Kashmir Peak looks to be finding some form again but has been raised a pound since his second over 1m4f here last month. Shelford only won by a nose over track and trip on his latest start and is 5lb higher. He did have Be Perfect behind at Kempton earlier but looks to have something to find with COMMUNICATOR on a line through the winner of that race, Arch Villain. Andrew Balding's six-year-old was only beaten a head by the latter at Lingfield 12 days ago and is in good form having run very well over hurdles a month earlier. He appears to have the beating of Exemplary while Vedani is woefully out of sorts.
Shelford (IRE) 9-4fav (10-0) Soon tracking leader, ridden over 3f out, led over 2f out, just held on, won at Wolverhampton 2m hcap (4) pol in Jan beating Scottish Boogie (9-10) by ns, 7 ran.
Communicator 5-1 (9-2) Held up in rear, headway over 3f out, ridden to challenge over 1f out, stayed on, just held, 2nd of 9, hd behind Arch Villain (9-2) at Lingfield 2m cnd stks (4yo+) (2) pol in Jan.
Kashmir Peak (IRE) 11-4fav (9-10) Took keen hold tracked leaders on outside, went 2nd 10f out, le dover 2f out, ridden and edged right over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, soon hung right and stayed on same pace, 2nd of 6, 1 3/4l behind Magika (8-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Jan.
Be Perfect (USA) 9-2 (9-5) Led, headed halfway, tracked winner, ridden to challenge over 1f out, not quicken inside final furlong, 2nd of 7, 1l behind Theology (9-9) at Lingfield 2m hcp (2) pol in Dec.
Exemplary 10-1 (9-2) Held up towards rear, shaken up over 3f out, no impression, well beaten over 2f out, 7th of 9, 27l behind Arch Villain (9-2) at Lingfield 2m cnd stks (4yo+) (2) pol in Jan.
Vedani (IRE) 7-1 (9-3) Led early and headed after 3f, remained prominent until ridden and dropped to 6th before checked entering straight, eased when beaten final furlong, 9th of 11, 25l behind Curley Bill (9-3) at Galway 1m 4f hcp hvy in Aug.