KHOTAN is by Hernando so should have no problem with the step up in trip. Brought along quietly last year, it would be no surprise if he ran up a sequence in this grade this year and is expected to defy top weight on his reappearance. The danger may be Handiwork, who only found one too good at Lingfield and Kempton last month. Akdam won at Wolverhampton before finishing a close-up fourth at Windsor and shouldn't be far away but Jawinski disappointed when favourite at Bath and Darakti would need to improve for the fitting of a visor as he's only won a Fibresand seller so far.
Khotan 25-1 (9-3) Soon chasing leader, led 6f out, clear 2f out, headed and not quicken inside final furlong, 2nd of 8, 1 1/2l behind Cafe Society (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 2yo mdn auc stks (6) pol in Oct.
Akdam (IRE) 6-1 (9-5) Held up in touch, driven along 2f out, heeadway and switched left over 1f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 4th of 8, 1 1/4l behind Brick Rising (8-7) at Windsor 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Apr.
Handiwork 3-1fav (9-1) Made most until ridden over 1f out, kept on one pace, 2nd of 7, 1 3/4l behind Poetic Verse (9-7) at Kempton 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Apr.
Jawinski (IRE) 5-1fav (9-2) Tracked leaders on inside, ridden over 2f out, soon lost place, weakened 1f out, 6th of 10, 17l behind Instinctual (8-7) at Bath 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Apr.
Darakti (IRE) 10-1 (9-0) Slowly away, in rear, ridden 6f out, went remote 3rd 3f out, no chance with leaders, 3rd of 6, 22l behind Luv U Whatever (9-4) at Southwell 1m 3f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) fbs.