After beating a dual subsequent winner last time out, PICTORIAL looks the percentage call in another competitive handicap. Jabal Tariq and Bullet Man are respected. Although not obviously well treated for his handicap debut, the pick should have plenty of improvement left after just two career starts and is in the right hands to thrive. Jabal Tariq and Bullet Man are both in good form right now and race off feasible marks so warrant a second look. Grodonsville has more to do with four pounds extra on his back than when scoring in similar company last time and we can also put Persian Peril in that category. Not the easiest race to finish the day with and we just recommend Pictorial.
Sereth (IRE) 33-1 (9-8) Hung left throughout, led, raced slightly wide main group, ridden and headed 4f out, soon weakened, 8th of 9, 23l behind Victoria Montoya (8-2) at Newmarket 1m 6f hcp 0-105 (2) gf in May.
Group Captain 15-2 (9-7) Held up, reminders and outpaced well over 3f out, good headway well over 1f out on inside, every chance final furlong, no extra inside final furlong, 3rd of 9, 6l behind Swingkeel (9-0) at Kempton 2m hcp (0-90) (3) pol.
Sahrati 11-4fav (8-13) Held up towards rear, headway into moderate 5th over 2f out, soon one pace, no impression, 6th of 13, 7l behind Dakiyah (9-1) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jun.
Grand Passion (IRE) 16-1 (9-7) Towards rear, some headway inside final 2f, never in contention, 9th of 13, 10l behind Covert Ambition (9-6) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Jun.
Manyriverstocross (IRE) 17-2 (10-7) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, one pace, 7th of 19, 7l behind Mull of Dubai (10-5) at York 1m 4f (3) gd in Jun.
Bullet Man (USA) 7-2 (10-0) Held up, headway over 1f out, driven and kept on final furlong, 2nd of 8, 1l behind Fastnet Storm (9-1) at Pontefract 1m 2f hcp 0-90 (3) gf in Jun.
Gordonsville 5-1 (9-1) Held up in rear, good headway halfway, led over 6f out, ridden 2f out, driven out, won at Ayr 1m 5f hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Jun beating Dolly Penrose (8-13) by 1l, 7 ran.
William Blake 4-1 (10-0) Held up behind leaders, headway 2f out, driven and kept on same pace final furlong, 3rd of 8, 1 3/4l behind Fastnet Storm (9-1) at Pontefract 1m 2f hcp 0-90 (3) gf in Jun.
Jabal Tariq 12-1 (9-7) Made most, ridden over 1f out, strongly pressed final 1f, kept on well, no extra and headed final 75 yards, 2nd of 13, 3/4l behind Dakiyah (9-1) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jun.
Clear Reef 25-1 (8-9) Tracked leaders on outer, weakened 3f out, last of 15, 41l behind Hits Only Vic (9-5) at Haydock 2m hcp 0-100 (2) gd in May.
Persian Peril 6-1 (8-11) Tracked leaders, led 3f out, ridden and hung left from over 2f out, soon in command, won at Southwell 1m 3f hcp 0-85 (4) fbs in May beating Taikoo (9-3) by 1 3/4l, 7 ran.
Caerlaverock (IRE) 9-1 (9-1) Held up, headway on inner over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 10, 13l behind Nemo Spirit (9-8) at York 2m hcp 0-90 (3) gs in Jun.
Classic Vintage (USA) 13-2 (9-4) Raced in 5th until nudged along and closed over 3f out, ridden over 2f out, stayed on well to lead inside final furlong, won at Salisbury 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Jun beating Akmal (9-5) by 1/2l, 5 ran.
Force Group (IRE) 14-1 (9-9) Held up, effort 3f out, well held 4th when edged right over 1f out, 4th of 8, 13l behind Alanbrooke (8-13) at Sandown 1m 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Pictorial (USA) 5-4fav (9-3) Tracked leader, hard ridden from 4f out, led well inside final furlong, gamely, won at Windsor 1m 2f 3yo mdn (5) gf in Jun beating Shakalaka (9-3) by 3/4l, 11 ran.
Cool Strike (UAE) 15-8fav (9-9) Tracked leader, ridden to challenge 1f out, not quicken well inside final furlong, 3rd of 6, 3/4l behind Stanstill (9-7) at Chester 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jun.
Nice Time (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) Mid-division, driven 3f out, ridden and headway under pressure over 1f out, stayed on strongly inside final furlong to go 2nd near finish, just held, 2nd of 12, shd behind Honours Stride (9-7) at Doncaster 1m 2f 3yo fll hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Jun.