ISTIKSHAF attempted to make all in soft ground over a mile at Nottingham last time but was caught in the closing stages and the drop back in trip today will suit. Gift of Rain finished last of 11 at Kempton on his debut but wasn't beaten that far and will have come on for the experience. Bilimbi encountered similar underfoot conditions at Leicester a fortnight ago and ran well for fourth but Hands Up has gone backwards since showing a glimpse of promise on his introduction at Newmarket. Twin Point cost 105,000gns and is a newcomer to note in the betting.
Bilimbi (IRE) 20-1 (9-0) Towards rear, ridden 2f out, kept on final furlong, nearest finish, 4th of 9, 3 1/2l behind Rock Of Dreams (9-0) at Leicester 7f 2yo mdn (4) sft.
Hands Up (IRE) 8-1 (9-5) In rear, ridden over 2f out, never on terms, 9th of 13, 8l behind Tree Of Grace (9-5) at Lingfield 7f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol.
Istikshaf (IRE) 7-4fav (9-5) Led, ridden and hard pressed over 1f out, kept on until headed and no extra final stride, 2nd of 12, nk behind Montaly (9-5) at Nottingham 1m 2yo mdn (5) sft.
Swilken Halling colt out of Azure Mist.
Twin Point Invincible Spirit colt out of Gemini Joan.
Urban Sanctuary 50-1 (9-5) In touch, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 8th of 9, 16l behind Lexington Abbey (9-5) at Nottingham 6f 2yo mdn (5) gd.
Gift of Rain (IRE) 20-1 (9-0) Dwelt, held up mid-division, pushed along over 2f out, never dangerous, last of 11, 4 1/2l behind Don't (9-0) at Kempton 7f 2yo mdn fll (5) pol.