Exotic Guest got off the mark over 5f at Newcastle earlier this month and his stable is in cracking form. He's only gone up 5lb and must have a decent chance of following up but may be too close in the weights to AL UDEID. Kevin Ryan's grey wasn't at his best at Newmarket last time but this represents a drop in class and he's run well off higher marks this year. Dodina is fancied to reverse Kempton running with Truly Madly on slightly better terms but this looks a tough ask for Desert Command and Indian Affair.
Al Udeid (IRE) 7-1fav (8-13) Close up, ridden and every chance over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 11th of 14, 6l behind Crew Cut (9-4) at Newmarket 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Desert Command 4-1 (9-1) Pressed leader, ridden 2f out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 10, 3 1/2l behind If So (9-9) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-80 (4) std.
Exotic Guest 10-1 (9-1) In rear, outpaced halfway, headway over 1f out, kept on well to lead towards finish, won at Newcastle 5f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gs beating Scentpastparadise (9-4) by 1 1/4l, 6 ran.
Dodina (IRE) 11-10fav (9-7) Chased leader, ridden and every chance inside final furlong, went 2nd and not pace of winner close home, 2nd of 8, nk behind Truly Madly (9-2) at Kempton 6f flls hcp (0-70) (3yo+) (5) pol.
Indian Affair 9-1 (8-13) With leader on rail, pushed along and lost 2nd 3f out, outpaced over 1f out, kept on in closing stages, almost snatched 3rd, 4th of 5, 2 3/4l behind Countryman (8-10) at Chepstow 7f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jul.
Truly Madly (IRE) 12-1 (8-13) Held up tracking leaders, pushed along and outpaced 3f out, plugged onto 3rd inside final furlong, 3rd of 5, 9l behind Tenbridge (8-8) at Chepstow 1m flls hcp 0-75 (5) sft.