A rarity indeed with a Godolphin runner in an amateur rider's contest, although unsurprisingly with Alex Ferguson, son of John Ferguson, on board. What is surprising though is to see them persisting with Almaas, a five-year-old maiden who returns to action after an absence of 674 days no less. The market should tell us all we need to know about his chances after so long away. Galatian rediscovered form last time and is another sure to be popular with Simon Walker aboard whilst Imperial Glance and Hail Promenader are also noted. However. LIVING LEADER has been pretty consistent in a busy handicap campaign, is best suited by a mile on quick ground and should offer some win and place value against the main protagonists.
Imperial Glance 11-4fav (9-5) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, soon weakened, 7th of 9, 8l behind Bountybeamadam (9-13) at Chepstow 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Galatian 15-2 (9-0) Slowly away mid-division, ridden and headway over 1f out, ran to go 2nd inside final furlong, no threat to winner, 2nd of 14, 2 1/2l behind Aomen Rock (9-7) at Kempton 1m hcp (0-65) (6) pol.
Lionheart 12-1 (9-3) Chased leader, led 4f out until well over 2f out, lost 2nd well over 1f out, ridden and weakened over 1f out, eased when no chance final furlong, last of 5, 8l behind Ginzan (9-1) at Brighton 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Hail Promenader (IRE) 12-1 (11-2) Close up, effort 2f out, kept on to go 2nd inside final furlong, not reach winner, 2nd of 9, 1/2l behind Perfect Mission (10-12) at Salisbury 7f am hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jun.
Almaas (USA) 11-2 (9-4) Tracked leaders on inside, ridden over 2f out, soon beaten, 10th of 13, 9l behind Sky Crossing (9-2) at Kempton 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Sep '12.
Masai Moon 25-1 (9-8) Towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, nearest finish, 4th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Secret Success (9-12) at Kempton 7f app hcp (0-70) (4yo+) (5) pol.
Living Leader 4-1 (9-13) Prominent early, tracked leaders, outpaced over 2f out, plugged on inside final furlong, 4th of 13, 5l behind Hostile Fire (9-6) at Nottingham 1m hcp 0-65 (6) gf.
Candelita 7-1 (10-2) Held up towards rear, headway on outside over 6f out, went 2nd 5f out, led 4f out, rider dropped whip over 3f out, lost 2nd 3f out, chased leading pair until 2f out, not much room on rail well over 1f out, weakened quickly over 1f out, 8th of 10, 22l behind My Destination (10-5) at Doncaster 2m am hcp (0-70) (4yo+) (5) gd.
City Of Angkor Wat (IRE) 25-1 (8-10) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, faded final furlong, 6th of 10, 3 1/2l behind With Hindsight (8-1) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Jun.
Fire King 20-1 (8-7) Dwelt, held up mid-division, ridden over 1f out, one pace and no impression inside final furlong, last of 8, 7l behind Burnt Fingers (9-2) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Apr.