SEMEEN faded in the closing stages of his reappearance at Ascot. He won three times last season and Luca Cumani's charge may not have finished improving yet. He makes more appeal than the more exposed Arizona John, beaten only a nose in a lower grade at Pontefract last time, while War Poet's recent third came in an amateur's race at York. Deepsand and Tepmokea were both placed in soft ground last time and Dolphin Village is on a fair mark if returning to form.
Semeen 8-1 (9-2) Mid-division on inside, in touch 4f out, chased winner over 2f out to over 1f out, weakened into 4th inside final furlong, 4th of 9, 12l behind Al Saham (9-3) at Ascot 1m 4f hcp 0-95 (3) gs in May.
Double Discount (IRE) 8-1 (9-6) Went sharply left start, led stand side group until over 5f out, tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 3rd of 9, 8l behind Groundbreaking (9-7) at Newmarket 1m 2f hcp 0-90 (3) gf in May.
Almagest 33-1 (9-6) Held up behind, ridden over 3f out, soon weakened, last of 13, 42l behind White Nile (9-1) at Doncaster 1m 7f hcp (3) sft in Oct.
Arizona John (IRE) 8-1 (9-5) In touch, not clear run over 2f out, headway approaching final furlong, switched right inside final furlong, ridden and ran on, just failed, 2nd of 9, ns behind Aramist (9-4) at Pontefract 1m 4f hcp 0-80 (4) gs in May.
Handsome Ransom 6-4fav (10-0) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, soon beaten, weakened over 1f out, last of 4, 24l behind Gabrial's Star (9-11) at Haydock 1m 6f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Sep.
War Poet 11-4fav (11-7) Held up towards rear, smooth headway 3f out, tracking leaders over 1f out, went 2nd and hung left inside final furlong, not run on and dropped to 3rd final 100 yards, 3rd of 11, 1 1/4l behind San Cassiano (10-13) at York 1m 2f am hcp 0-80 (4) gs in May.
Tepmokea (IRE) 5-1 (9-1) Prominent, led over 7f out, headed over 2f out, stayed on under pressure, 2nd of 8, 2l behind Linguine (9-7) at Doncaster 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) sft.
Dolphin Village (IRE) 5-1 (8-11) Held up in last trio, headway on inside over 3f out, weakened 2f out, 7th of 8, 13l behind Silk Sari (9-0) at Doncaster 1m 4f app hcp (0-85) (4yo+) (4) gs in May.
Bayan Kasirga (IRE) 25-1 (8-12) Prominent, ridden over 6f out, weakened over 3f out, eased over 1f out, 9th of 10, well behind Swnymor (8-11) at Chester 1m 5f hcp 0-90 (3) gs in May.
Deepsand (IRE) 6-1 (9-13) In touch, ridden and headway over 1f out, joined winner inside final furlong, no extra close home, 2nd of 9, 1/2l behind Fly Solo (9-10) at Catterick 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) sft in May.