This looks tricky with four older horses, all of whom still have the occasional day in the sun in lowly grade, in opposition. Prime Exhibit, Kimbali and Justonefortheroad remain contenders in selling and claiming company but it could be that Tom Dascombe will eke further improvement out of the previously inconsistent and erratic LICENCE TO TILL, having dropped the son of War Chant to a mile last time for the first time since 2010. He was never in danger that day under a cool front-running ride from Jenny Powell and the combination can strike again in the hope the gelding has turned over a rather belated new leaf. Of the three-year-olds, Slinky McVelvet has only scored on artificial surfaces and despite hailing from a top yard, Lindart has yet to beat a rival in two starts, although this does represent a dramatic drop in grade for the Hannon gelding.
Licence To Till (USA) 6-4fav (9-4) Made all, quickened 2 lengths clear 2f out, hung left final furlong, ran on, eased near finish, won at Goodwood 1m sell stks (4) gd beating Medal of Valour (9-6) by 5l, 7 ran.
Prime Exhibit 8-1 (9-7) Towards rear, headway 3f out, ridden 2f out, kept on one pace, 4th of 9, 4l behind Swift Cedar (9-7) at Leicester 1m sell stks (6) gf in May.
Justonefortheroad 6-4fav (9-8) Pulled hard, close up, ridden 3f out, weakened final furlong, 6th of 7, 10l behind Licence To Till (9-4) at Goodwood 1m sell stks (4) gd.
Kimbali (IRE) 4-1 (9-2) Virtually refused to race, always detached in rear, last of 8, 36l behind Seek The Fair Land (9-3) at Lingfield 7f clm stks (6) pol in May.
Lindart (ITY) 16-1 (9-5) Mid-division, lost place over 3f out, soon beaten and eased, tailed off, last of 14, well behind Skaters Waltz (9-5) at Newbury 7f 3yo mdn (4) gf in May.
Slinky Mcvelvet 25-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, soon pushed along in touch, pushed along halfway, weakened inside final 2f, 5th of 8, 15l behind Bognor (8-7) at Southwell 1m 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) fbs.