3l behind First Rebellion (8-8) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp (0-55) (6) pol.
Oh Marcius (IRE) 25-1 (10-1) Chased leader, 2nd halfway, ridden and weakened 3f out, last of 15, 49l behind Regulation (9-5) at Curragh 1m mdn stks sft in Jun.
Nafa (IRE) 8-1 (8-10) Tracked leaders, ridden and every chance over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 10, 8l behind Shawkantango (9-0) at Southwell 5f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Mar.
See Vermont 8-1 (8-7) Chased leaders, pushed along halfway, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 11, 11l behind Come On Dave (9-8) at Catterick 5f hcp 0-65 (6) sft in Aug.