A competitive handicap ends proceedings and it's OLD ROMNEY who gets the selection ahead of Annabelle's Charm and Agilete. The selection has been a consistent sort on the Polytrack of late where he has been the runner up in his last four races and was the beaten favourite last time. The gelding was a winner when he last raced on turf so a return to the surface should suit and connections consider him capable of adding to his last win. His usual hold up tactics should see off the rest. The seven-year-old Agilete is in superb form of late and the gelding is clearly at the top of his game, landing three of his last four outings on the all-weather. He has not raced on the turf for almost two years though and this is a cause for concern but, if current form can be transferred to the turf, then he will be thereabouts. Luca Cumani's Annabelle's Charm was a winner at Lingfield back in January and while the bare form is worth little, she should be capable of making her mark in handicap-company. Hucking Hero stands out among the rest but he is a little inconsistent over this trip so may be best watched. The rest will need to improve if they are to be of any concern to our selection Old Romney.
Old Romney 2-1fav (8-10) Steadied start, rider not happy with pace, led and soon clear after 2f, shaken up 1f out, no extra and headed well inside final furlong, 2nd of 6, 1 3/4l behind Royal Amnesty (8-13) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Mar.
Annabelle's Charm (IRE) 7-2fav (8-9) Held up in rear, headway when hung right and not handled bend 2f out, not a danger after, 5th of 9, 4 1/2l behind Folio (9-1) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcap (4) pol in Jan.
Hucking Hero (IRE) 6-1 (8-12) Awkward at start, in rear, headway on outer from over 3f out, joined leaders over 2f out, ridden to lead narrowly over 1f out, soon edged left, headed just inside final furlong, kept on same pace, 3rd of 8, 2 1/2l behind Manshoor (9-0) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Street Devil (USA) 12-1 (9-12) Led, headed over 6f out, chased leader after, clear with leader 3f out, led again well over 2f out, clear entering final furlong, eased towards finish, won at Southwell 1m mdn stks (5) fbs in Mar beating Fortunate Flame (8-9) by 2 3/4l, 6 ran.
Sri Kuantan (IRE) 3-1 (9-4) Keen, with winner, ridden and flashed tail over 1f out, one pace final furlong, 2nd of 6, 2 3/4l behind Kings Topic (8-9) at Lingfield 1m 2f app hcp (0-70) (4yo+) (5) pol in Mar.
Dragon Slayer (IRE) 11-1 (11-7) Prominent, ridden along over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 12th of 15, 13l behind Director's Chair (10-8) at Doncaster 1m 2f am hcp (0-70) (4yo+) (5) gd in Mar.
Agilete 9-4fav (9-0) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, led over 1f out, stayed on well, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Mar beating Pelham Crescent (8-12) by 1 1/4l, 13 ran.
Onemoreandstay 15-2 (8-9) Held up in touch, hampered, not clear run over 1f out, stayed on well final furlong, not reached leader, 3rd of 6, 2l behind Mildoura (9-4) at Folkestone 1m 4f fll hcp (0-75) (5) gs in Mar.
Dinner Date 16-1 (8-10) Held up towards rear, headway to chase leaders 2f out, soon ridden, no impresion over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 9th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Marmooq (8-8) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Mar.
Agapanthus (GER) 33-1 (8-12) Always rear division, last of 10, well behind Il Grande Ardone (8-13) at Southwell 1m 4f hcp (5) fbs in Dec.
Carmela Maria 5-1fav (9-2) Made virtually all, cleared over 3f out, ridden over 2f out, unchallenged, won at Great Leighs 1m 2f 3yo hcp (6) pol in Sep beating Princess India (9-4) by 1 1/2l, 14 ran.
Sagarich (FR) 8-1 (9-9) 8th of 14, 13l behind Dani California (9-9) at Wexford 1m 4f hcp gd in Aug.