Rydan scored over 1m6f here recently and is preferred to stablemate Age Of Wisdom. The latter was narrowly beaten by Knight Crusader over 2m at Kempton in March while Flintrock ran well over today’s trip at Ascot a fortnight ago. OCTOBER STORM missed most of last year but returned to action with a close-up third at Doncaster behind a subsequent winner. A bold bid is expected from Mick Channon’s charge with an apprentice taking 7lb off his back today and he gets the vote. Emenem and Archimento have something to prove over this far but Blue Rambler hasn’t won on the Flat since way back in 2013 and winning hurdler Elysees is preferred back in this code.
Blue Rambler 25-1 (9-7) Tracked leader, led after 3f, headed 3f out, soon rallied, every chance over 1f out, kept on well under pressure, no chance with easy winner, 2nd of 9, 1 1/4l behind Mugatoo (9-7) at Doncaster 1m 7f hcp (4) gd in May.
Archimento 25-1 (8-10) In rear, ridden over 2f out, never near leaders, 6th of 11, 11 1/2l behind Eden Rose (8-9) at Kempton 2m hcp (2) pol in Apr.
Emenem 10-1 (8-7) Tracked leaders, pushed along to chase leader over 2f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, headed entering final furlong, kept on same pace, 4th of 12, 4l behind Soto Sizzler (8-9) at Epsom 1m 4f hcp (3) gd in Apr.
Medburn Cutler 33-1 (9-6) Mid-division, lost place over 4f out, behind when ridden over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 8, 26 1/4l behind Agrapart (9-2) at Ascot 2m hcp (3) sft in May.
Flintrock (GER) 16-1 (9-6) Very slowly away, held up in last pair, headway over 4f out, chased leaders when switched outside 2f out, soon ridden, edged right and kept on inside final furlong, took 3rd final strides, no impression, 3rd of 8, 4 1/2l behind Agrapart (9-2) at Ascot 2m hcp (3) sft in May.
Knight Crusader 16-1 (9-6) Held up, headway over 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, stayed on into 2nd, never reached winner, 2nd of 10, 3/4l behind Orin Swift (9-6) at Nottingham 1m 6f hcp (4) gs in Apr.
Rydan (IRE) 8-1 (9-5) Held up towards rear, good headway on outside over 1f out, led inside final furlong, soon clear, won at Goodwood 1m 6f hcp (5) gd in May beating Berrahri (9-5) by 2l, 13 ran.
October Storm 10-1 (9-0) Held up, headway over 3f out, every chance over 2f out, kept on under pressure, 3rd of 12, 3/4l behind Handiwork (9-6) at Doncaster 2m hcp (4) gd in Apr.
Seinesational 9-2 (9-6) Chased leaders, effort over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 6th of 9, 8 1/4l behind Mugatoo (9-7) at Doncaster 1m 7f hcp (4) gd in May.
Elysees (IRE) 9-2 (11-12) Held up mid-division, chased leaders before 3 out, ridden when switched left between last 2, went 4th and kept on flat, no impression, 4th of 14, 4 1/4l behind The Knot Is Tied (11-1) at Newbury 2m 3f hcp (2) gs in Mar.
Jacob Cats 14-1 (9-7) Slowly away, held up in rear, pushed along when not clear run 2f out, plugged on when in the clear final furlong, 8th of 13, 8 1/4l behind Rydan (9-5) at Goodwood 1m 6f hcp (5) gd in May.
Atomic Jack 2-1fav (9-2) Led 4f, remained prominent, ridden and kept on same pace final 2f, 5th of 12, 14 3/4l behind Eden Rose (9-7) at Lingfield 2m hcp (5) pol in Mar.
Age Of Wisdom (IRE) 7-4fav (11-13) Held up tracking leaders, hampered 4 out, 2nd before 3 out, led after 3 out, headed approaching 2 out, kept on same pace, no chance with winner, 2nd of 8, 6l behind Kereman (11-7) at Plumpton 2m 5f hcp (5) gd in Apr.