MANSHOOR can complete a hat-trick here at the main expense of Invention and Art Man. The selection loves it here, having won over 1m 4f and also 10f last time, going up 10lbs in the process. That most recent win looks to be a bonus, as this longer trip is much more likely to bring out the best in Lucy Wadham's gelding, and he is taken to make it three from three now stepped up to a distance over which he is unexposed. Invention put up a very good effort when runner up over 12f at Bath last time and receives over a stone from the selection. On balance, however, his form is not as solid and with just one win from 19 starts he is easy enough to take on. Art Man is 4lbs better off with the selection for less than two lengths when they met here last time, and as a course winner he is not ruled out, although he is not certain to be suited by this far and has stamina to prove. One that will definitely get home is William's Way, who is an interesting booking for Seb Sanders from what should be a competitive mark, while Bassinet is another who could go close now the handicapper has given him a chance, but preference is for Manshoor.
Manshoor (IRE) 7-2 (9-0) Tracked leader, ridden over 1f out, led inside final furlong, ridden out, won at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Apr beating My Shadow (8-9) by 1/2l, 7 ran.
Art Man 7-4fav (9-2) In touch, ridden and unable to quicken from over 1f out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 7, 1 3/4l behind Manshoor (9-0) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Apr.
Bassinet (USA) 16-1 (9-2) Towards rear, ridden and outpaced 2f out, soon weakened, 7th of 9, 17l behind Haarth Sovereign (9-0) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Apr.
Jadalee (IRE) 20-1 (9-0) Held up in rear, headway on outside over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, nearest finish, 4th of 12, 3/4l behind Mahadee (8-10) at Great Leighs 1m 2f hcp (4) pol in Oct.
Bushy Dell (IRE) 5-1 (8-7) Led until headed over 1f out, faded and lost 3rd inside final furlong, 4th of 7, 5l behind Cape Colony (9-0) at Kempton 1m 4f 3yo hcp (4) pol in Dec.
Ruff Diamond (USA) 7-2 (8-11) Tracked leaders, chased leader 10f out, under pressure well over 2f out, soon beaten, 4th of 6, 7l behind Sri Kuantan (8-8) at Yarmouth 1m 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Apr.
Valvigneres (IRE) 25-1 (9-4) Chased leaders, ridden 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, not pace to reach winner, 3rd of 12, 1 3/4l behind Mista Rossa (9-2) at Kempton 1m 4f hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Apr.
William's Way 12-1 (8-7) Mid-division, edged right 5f out, ridden to chase leaders over 3f out, weakened well inside final furlong, 5th of 11, 4l behind Run For Ede's (8-5) at Windsor 1m 4f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Apr.
Invention (USA) 9-2 (8-9) Led, headed 2f out, one pace, 2nd of 8, 1 3/4l behind Moonshine Creek (8-5) at Bath 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Apr.
Apache Fort 16-1 (9-2) Held up in rear, driven and struggling over 2f out, 11th of 12, 17l behind Mista Rossa (9-2) at Kempton 1m 4f hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Apr.