Godolphin representatives are quite regular visitors to this quirky track and Saeed Bin Suroor can boast an impressive strike rate. With that in mind, ANGLOPHILE is taken to progress enough from a modest debut run at Kempton and land this. He has Chinese Jade to beat as the latter finished a runner-up at Yarmouth last time and has leading claims on that form while Classified Weapon may well improve past last month's Kempton second Island Kingdom. Almost Famous has shown little so far and is hard to fancy.
Almost Famous (IRE) 33-1 (9-5) Held up in rear, took keen hold, ridden over 2f out, soon well held, 6th of 7, 15l behind Fire Fighting (9-5) at Epsom Downs 7f 2yo mdn (5) gf.
Anglophile 11-4 (9-5) Towards rear, pushed along 4f out, outpaced and wide on bend 3f out, shaken up inside final 2f, kept on again inside final furlong, never a threat, 7th of 12, 9l behind Extra Noble (9-5) at Kempton 7f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Jun.
Chinese Jade 25-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders, effort and every chance over 1f out, kept on same pace, 2nd of 5, 2 1/2l behind Bureau (9-0) at Yarmouth 7f 2yo mdn (5) gf.
Classified Weapon (USA) 4-5fav (9-5) Held up in last pair, pushed along and outpaced over 2f out, plugged on to 3rd 1f out, kept on to press for 2nd in closing stages, never any chance with winner, 3rd of 7, 4l behind Miracle of Medinah (9-5) at Lingfield 6f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Jun.
Island Kingdom (IRE) 10-1 (8-9) Led, ridden and joined when hung left from over 1f out, headed and not pace of winner final 100 yards, 2nd of 8, 1l behind Razor Quest (8-9) at Kempton 6f 2yo mdn auc stks (5) pol in Jun.