HAWAAFEZ continued her good progress with a victory in the Cumberland Lodge at Ascot three weeks ago. She beat Camborne with the Godolphin pair Willing Foe and Songcraft further behind and Marcus Tregoning's filly may not have stopped improving yet. Harris Tweed has stronger form than both Fattsota and Black Spirit but the three-year-old Noble Mission looks a bigger danger on his fourth in the Great Voltigeur at York in August. The remainder have a bit to find on today's terms and are harder to fancy.
Black Spirit (USA) 13-2 (9-8) Mid-division, ridden in 8th 2f out, no impression, 8th of 12, 7l behind Declaration Of War (9-3) at Dundalk 1m 3f Group 3 stks (3yo+) (1) pol.
Harris Tweed 7-2 (9-11) Soon led, pushed along and joined over 3f out, clear with one other over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, stayed on gamely, 2nd of 7, 1l behind Retrieve (9-4) at Newmarket 1m 4f Listed stks 3yo (1) gd in Sep.
Camborne 3-1 (9-0) Settled in rear, headway over 2f out, soon wandered under pressure, hung right entering final furlong, kept on well, no chance with winner, 2nd of 6, 2 1/2l behind Hawaafez (8-11) at Ascot 1m 4f Grp 3 (1) sft.
Fattsota 9-2 (10-0) Soon tracked leaders, led over 2f out, ridden clear over 1f out, eased near finish, won at Ascot 1m 4f hcp 105 (2) sft beating Party Line (8-9) by 2l, 8 ran.
Hawaafez 9-4fav (8-11) Made all, quickened clear over 3f out, ran on strongly, eased near finish, won at Ascot 1m 4f Grp 3 (1) sft beating Camborne (9-0) by 2 1/2l, 6 ran.
Songcraft (IRE) 7-1 (9-0) Tracked leader, hard ridden over 2f out, soon edged left, stayed on same pace, 4th of 6, 6l behind Hawaafez (8-11) at Ascot 1m 4f Grp 3 (1) sft.
Willing Foe (USA) 9-4fav (9-0) Tracked leaders, effort well over 2f out, edged right under pressure, short of room entering final furlong, no extra, 3rd of 6, 6l behind Hawaafez (8-11) at Ascot 1m 4f Grp 3 (1) sft.
Noble Mission 9-2 (8-12) Took keen hold, held up disputing 4th, headway over 3f out, ridden 2f out, stayed on same pace over 1f out, 4th of 6, 2 3/4l behind Thought Worthy (8-12) at York 1m 4f 3yo Grp 2 (1) gf in Aug.
Hazel Lavery (IRE) 16-1 (8-6) Held up towards rear, headway on outer over 2f out, kept on to take 2nd close home, no chance with winner, 2nd of 9, 1 1/4l behind Wild Coco (9-4) at Doncaster 1m 7f Grp 2 flls (1) gd in Sep.
Khione 12-1 (8-9) Dwelt, behind, steady headway on outside from 3f out, driven over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, never going pace to reach leaders, 5th of 14, 4 1/2l behind Gallipot (8-9) at Newmarket 1m 4f fll lst stks (1) gd in Sep.
Salford Art (IRE) 6-1 (8-9) In rear, pushed along 3f out, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on same pace, 6th of 9, 4l behind Biographer (9-0) at Ascot 1m 6f Listed stks 3yo (1) sft.