LAST SOVEREIGN is a long way clear on official ratings and won easily the last time he ran in this company before landing a class 3 handicap at Newmarket. He again ran well there last time and looks too good for Hamoody, who is the only viable alternative. Dandy Nicholls' veteran won a seller and a claimer before a fair run in a tough handicap at Goodwood but he's rated 14lb below the selection and meets him on level terms with jockey claim taken into consideration. The remainder are impossible to fancy on these terms though Rock Canyon has been running well enough to snatch third place.
Last Sovereign 7-2 (9-4) Prominent, ridden and every chance 1f out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 7, 1 3/4l behind Cincinnati Kit (8-4) at Newmarket 5f hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Jul.
Hamoody (USA) 12-1 (9-1) Always towards rear, never on terms, 14th of 20, 7l behind Tidal's Baby (7-13) at Goodwood 5f hcp 0-90 (3) gs in Jul.
Rock Canyon (IRE) 12-1 (8-10) Towards rear, headway over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, went 2nd close home, not reach winner, 2nd of 11, 2 1/4l behind Gottcher (9-13) at Hamilton 5f hcp 0-60 (6) gf.
Distant Sun (USA) 33-1 (8-7) Chased leaders, pushed along halfway, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 5th of 11, 4l behind Gottcher (9-13) at Hamilton 5f hcp 0-60 (6) gf.
Running Water 80-1 (8-5) In touch, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 10th of 11, 11l behind Imperial Legend (8-9) at Ayr 5f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Aug '12.