Rome may yet come good but he's overlooked on the back of a string of placed efforts. Mac's Superstar had Bayleyf back in fifth when scoring over track and trip but had little excuse for failing to figure back here last time. Until Midnight's winning run came to end when upped into this grade at Newmarket last month, so a chance is taken on GRAVITATIONAL. The latter looked more like his old self when third at Pontefract last time and has decent claims off his current mark on the evidence of last season's best efforts.
Rome 5-2 (9-4) Led and set steady pace, joined 2f out, strongly pressed final furlong, headed final 100 yards, 2nd of 9, 1/2l behind Accession (9-7) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-80 (4) pol in May.
Mac's Superstar (FR) 4-1 (9-5) Held up towards rear in steadily run race, headway on inside over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, never able to challenge, 6th of 9, 2 3/4l behind Accession (9-7) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-80 (4) pol in May.
Gravitational (IRE) 11-2 (8-13) Tracked leaders, ridden and every chance over 1f out, kept on one pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 9, 2 1/2l behind Teetotal (8-10) at Pontefract 6f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in May.
Messila Star 4-1 (9-7) Held up in rear, headway over 2f out, soon weakened, last of 6, 22l behind Alice's Dancer (9-3) at Brighton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Apr.
Bayleyf (IRE) 6-1 (8-13) Slowly away, held up towards rear, headway over 1f out, no extra towards finish, 5th of 8, 1 3/4l behind Mac's Superstar (9-3) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-80 (4) pol in May.
Dominium (USA) 5-1 (9-7) Slowly away in rear, pushed along over 2f out, never near leaders, 6th of 9, 8l behind Kylladdie (8-10) at Newmarket 6f app hcp (5) gf in May.
Hilali (IRE) 33-1 (9-7) Held up in last pair, never involved, pushed along and well behind over 2f out, tailed off, last of 10, 32l behind Barnmore (8-9) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in May.
New Leyf (IRE) 20-1 (8-13) Took keen hold, held up in mid-division in steadily run race, kept on inside final furlong, never going pace to challenge, 7th of 9, 2 3/4l behind Accession (9-7) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-80 (4) pol in May.
Until Midnight (IRE) 10-1 (8-10) Awkward start, held up in touch, not clear run over 2f out, ran on inside final furlong, never nearer, 4th of 12, 3l behind Front Page News (9-0) at Newmarket 7f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in May.
Top Offer 5-1 (9-4) Towards rear, ridden before 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 6th of 9, 2 3/4l behind The Happy Hammer (8-12) at Lingfield 7f hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Feb.