None of these can be dismissed out of hand in a tight handicap but the speculative vote goes to POWDER HOUND. He beat Persepolis, who runs in the previous race, at Windsor before going close again at Kempton and is lowering his sights today with an apprentice's 5lb allowance in his favour. Majeed, Lady Pimpernel and Three Choirs all came up short on their handicap debuts but will be sharper today and are hard to separate while Royal Signaller ran well in a hot maiden at Haydock last month and could also be in the mix.
Powder Hound 10-3 (9-0) Led, strongly challenged over 2f out, soon headed, rallied over 1f out, no extra close home, 2nd of 5, 1 3/4l behind Disclaimer (9-7) at Kempton 1m 3f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) pol in May.
Linguine (FR) 28-1 (9-6) Tracked leaders, switched right over 3f out, soon ridden, edged right over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 9, 14l behind Prairie Ranger (8-8) at Newbury 1m 3f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf in May.
Majeed 7-2 (9-7) Took keen hold early, settled in touch, awkward on bend over 7f out, pushed along over 4f out, outpaced on bend 2f out, switched right over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, never going pace to reach leaders, 4th of 9, 2 1/2l behind Dali's Lover (8-8) at Chester 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gf in May.
Mombasa 4-1fav (9-7) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened, 9th of 13, 20l behind Esteaming (9-1) at York 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) sft in May.
Dragon City 7-1 (8-12) Held up in touch, one pace from over 1f out, 3rd of 11, 9l behind Excellent Result (8-12) at Sandown 1m 2f 3yo & 4yo mdn (5) gf in May.
Royal Signaller 5-2 (8-11) Tracked leader, ridden to lead over 1f out, headed entering final furlong, kept on, 3rd of 6, 1 1/4l behind Continuum (10-0) at Haydock 1m 4f mdn stks (5) gd in May.
Lady Pimpernel 3-1fav (8-13) Chased leaidng trio, went 3rd over 3f out, ridden and no chance with leading duo final 2f, 3rd of 8, 6l behind Swing Easy (9-7) at Salisbury 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf in May.
Three Choirs (IRE) 20-1 (8-10) Tracked leaders in 3rd, ridden over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, went 2nd place towards finish, 2nd of 12, 3 1/2l behind Lyric Ballad (8-3) at Sandown 1m 1f flls hcp 0-75 (5) gf in May.