Ajdaad won a similar race over track and trip last time with today's rival Empress Leizu well behind and should be thereabouts again, but a chance is taken on ALHABAN returning to form. His poor strike rate doesn't boost confidence but today's drop in class makes life much easier and Ron Harris's charge gets in here on favourable terms. Saharia also has claims at the weights, though he has a bit to prove over the trip having gone close over 7f here last month, but it's hard to make a case for any of the remainder.
Ajdaad (USA) 13-2 (9-3) Held up in rear, headway when not clear run over 1f out, went 2nd inside final furlong, ran on to lead close home, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f sell stks (6) pol in Sep beating Whispering Spirit (9-4) by 3/4l, 10 ran.
Empress Leizu (IRE) 12-1 (9-1) Tracked leader until 3f out, ridden over 2f out, weakened well inside final furlong, 5th of 10, 8l behind Ajdaad (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f sell stks (6) pol in Sep.
Alhaban (IRE) 16-1 (9-5) Dwelt towards rear, ridden 3f out, kept on, never nearer, 6th of 13, 9l behind Dr Wintringham (9-3) at Warwick 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Bridge Valley 33-1 (9-0) Held up in rear, pushed along over 3f out, weakened 2f out, last of 9, 16l behind Yorksters Prince (9-6) at Redcar 1m 2f sell stks (5) gf.
Hold The Bucks (USA) .
Northern Genes (AUS) 50-1 (8-8) Dwelt, in rear, pushed along over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 7th of 8, 7l behind Flowing Cape (9-0) at Wolverhampton 7f clm stks (6) pol.
Saharia (IRE) 16-1 (9-1) Slowly away, held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, 4th of 11, 1l behind Khajaaly (9-4) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Sep.
My Mate Les (IRE) 40-1 (8-8) Held up mid-division, pushed along over 3f out, never dangerous, 10th of 13, 25l behind Appyjack (8-11) at Kempton 1m 2f stks 0-55 (6) pol in Sep.
Commerce 20-1 (9-1) In touch, weakened over 2f out, well beaten and eased over 1f out, tailed off, 12th of 14, 32l behind Push Me (8-12) at Salisbury 1m hcp 0-65 (6) sft in Sep.
Kalahaag (IRE) 8-1 (8-11) Raced keenly, with leader, led narrowly over 4f out, headed 3f out, soon lost place, weakened over 1f out, last of 10, 19l behind Larkrise Star (9-8) at Kempton 1m clm stks (0-65) (6) pol in Sep.