ALZANTI looked a rather nice prospect when nudged out to land a Class 4 Newbury handicap this month, her first start since making a winning debut on Polytrack last winter. A 7lb rise seems fair and she ought to be able to follow up here under similar conditions before taking a step-up in class. Art Official is searching for form, Captain Midnight has shown some promise and Despot has yet to reproduce his winning Polytrack from on the grass. Solo Hunter's from sends out mixed signals but his last run when a close second here to the progressive Hiking does read well and he could emerge as the main danger to the selection in receipt of a handy 10lb.
Alzanti (USA) 4-1 (9-4) Held up, headway over 2f out, challenged over 1f out, led inside final furlong, ran on well, won at Newbury 7f flls hcp 0-80 (4) gd beating Gown (9-2) by 3/4l, 9 ran.
Art Official (IRE) 8-1 (8-11) Chased winner for 2f, chased leaders on inside, pushed along halfway, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, eased when no chance inside final furlong, 9th of 13, 8l behind Almargo (8-9) at Epsom Downs 7f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Jun.
Act Of Charity (IRE) 14-1 (8-12) Slowly into stride, chased leaders, short of room over 2f out, soon weakened, 9th of 11, 7l behind Tenor (9-6) at Lingfield 1m stks 0-90 (3) pol.
Captain Midnight (IRE) 20-1 (8-11) Tracked leaders, challenged over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 8, 17l behind Ticking Katie (9-2) at York 7f app hcap (3) gf.
Despot (IRE) 8-1 (9-2) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, never going pace to challenge, 5th of 12, 3 1/2l behind Scottish Glen (9-1) at Ascot 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Fiftyshadesofgrey (IRE) 14-1 (9-2) Dwelt always in rear, 8th of 9, 4l behind Nova Champ (8-13) at Windsor 6f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jun.
Solo Hunter 20-1 (8-8) Soon led and set steady pace, joined 2f out, kept slight advantage and kept on gamely until headed close home, 2nd of 7, nk behind Hiking (9-5) at Salisbury 1m 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf.