Desert Strike is upped in class off a 6lb higher mark after his latest win over 5f at Kempton. He'll need to be quickly away from a high draw to take up his usual front-running role while both Ashpan Sam and Elna Bright look high enough in the weights on the evidence of their recent form. Arctic Lynx is hard to win with nowadays and the same can be said of Tagula Night, whose victory at Sandown in April was his first since 2011. PICTURE DEALER has been running well without success of late but has slipped a couple of pounds down the handicap and, with Ryan Moore on board, it could be his turn today.
Ashpan Sam 4-1 (9-9) Awkward start, tracked leaders, closed over 2f out, ridden and every chance entering final furlong, no extra towards finish, 6th of 10, 4l behind Avon Breeze (9-6) at Carlisle 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Jun.
Elna Bright 7-2 (9-12) Chased leaders, weakening when slightly hampered 1f out, last of 6, 8l behind Putin (8-13) at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jun.
Desert Strike 6-1 (9-12) Made most, ridden 2f out, edged left inside final furlong, driven out, won at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jun beating Rock Up (8-12) by 2 1/4l, 8 ran.
Arctic Lynx (IRE) 20-1 (9-9) Towards rear, ridden and headway towards far side over 1f out, no impression inside final furlong, 7th of 12, 3 1/2l behind My Kingdom (9-2) at Newmarket 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Jun.
Picture Dealer 4-1 (10-0) Held up, headway on stands rail to chase winner over 1f out, stayed on, no impression, 2nd of 9, 2 1/4l behind Minalisa (9-11) at Warwick 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Jun.
Tagula Night (IRE) 11-2 (9-5) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, led briefly just inside final furlong, kept on one pace, 3rd of 9, 2l behind Lupo D'Oro (9-7) at Sandown 5f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Jun.
Ocean Legend (IRE) 14-1 (9-5) Held up towards rear on outside, ridden and headway 1f out, kept on inside final furlolng, never troubled leaders, 5th of 11, 8l behind Labienus (9-5) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jun.
Living Leader 18-1 (9-7) Always towards rear, 11th of 12, 6l behind My Kingdom (9-2) at Newmarket 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Jun.
Decision By One 14-1 (9-4) Led, ridden and hung left over 1f out, soon headed, chased winner until inside final furlong, lost 3rd final 100 yards, no extra, 5th of 10, 4 1/2l behind Rusty Rocket (9-4) at Chester 5f hcp 0-90 (3) gs in Jun.
The Tichborne (IRE) 16-1 (8-13) In touch, outpaced and lost place over 2f out, plugged on again inside final furlong, 5th of 11, 8l behind Tropics (9-6) at Windsor 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in May.
Heartsong (IRE) 50-1 (9-9) Awkward start, soon mid-division, ridden 4f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 12, 20l behind Rebecca Romero (9-4) at Salisbury 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jun.
Jocasta Dawn 16-1 (9-0) Held up on outter, pushed along and struggling halfway, behind and eased final furlong, 10th of 11, 23l behind Tropics (9-6) at Windsor 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in May.