NAIVASHA faces her toughest assignment yet but has looked a progressive and speedy filly the last twice when scoring with something in hand on both occasions, in doing so suggesting that she will be competitive here off a mark of 75. Saakhen will find this a very different challenge to one he faced when scoring on the Fibresand last time but has shown enough on three Turf starts to indicate that he is on an upward curve. Royal Birth looked in need of his reappearance run at Windsor this month and should reap the benefit now whilst the lightly-raced and nicely-treated Distant Past is also worth a place on the shortlist.
Desert Ace (IRE) 8-1 (9-7) Chased leaders, ridden 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 7, 11l behind Piazon (9-2) at Windsor 5f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) sft in May.
Oriental Relation (IRE) 50-1 (9-1) Raced near side, off the pace and always towards rear, 18th of 19, 30l behind G Force (9-4) at York 5f 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gd in May.
Saakhen (IRE) 1-5fav (9-3) Tracked leaders, hard ridden to lead inside final furlong, kept on well under pressure, won at Southwell 5f mdn stks (5) fbs in May beating Naivasha (8-12) by 1 1/4l, 7 ran.
Hatha Hooh 50-1 (8-13) Chased leaders, still pressing leaders 2f out, ridden and weakened quickly over 1f out, 15th of 19, 23l behind G Force (9-4) at York 5f 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gd in May.
Royal Birth 4-1fav (9-3) Took keen hold, held up in last pair, headway 2f out, edged right over 1f out, no impression and eased final 100 yards, 5th of 8, 9l behind High On Life (8-12) at Windsor 5f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Hopefilly (IRE) 25-1 (9-2) Raced alone in centre of course and well up with the pace, went towards far side over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 7, 9l behind Piazon (9-2) at Windsor 5f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) sft in May.
Royal Warrior 8-1 (8-11) With leader, soon led, headed over 2f out, weakened 1f out, eased inside final furlong, 5th of 6, 12l behind Souville (9-1) at Goodwood 6f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Naivasha 2-1fav (9-3) Made virtually all, ridden when clear inside final furlong, comfortably, won at Bath 5f fll hcp (5) gd beating Vodka Chaser (8-6) by 2 3/4l, 7 ran.
Distant Past 11-2fav (9-6) Led, ridden 1f out, headed inside final furlong, weakened towards finish, 4th of 15, 3l behind Money Team (9-5) at Beverley 5f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf in May.
Captain Whoosh (IRE) 4-1fav (8-11) Chased winner until halfway, chased leaders, weakened inside final 2f, 7th of 8, 11l behind High On Life (8-12) at Windsor 5f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf.