Rocket Rob went close when sent off favourite at Sandown but looks high enough in the weights now so a further 3lb rise is no help. ASIAN TRADER looks the safer bet as he's holding his form well and found only one too good off today's mark at Salisbury having landed a double before that. Both Gladiatrix and Waseem Faris have something to find with the selection and the veteran Tax Free is a rare winner nowadays. Cadeaux Pearl faced a stiff task last time, however, and should finish closer in this company.
Tax Free (IRE) 8-1 (9-11) Mid-division, weakened 2f out, 9th of 10, 6l behind Midnight Dynamo (8-13) at Ayr 5f hcp 0-95 (3) gf.
Church Music (IRE) 20-1 (8-10) Mid-division, pushed along over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, soon weakened, 9th of 10, 10l behind Harrison George (8-5) at Nottingham 6f hcp 0-105 (2) sft.
Gladiatrix 10-3 (9-11) Towards rear, headway when hampered entering final furlong, not recover and well held after, 9th of 12, 9l behind Rebecca Romero (9-4) at Salisbury 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Equitania 16-1 (8-6) Raced centre overall leader, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 9th of 10, 6l behind Dutch Masterpiece (9-5) at Newmarket 5f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gd.
Asian Trader 9-4fav (9-8) Travelled strongly in mid-division, headway over 2f out, led over 1f out, ridden and headed inside final furlong, held towards finish, 2nd of 12, 1/2l behind Rebecca Romero (9-4) at Salisbury 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Cadeaux Pearl 20-1 (8-4) Chased leader over 1f, weakened approaching halfway, 8th of 9, 12l behind Duke Of Firenze (9-3) at Goodwood 5f hcp 0-95 (3) gd in May.
Waseem Faris (IRE) 15-2 (8-11) Towards rear, headway over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, nearest finish, 6th of 16, 1 3/4l behind Above Standard (9-3) at York 5f hcp 0-95 (3) gf.
Rocket Rob (IRE) 10-3fav (9-0) Dwelt in rear, bumped over 3f out, switched left over 1f out, ridden and ran on strongly final furlong, not reach winner, 2nd of 9, 3/4l behind Lupo D'Oro (9-7) at Sandown 5f hcp 0-80 (4) gd.