Clayton is dropping down a grade but still looks a shade high in the weights and Al Saham makes more appeal than the returning Greek War of the Godolphin duo. Rockalong and Bank On Me are potentially open to improvement as they step up in distance though earlier efforts over 1m2f don't boost confidence. Chester winner Enzaal takes on much better company but it's too soon to write off One Pekan after a disappointing effort at this track. MAGISTRAL picked-up a maiden over a mile at Windsor with the minimum of fuss and with further progress expected, he looks the one to beat as he steps up in trip.
Clayton 11-2 (9-11) In touch, lost place over 3f out, eased over 2f out, 13th of 14, 44l behind Sam Sharp (9-4) at York 1m 1f hcp 105 (2) gf in Jun.
Al Saham 7-2fav (9-13) Took keen hold and held up towards rear, not clear run and switched left inside final 2f, stayed on inside final furlong, pressed for 3rd close home, nearest finish, 4th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Code Of Honor (9-0) at Sandown 1m 2f hcp 0-95 (3) gf.
Greek War (IRE) 13-2 (9-6) Held up last, ridden and switched to near side rail halfway, beaten when hung left over 1f out, never a factor, last of 13, 11l behind Stature (9-1) at Newmarket 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) sft in Jul '12.
Rockalong (IRE) 11-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, held up and always towards rear, never involved, 13th of 15, 16l behind Prince Of Johanne (9-10) at Sandown 1m hcp (2) gf.
Bank On Me 9-2fav (8-7) Tracked leaders, outpaced over 2f out, switched inside and headway 1f out, soon ridden, kept on in 3rd inside final furlong, held towards finish, 3rd of 9, 1 1/2l behind Storm King (9-7) at Doncaster 1m hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Jun.
Magistral 5-6fav (9-5) Made virtually all, clear over 2f out, pushed along and stayed on strongly final furlong, unchallenged, won at Windsor 1m 3yo mdn (5) gf beating Commissioned (9-5) by 3 1/2l, 6 ran.
One Pekan (IRE) 12-1 (8-7) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, kept on final furlong, not trouble leaders, 6th of 15, 8l behind Maputo (9-5) at Newmarket 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gf.
Enzaal (USA) 9-2 (9-1) Led, ridden over 2f out, headed inside final furlong, soon led again, kept on gamely, held on, won at Chester 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf beating Double Discount (9-8) by shd, 4 ran.