QAHRIMAN looks a typical Luca Cumani project and hopefully will be straight enough first time up to get the job done. The son of Tiger Hill has just five runs to his name, winning on quick ground at Ffos Las, and looks just the sort to improve with time. Chabada is an impressive performer on Polytrack but an unknown quantity on Turf and Cape Express could be a bigger danger for the Nicky Henderson team. He scored nicely at Southwell last time over timber and his trainer does well with his limited number of Flat runners. Silk Drum was noted as unlucky last time and is interesting off bottom weight while the Bethell pair of Bradbury and Pintrada are not discounted in an open contest.
Chabada (JPN) 5-6fav (9-8) Made all, dictated pace, increased pace 5f out, clear over 1f out, comfortably, won at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Mar beating Halla San (9-12) by 2 1/4l, 8 ran.
Qahriman 3-1 (9-4) Took keen hold, held up in touch, closed to track leaders 10f out, ridden 3f out, keeping on one pace when riders whip was knocked out of his hand over 1f out, 3rd of 9, 7l behind Becausewecan (9-13) at Ffos Las 1m 6f hcp 0-90 (3) gs in Sep.
Cape Express (IRE) 9-2 (9-1) Awkward at start and slowly into stride, soon detached by 6 lengths, pushed along 3f out, ridden and headway approaching final furlong, stayed on towards finish, 4th of 9, 6l behind Ajhar (9-1) at Newmarket 1m 2f cond Stakes (2) gd in Aug '09.
English Summer 5-2fav (9-7) In touch, ridden 3f out, weakened 2f out, eased final furlong, 6th of 7, 36l behind Mica Mika (8-13) at Chester 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) sft.
Rosewin (IRE) 22-1 (9-9) Very slowly away, soon recovered, keen in rear, ridden 3f out, kept on from over 1f out, never near leaders, 5th of 8, 11l behind Secret Tune (9-2) at Doncaster 2m hcp 0-85 (4) hvy in Apr.
Star Commander 15-2 (9-7) Set steady pace, made virtually all, ridden and pressed from 2f out, narrow advantage when hung badly right well inside final furlong, always just holding on, won at Lingfield 1m 5f hcp 0-80 (4) pol beating Sand Skier (8-10) by shd, 13 ran.
Pintrada 8-1 (8-10) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, led 8f out, headed over 2f out, weakening when short of room soon after, last of 13, 37l behind Number Theory (8-12) at Haydock 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Bradbury (IRE) 9-1 (8-13) Mid-division, headway 3f out, switched left inside entering final furlong, led inside final furlong, ran on, won at Musselburgh 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) gs beating Spirit Of A Nation (9-7) by 1 1/4l, 11 ran.
Silk Drum (IRE) 9-1 (8-13) Raced wide, held up, headway 2f out, ridden and stayed on one pace final furlong, 4th of 11, 2l behind Bradbury (8-13) at Musselburgh 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) gs.