Megalala was caught close home in an amateurs' race at Newbury last time and looks likely to make another bold bid. However, he's still 3lb higher in the weights than when last winning and preference is for PENANG CINTA. He scored in a higher grade over C&D on his penultimate start and David Evans' charge is fancied to go in again in this less competitive contest. Sanctum ran a little better when third last time, though was still beaten seven lengths, but Nesnaas and Battle Axe are hard to fancy.
Megalala (IRE) 11-2 (10-9) Fly jumped leaving stalls, led, clear 8f out, ridden and reduced advantage 2f out, headed last stride, 2nd of 8, nk behind Mustajed (10-3) at Newbury 1m 2f am hcp (0-70) (4yo+) (5) gf.
Penang Cinta 11-8fav (9-10) Chased leading duo, outpaced from 3f out, lost modest 3rd over 1f out, plugged on, 4th of 7, 7l behind Zagarock (8-9) at Bath 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) fm in May.
Nesnaas (USA) 40-1 (8-8) Mid-division, niggled along 5f out, pushed along 4f out, one pace final 2f, 9th of 12, 9l behind Sunny Spells (8-12) at Goodwood 1m 6f hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Jun '10.
Battle Axe (FR) 20-1 (8-12) Steadied start, held up towards rear, some late headway, never on terms, 8th of 13, 17l behind Lunar Promise (8-13) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp (0-55) (6) pol.
Sanctum 11-1 (8-2) Slowly into stride, soon tracking leaders, under pressure over 3f out, stayed on well, never able to challenge, 3rd of 7, 8l behind Art Scholar (8-5) at Yarmouth 1m 2f hcp 0-65 (6) gf.