The Lodge Road, Xclaim and Tobrata were all placed in soft ground on their latest starts. The former's second to Cosmic Moon at Newcastle looks the strongest form and he may come out best of that trio while Sarmation Knight has claims on his latest effort behind the progressive Touch Gold at Yarmouth. The latter is trained by Sir Henry Cecil and he's represented by ROMANTIC here. Given a short break since fading in the closing stages at Haydock in May, he looks to have an easier chance today and could take advantage. Zaahya could prove better than she's shown so far stepping up in trip and looks best of the rest.
The Lodge Road (IRE) 6-1 (9-0) Held up, headway 4f out, challenged over 2f out, soon led, headed over 1f out, stayed on, held by winner inside final furlong, 2nd of 8, 1 1/4l behind Cosmic Moon (8-4) at Newcastle 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Jun.
Xclaim 22-1 (9-5) Towards rear, ridden and headway 3f out, kept on under pressure to go 3rd inside final furlong, 3rd of 11, 4 1/2l behind Gala Casino Star (8-13) at Redcar 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) sft in Jun.
Sarmatian Knight (IRE) 16-1 (8-12) Chased winner throughout, ridden over 2f out, never able to mount a challenge, 2nd of 11, 5l behind Touch Gold (9-5) at Yarmouth 1m 1f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Tobrata 16-1 (8-8) Tracked leaders and keen, every chance over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 2nd of 7, 1/2l behind Silver Tigress (9-1) at Chester 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) sft.
Romantic (IRE) 20-1 (9-1) Bumped start, held up towards rear, pushed along and effort 3f out, hung left over 1f out, no impression on leaders, 6th of 14, 5l behind Watheeq (8-12) at Haydock 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf in May.
Lady Bellatrix 33-1 (8-12) Tracked leader 2f, settled in touch, effort 2f out, weakened 1f out, 5th of 6, 17l behind Falls Of Lora (8-12) at Ascot 1m 2yo fll stks (2) gd in Sep.
Glendaragh (IRE) 13-2 (9-9) Led narrowly 2f, with leader, led again over 3f out, headed 2f out, soon ridden, kept on same pace, 4th and no impression final furlong, 4th of 12, 13l behind Kung Hei Fat Choy (9-2) at Southwell 1m mdn hcp 0-60 (6) fbs.
Oliver's Gold 14-1 (9-2) Behind, under pressure over 8f out, soon beaten, 10th of 12, 27l behind Addikt (9-7) at Kempton 1m 2f app hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Apr.
Zaahya (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, lost place over 2f out, 7th of 13, 13l behind Riot of Colour (9-0) at Salisbury 7f mdn fll stks (5) gd in Jun.
Kata Rock (USA) 33-1 (9-4) Mid-division, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 15th of 16, 25l behind Master Of Song (9-4) at Leicester 7f hcp 0-60 (6) gf in May.
Tallevu (IRE) 4-1 (9-3) Chased leader until halfway, chased leaders until weakened over 2f out, tailed off, 8th of 11, 34l behind Mr Snoozy (8-8) at Pontefract 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) sft.