In an open heat a chance is taken on ATEEB ahead of Cape Quarter, Beat Up, Harting Hill and Dream of Fortune. Ed Dunlop's showed promise as a juvenile but only made the track once last year, some 508 days ago, so he's evidently had his problems. It's interesting then that connections have chosen to keep this gelding in training and his last run suggests this rating of 65 is generous if the ability is still there; the market may guide us. Cape Quarter should be better than he's shown but patience is wearing thin and he's far from certain to stay especially if failing to settle, while Harting Hill knows his way around here but pays the price for his consistency with a lofty mark. Beat Up got off the mark at Wolverhampton and could go on from there while Dream of Fortune is 5lbs lower than his last handicap success which came over course and distance and arrives on the back of a confidence-boosting seller success.
Trifti 12-1 (9-2) Slowly into stride, held up towards rear, pushed along over 3f out, weakened and behind well over 1f out, eased inside final furlong, last of 8, 32l behind Officer In Command (9-5) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Feb.
Opera Prince 5-2 (9-9) Slowly into stride, mid-division, outpaced over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, never on terms, 7th of 9, 11l behind Bidable (8-13) at Chepstow 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jul.
Saviour Sand (IRE) 33-1 (9-0) Very slowly away and lost all of 20 lengths, behind, never a factor, 11th of 12, 36l behind Denton (9-13) at Newmarket 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Given A Choice (IRE) 20-1 (8-10) Held up mid-division, lost place over 1f out, 11th of 12, 8l behind Free Tussy (9-6) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Nov.
Classically (IRE) 10-1 (9-5) In touch, ridden over 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, never going pace to threaten leaders, 5th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Whispering Spirit (9-2) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-70 (5) pol.
Ateeb 12-1 (8-8) Tracked leader, every chance 3f out, soon ridden, weakened well over 1f out, 5th of 9, 6l behind Bin End (8-8) at Leicester 1m 2f mdn stks (5) gf in Apr '09.
Beat Up 10-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, good headway on inside well over 1f out, chased leader over 1f out, led inside final furlong, stayed on well, driven out, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol beating Herecomethegirls (8-1) by 1 3/4l, 12 ran.
Dream of Fortune (IRE) 5-1 (9-5) Held up towards rear, headway on outside 2f out and wide straight, tracked leader over 1f out, led 1f out, kept on well, won at Lingfield 1m 2f sell stks (6) pol in Jul beating Domino Dancer (9-11) by 3/4l, 9 ran.
Harting Hill 3-1fav (9-12) Tracked leaders on inside, outpaced 2f out, soon ridden, stayed on to chase leading pair 1f out, no impression inside final furlong, just held on for 3rd, 3rd of 12, 5l behind Sovereignty (8-11) at Kempton 1m hcp (0-65) (6) pol.
Watchmaker 33-1 (8-11) Tracked leaders, ridden well over 1f out, faded entering final furlong, 7th of 11, 8l behind Danderek (9-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Apr.
Aldo 14-1 (9-3) Towards rear, driven along on outside 2f out, soon hung badly left, kept on under pressure towards finish, 6th of 14, 11l behind Fox Hunt (9-3) at Windsor 1m 2f 3yo & 4yo mdn (5) gf.
Cape Quarter (USA) 4-1 (9-3) Took keen hold, held up towards rear, headway on outside going well over 2f out, went 3rd but found little and no chance with leading duo inside final furlong, 3rd of 9, 5l behind Gross Prophet (9-6) at Newbury 1m 1f app hcp 0-70 (5) gd.
Blitzed 25-1 (9-1) Held up in rear, headway over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 7, 9l behind Scottish Boogie (8-13) at Sandown 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gd.
Khajaaly (IRE) 11-4fav (8-8) In touch, headway to chase winner over 2f out until 2f out, weakened soon after, 4th of 7, 15l behind Mufti (9-1) at Newcastle 1m mdn stks 0-70 (5) gf.