The best race on the card and a fascinating event in prospect. BILIDN has racked up five in a row in terrific style with good-margin successes and has understandably been raised a total of 29lb for his last four turf wins. He handles all ground types so won't be inconvenienced here and it's best to stick with him until beaten. However, Asker is a major danger. Unbeaten in two starts, one in a NH bumper and latterly when scoring easily on his Flat debut at Chepstow, he remains totally unexposed. The High Chaparral gelding clearly has ability and this should give us a better indication of his true merit. Praxiteles has been campaigned over timber in recent outings but it's worth noting that he did land a couple of Flat handicaps around this time last year.
Bilidn 11-10fav (9-13) Held up in rear, headway over 2f out, led 1f out, kept on well, won at Nottingham 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Jun beating Suzi's A Class Act (9-1) by 2 1/4l, 7 ran.
Asker (IRE) 11-4 (9-6) Dwelt, held up in touch in rear, pushed along 6f out, ridden over 4f out, headway over 2f out, led and edged right over 1f out, clear inside final furlong, ran on well, won at Chepstow 1m 4f mdn auc stks (5) hvy in Jun beating Villa Royale (8-8) by 6l, 5 ran.
Praxiteles (IRE) 14-1 (8-12) In touch, chased winner over 2f out, ridden and edged right over 1f out, no extra final 100 yards, 5th of 11, 6l behind Kangaroo Court (8-12) at Salisbury 1m 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in May.
Mezzanisi (IRE) 20-1 (8-5) Towards rear, headway over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, never a threat, 6th of 13, 7l behind Fiery Lad (9-7) at Epsom Downs 1m 4f hcp 0-100 (2) gf in Jun.
Royal Reverie 16-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, reminder 5f out, lost place 3f out, behind final 2f, last of 9, 30l behind Silken Thoughts (9-0) at Lingfield 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Aug.
Hamilton Hill 6-4fav (8-7) Slowly into stride, held up in last pair, headway over 3f out, challenged and carried slightly right from over 2f out, stayed on, just held, 2nd of 6, shd behind James Pollard (8-9) at Chepstow 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) hvy in Jun.
Sherman McCoy 8-1 (9-1) Led, ridden and headed over 2f out, no extra inside final furlong, 6th of 10, 5l behind Western Prize (9-4) at Salisbury 1m 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gf.