Baltic Prince ended last year placed off today’s mark on the all-weather while both Wufud and Department Of War wear a tongue-tie on their seasonal debuts and the former has also undergone wind surgery. Handytalk was still beaten six lengths when runner-up at Bath but Dream Catching ran well at Brighton before beaten over a shorter trip at Ascot. CHARLES MOLSEN failed to win last year but was competing in higher grade races than this all season. He’ll have come on for a recent reappearance and could go close in this lower grade allowed to race off a much lower mark on Turf.
Department Of War (IRE) 2-1fav (9-6) Led early, held up in touch, ridden over 2f out, soon beaten, 4th of 7, 8l behind Beauvais (8-13) at Ripon 1m 3f stks (5) gf in May.
Charles Molson 17-2 (9-3) In touch, driven to chase leaders on outside over 2f out, soon ridden, kept on same pace, well held in 4th final furlong, 4th of 6, 8 1/4l behind Game Player (9-6) at Lingfield 7f hcp (3) gd in May.
Wufud 11-1 (8-11) In touch, effort over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 9, 5 3/4l behind Ledham (9-0) at Kempton 1m hcp (3) pol in Sep.
Jellmood 25-1 (8-11) In touch, outpaced over 2f out, plugged on, 6th of 8, 5 1/4l behind Greenside (9-4) at Windsor 1m hcp (3) gd in May.
La Maquina 5-1 (9-4) Dwelt, held up, never dangerous, 11th of 14, 8 1/2l behind King's Slipper (9-9) at Kempton 1m hcp (4) pol in Apr.
Pour La Victoire (IRE) 66-1 (9-3) Held up in touch, pushed along and weakened 3f out, last of 20, 28 3/4l behind Enigmatic (9-7) at Ascot 1m hcp (4) gf in May.
Baltic Prince (IRE) 28-1 (9-3) Pressed leader, led 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on until headed and no extra inside final 100 yards, 2nd of 11, 1l behind Critical Thinking (8-10) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp (4) pol in Dec.
Dream Catching (IRE) 12-1 (8-7) With winner, ridden and every chance over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 9th of 11, 4 1/4l behind Louie de Palma (9-1) at Ascot 6f hcp (3) sft in May.
Handytalk (IRE) 13-2 (9-3) Always in touch, ridden to chase winner over 1f out, no impression, 2nd of 6, 6l behind Mr Tyrrell (9-7) at Bath 1m hcp (4) fm in May.