led chasing group in 3rd, closer and hung left over 1f out, kept on in 3rd towards finish, no chance with winner
slowly into stride, always behind
tried to anticipate start, off the pace in 4th on outside, headway over 1f out, ridden and kept on into 2nd close home, no chance with winner
off the pace in last pair, closer on inside halfway, chasing leaders when hung left and ridden over 1f out, soon switched right and ran on to lead final 100 yards, soon clear
slight lead on rail, narrowly headed 2f out, chased leader and every chance until inside final furlong, weakened soon after
pressed leader who set strong pace and clear of rest, led narrowly 2f out, reduced lead over 1f out, ridden and headed final 100 yards, weakened and lost two places towards finish
Shamshon has failed to figure since winning over track and trip in April while A Sure Welcome was winning for the first time on Turf when scoring at Chepstow last time and is 5lb higher. He finished ahead of Crystal Deauville on that occasion and the latter has since placed over 7f here while All Back To Mine won on fast going at Goodwood before struggling in soft ground at the same track. ARCHIMEDES landed a double at Newcastle early in the year but was successful over today’s trip at Bath last summer and after placing on his latest start, David Griffiths’ charge looks set for a return to winning ways.
Shamshon (IRE) 6-1 (9-7) Held up in 6th, never on terms, 7th of 8, 6 3/4l behind Little Boy Blue (9-9) at Brighton 6f hcp (4) gf in Jun.
Jashma (IRE) 8-1 (9-7) Towards rear, ridden over 1f out, never a factor, 5th of 8, 4 1/2l behind Harry's Bar (9-1) at Lingfield 5f hcp (4) pol in Jun.
A Sure Welcome 10-3fav (9-5) Rider was late to take off blindfold and went left start badly hampering runner up, tracked leader, led approaching final furlong, hung right under pressure inside final furlong, held on, won at Chepstow 5f hcp (5) gs in Jun beating Ladweb (8-10) by 1 1/2l, 9 ran.
Whataguy 11-2 (10-1) Stumbled start, prominent, led over 2f out, headed over 1f out, no extra closing stages, 4th of 10, 2 1/2l behind Miracle Garden (9-2) at Bath 6f hcp (4) gs in Jun.
Crystal Deauville (FR) 6-1 (9-9) Led after 1f, went clear 4f out, still 4 lengths ahead over 1f out, headed and weakened towards finish, 3rd of 11, 1/2l behind Wilson (9-7) at Brighton 7f hcp (5) gf in Jun.
Archimedes (IRE) 8-1 (9-6) Chased winner, outpaced over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, lost 2nd close home, 3rd of 10, 1 1/4l behind Brogans Bay (8-8) at Lingfield 5f hcp (6) pol in Jun.
Pink Iceburg (IRE) 20-1 (8-13) Chased leading trio, weakened final furlong, 5th of 8, 8l behind Angel Alexander (9-3) at Windsor 5f hcp (4) gd in Jun.
All Back To Mine 7-1 (9-3) Soon led, keen, headed over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 9, 8 1/4l behind Aperitif (8-10) at Goodwood 6f hcp fll (5) sft in Jun.