A tricky finale with three last-time-out winners and no obvious standout. Of the remaining pair, Gracious George disappointed last time, as did Elnadwa who has yet to find her best this term and looks likely to struggle to reverse placings with Richard Hannon's Dashing David on recent Chepstow running. The latter put some modest efforts behind him with that success whilst stable companion Majesty was also much improved last time when landing a Warwick maiden under Pat Dobbs who retains the ride, It's tempting to go with him again but AFRICAN OIL displayed a much better attitude and winning form last time on his first outing since being gelded. The son of Royal Applause could well make up for lost time now and a mark of 82 looks acceptable.
Majesty (IRE) 6-4 (9-5) Made all, ridden and edged right over 1f out, ran on, won at Warwick 7f 3yo & 4yo mdn (5) gf beating Shaishee (9-2) by 2 1/4l, 5 ran.
Dashing David (IRE) 4-1 (9-6) Held up in touch, pushed along over 2f out, ridden and stayed on inside final furlong, led close home, won at Chepstow 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gf beating Sarangoo (9-5) by nk, 5 ran.
African Oil (FR) 3-1 (9-2) Steadied and held up last, niggled along halfway, ridden and headway 2f out, soon switched right and chasing leading pair, led approaching final furlong, soon in command, eased close home, won at Bath 1m hcp 0-80 (4) fm beating Take A Note (9-8) by 2 1/4l, 5 ran.
Elnadwa (USA) 11-4 (9-4) Tracked leaders, pushed along over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 4th of 5, 4l behind Dashing David (9-6) at Chepstow 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Gracious George (IRE) 7-2 (9-0) Held up and always last, pushed along inside final 3f, soon ridden and weakened, last of 4, 15l behind Monsieur Rieussec (9-6) at Salisbury 1m 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf.