Ballesteros is looking to end a long losing run and showed signs of a resurgence at Ascot off today's mark. Forest Edge has returned to form and bids for hat-trick after winning at Ffos Las but was a long way behind B FIFTY TWO over track and trip in June. The latter flew home by three lengths on that occasion and is dropped in class after a good effort at York. Pearl Acclaim has also been running well in better company but could have been better drawn, as could the 2012 winner Ballista and recent Ripon runner-up Confessional.
Ballista (IRE) 12-1 (9-0) Led, hard driven over 2f out, soon hard pressed, headed inside final furlong, weakened, 4th of 7, 5l behind Intransigent (9-0) at Chester 6f Listed stks (1) gs.
Magical Macey (USA) 18-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, soon weakened, 10th of 17, 6l behind Demora (8-8) at Musselburgh 5f hcp (4yo+) (2) sft in Jun.
Ballesteros 25-1 (9-2) In rear, headway over 2f out, ridden inside final furlong, kept on towards finish, 3rd of 10, 1 1/2l behind Goldream (9-3) at Ascot 5f hcp 105 (2) gd.
Forest Edge (IRE) 12-1 (9-4) Tracked leader, ridden to lead over 1f out, just held on, won at Ffos Las 6f hcp 0-100 (2) gd beating Liberty Jack (8-9) by ns, 11 ran.
B Fifty Two (IRE) 33-1 (8-13) Led far side, soon overall leader, headed towards finish, 3rd of 15, 1/2l behind Blaine (9-5) at York 5f hcp 105 (2) gf.
Poole Harbour (IRE) 7-1 (8-13) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 4th of 13, 2 1/2l behind Tropics (9-3) at Windsor 6f hcp 105 (2) gd in Jun '13.
Love Island 14-1 (9-7) Chased leaders, ridden and close up 2f out, lost place over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 9th of 13, 13l behind Robot Boy (9-7) at Newcastle 5f hcp 105 (2) gf in Jun.
Pearl Acclaim (IRE) 11-2 (8-11) Chased leaders in 4th, ridden inside final furlong, kept on to take 2nd place towards finish, no chance with winner, 2nd of 11, 2 3/4l behind Noble Storm (9-3) at Thirsk 5f hcp 0-100 (2) gd in May.
Confessional 20-1 (8-13) Raced far side, tracked leaders, led that group and overall leader entering final furlong, headed closing stages, kept on, 3rd of 19, 3/4l behind Out Do (9-1) at Ripon 6f hcp (2) gd.
Lexi's Hero (IRE) 20-1 (8-5) Chased leaders, outpaced 2f out, ridden and weakened 1f out, 13th of 16, 16l behind Almargo (8-11) at Goodwood 7f hcp (2) gd.
Dungannon 9-2 (8-8) In touch, ridden over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 4th of 7, 5l behind Judge 'n Jury (8-4) at Nottingham 5f cond Stakes (3) gd.
Inxile (IRE) 8-1 (9-12) Dwelt, behind stands' side, ridden over 2f out, kept on final furlong, no impression, 8th of 10, 4 1/2l behind Silvanus (9-10) at Ripon 5f hcp 0-95 (3) gd.
Top Boy 20-1 (8-9) Raced centre, held up in mid-division, pushed along halfway, headway 2f out, soon ridden, plugged on inside final furlong, 5th in group but no chance with leaders near side, 11th of 18, 7l behind Discussiontofollow (8-10) at Ascot 5f hcp (2) gf in Jul.