After a long barren spell, Hallstatt has found his form and is on a hat-trick. He's 1lb out of the handicap but that shouldn't be a problem and he should be thereabouts. Mysterious Man may have been a shade unfortunate when beaten a short-head at Salisbury and, as he hasn't had much racing and looks progressive, he looks certain to go well. HARVARD N YALE has tackled stiff Ascot handicaps over 1m4f on his two latest starts and has been staying on strongly in both. He appears nicely handicapped and looks the type to go on to better things so gets the verdict. Newbury winner Gabrial's King has a bit more to do with a 6lb rise to contend with in this better race.
Kuda Huraa (IRE) 9-2 (9-10) Chased leader until 7f out, went 2nd again over 2f out, ridden and chance 2f out, hung right and weakened over 1f out, 9th of 13, 11l behind Homeric (9-4) at Ascot 2m hcp 0-90 (3) gf.
Mysterious Man (IRE) 9-2 (8-13) Chased leaders, went 2nd over 2f out, driven to challenge and hung left 1f out, led well inside final furlong, headed and bumped last stride, 2nd of 13, shd behind Sun Central (9-7) at Salisbury 1m 6f hcp 0-95 (3) gf.
Kiama Bay (IRE) 40-1 (8-4) Held up towards rear, headway on outside to mid-division 7f out, weakened approaching final 3f, 14th of 17, 35l behind Address Unknown (9-0) at Chester 2m 3f hcp (4yo+) (2) gf.
Harvard N Yale (USA) 4-1 (8-12) In touch on inside, headway over 1f out, stayed on to 3rd final 100 yards, not pace to challenge, 3rd of 11, 2l behind Angel Gabrial (8-13) at Ascot 1m 4f hcp 0-95 (3) gf.
Kiwayu 7-1 (9-4) Held up, ridden and headway over 1f out, not trouble leaders, 6th of 9, 9l behind Arch Villain (8-13) at Newmarket 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Masterful Act (USA) 14-1 (9-3) Tracked leader over 3f, tracked leading pair, ridden well over 1f out, one pace in 6th and no impression inside final furlong, 6th of 11, 4l behind Desert Recluse (8-12) at Kempton 2m hcp 0-105 (2) pol in Apr.
The Fun Crusher 12-1 (9-4) Prominent, ridden to challenge over 2f out, soon every chance, weakened over 1f out, eased, 12th of 15, 40l behind Well Sharp (9-7) at York 2m hcp 0-90 (3) sft.
Gabrial's King (IRE) 7-2fav (8-13) Held up in touch, closed and switched left over 2f out, soon not much room, not clear run and switched right over 1f out, soon edged left, hung left and led well inside final furlong, ran on, won at Newbury 1m 4f app hcp (5) gf beating Palus San Marco (9-7) by 1/2l, 10 ran.
Swinging Hawk (GER) 10-1 (9-12) Keen towards rear, headway to join leader over 7f out, led 6f out, headed over 3f out, ridden and weakened over 1f out, last of 7, 16l behind Thecornishcockney (9-11) at Wolverhampton 2m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.
Hallstatt (IRE) 8-1 (8-2) Held up in touch, headway 3f out, chased leader 2f out, ridden to challenge inside final furlong, stayed on to lead towards finish, won at Nottingham 1m 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gd beating Twelve Strings (9-4) by hd, 7 ran.