held up towards rear, headway on outer over 2f out, ridden and edged left over 1f out, challenged winner and upsides last 150 yards when rider dropped whip, soon eased when rider mistook winning post, shaken up near finish, just held close home
Cono Zur won last year's renewal off the same mark as today and should go well from the front while Majestic Dream is also back on a winning mark, though he's yet to score over today's trip. ALBAQAA went close in this grade at Newmarket last time under today's apprentice and finally looks set to end his long losing run. He gets the nod ahead of a few of these looking to make amends for recent disappointing efforts. They include Toga Tiger, Steel Stockholder and Silverware but Restaurateur should have come on for his reappearance and makes more appeal than plating race winners Prime Exhibit and Classic Colori.
Prime Exhibit 11-4 (9-7) Held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, led over 1f out, held on well, won at Leicester 1m sell stks (6) gf beating Pravda Street (9-7) by 1 1/2l, 7 ran.
Pearl Nation (USA) 9-4fav (10-7) Mid-division, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 8th of 11, 6l behind Karaka Jack (10-2) at Doncaster 7f ldy hcp (4) gf in Apr.
Classic Colori (IRE) 7-4fav (9-7) Chased leaders, lost place when outpaced over 2f out, rallied on outside over 1f out, went 3rd inside final furlong and stayed on but never going pace to challenge, 3rd of 7, 1 3/4l behind Honey Of A Kitten (8-6) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f clm stks (6) pol in Apr.
Restaurateur (IRE) 8-1 (11-3) Steadied start, held up in rear, headway on inside over 2f out, 3rd and one pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 12, 2 1/4l behind Carazam (10-9) at Sandown 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gs in Apr.
Barwick 9-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, keen in rear, ridden 2f out, not trouble leaders, 6th of 7, 7l behind Snooky (8-10) at Yarmouth 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Apr.
Silverware (USA) 14-1 (9-6) Prominent, ridden 3f out, lost place over 1f out, soon weakened, 7th of 10, 15l behind Mont Ras (10-0) at Redcar 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Sword In Hand 6-1 (9-4) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, soon one pace, 7th of 13, 11l behind Invincible Hero (9-1) at Nottingham 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gd.
Albaqaa 14-1 (8-10) Slow into stride towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, stayed on to go 2nd final strides, 2nd of 18, 1 1/4l behind Red Seventy (9-3) at Newmarket 7f hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Majestic Dream (IRE) 9-2fav (9-4) Took keen hold, tracked leader until over 5f out, ridden over 1f out, every chance entering final furlong, kept on and held towards finish, 2nd of 10, 1 1/2l behind Mujaadel (8-12) at Beverley 7f hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
One Scoop Or Two 20-1 (9-1) Mid-division, headway 3f out, weakened final furlong, 7th of 12, 10l behind Lord Of The Dance (8-12) at Haydock 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Apr.
Cono Zur (FR) 4-1 (8-12) Led, headed final furlong, ridden inside final furlong, lost 2nd place towards finish, 3rd of 8, 2 1/4l behind Coral Sands (8-7) at Hamilton 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gs.
Toga Tiger (IRE) 10-1 (8-11) Held up, ridden and kept on final furlong, never nearer, 8th of 18, 8l behind Rockalong (9-6) at Ascot 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Ewell Place (IRE) 5-4fav (9-5) Slowly into stride, switched to inside, headway to go close up over 5f out, ridden over 2f out, soon beaten, eased final furlong, last of 8, 16l behind Brocklebank (9-0) at Lingfield 1m 3yo clm stks (6) pol in Nov.
Steel Stockholder 9-2 (9-7) Held up, ridden over 4f out, headway on outside over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 10, 13l behind King Of Eden (9-12) at Newcastle 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Apr.
Uncle Dermot (IRE) 10-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, driven to challenge over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 11th of 13, 21l behind Invincible Hero (9-1) at Nottingham 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gd.
Hayek 10-1 (8-11) Towards rear, headway on inner over 1f out, one pace, 8th of 10, 8l behind Mujaadel (8-12) at Beverley 7f hcp 0-75 (5) gf.