ASHPAN SAM got taken off his feet over 5f at York last week but was staying on strongly at the death. This fast 6f looks tailor-made for John Spearing's sprinter and the rains appear to have arrived just in time. Ryan Moore keeps faith with the five-year-old and he can recoup losses incurred on the Knavesmire. Barracuda Boy is 5lb higher than when scoring at Wolverhampton but there should be more to come from lightly-raced Ascot winner Intrinsic and Ayr maiden winner Watchable. Secondo is better than he showed at Newmarket but Desert Command has more to do than when making a successful reappearance at Bath and Muthmir hasn't raced since August. Humidor may also need this and it's almost three years since he was winning in Listed company. Crew Cut was successful three times last year and is back on a winning mark.
Humidor (IRE) 66-1 (9-0) Started very slowly and lost all chance, tailed off throughout, last of 14, 25l behind Slade Power (9-0) at Ascot 6f Grp 2 (1) sft in Oct.
Ashpan Sam 11-2fav (9-3) Raced centre, chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, stayed on towards finish, 4th of 19, 2l behind Monsieur Joe (9-6) at York 5f hcp 0-105 (2) gs.
Watchable 9-4 (10-0) Tracked leader, led inside final furlong, kept on well, won at Ayr 6f mdn stks (5) gd in Apr beating Galvanize (9-3) by 3 1/2l, 4 ran.
Gramercy (IRE) 20-1 (8-13) Held up in rear stands side, headway inside final 2f, driven to chase leaders over 1f out, ridden and stayed on inside final furlong, never nearer, 5th of 25, 7l behind Gabriel's Lad (9-8) at Ascot 7f hcp (4yo+) (2) gs.
Ajjaadd (USA) 8-1 (9-7) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, one pace inside final furlong, 6th of 10, 7l behind Pandar (8-3) at Goodwood 5f hcp 0-95 (3) gs.
Joe Packet 33-1 (8-7) Close up, ridden 2f out, weakened 1f out, 18th of 20, 17l behind Aetna (8-9) at York 6f hcp 0-105 (2) sft.
Intrinsic 10-1 (9-7) Held up towards rear stands side, steady headway over 2f out, switched right and effort over 1f out, soon challenged, led inside final furlong, ran on, won at Ascot 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gs beating Trader Jack (9-4) by 1 1/4l, 18 ran.
Desert Command 2-1fav (9-7) Always prominent, ridden to challenge over 1f out, ran on to lead final 100 yards, won at Bath 6f hcp 0-80 (4) sft in Apr beating Vincentti (9-5) by 1/2l, 11 ran.
Crew Cut (IRE) 33-1 (8-5) Raced stand side, mainly towards rear, 17th of 21, 11l behind Goldream (8-10) at Newmarket 6f hcp (2) gf.
Waseem Faris (IRE) 10-1 (8-0) Dwelt, in rear, headway over 1f out, ridden inside final furlong, kept on towards finish, 2nd of 10, 1l behind Pandar (8-3) at Goodwood 5f hcp 0-95 (3) gs.
Secret Asset (IRE) 25-1 (9-4) Always behind, 14th of 16, 12l behind Demora (8-11) at Haydock 5f hcp 105 (2) gd in Sep.
Muthmir (IRE) 7-4fav (9-5) Tracked leader, keen, hung left and weakened over 1f out, 5th of 6, 6l behind Lancelot Du Lac (9-4) at Newmarket 6f 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gs in Aug.
Discussiontofollow (IRE) 9-2fav (9-3) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, stayed on under pressure inside final furlong, 3rd of 16, 1l behind Huntsmans Close (9-0) at Windsor 6f hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Apr.
Barnet Fair 5-1 (9-5) Taken to post early, held up, ridden 2f out, headway entering final furlong, not trouble leaders, 4th of 7, 3 1/2l behind Normal Equilibrium (8-8) at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-95 (3) gd.
Clear Spring (IRE) 16-1 (9-6) Raced centre, chased leaders, pushed along halfway, ridden well over 1f out, soon weakened, 12th of 15, 19l behind Blessington (9-0) at Ascot 6f hcp 0-95 (3) gd.
Secondo (FR) 10-1 (8-13) Held up, switched right to centre group halfway, headway soon after, ridden when weakened final furlong, 12th of 21, 8l behind Goldream (8-10) at Newmarket 6f hcp (2) gf.
Barracuda Boy (IRE) 5-4fav (9-7) Chased leader, led going well over 1f out, ridden and pressed inside final furlong, stayed on and found extra towards finish, won at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Apr beating Mappin Time (8-9) by 3/4l, 5 ran.
Seeking Magic 9-1 (9-0) Raced stand side, chased leaders, ridden 2f out, kept on same pace, 9th of 21, 4 1/2l behind Goldream (8-10) at Newmarket 6f hcp (2) gf.