Morando had little chance behind Enable in the King George at Ascot last time but won the Ormonde over today’s trip at Chester back in May for which he’s penalised. He still has plenty in hand on these terms with the progressive handicappers Sextant and Durston, though Technician has a shout at the weights. However, the latter has come up short at this level on a couple of occasions now so a chance is taken on SAMEEM showing further progress. James Tate’s colt beat the higher-rated Persian Moon easily enough in a Listed race at Hamilton last time and this extra distance should suit judged on the manner of his victory.
Morando (FR) 66-1 (9-7) Slowly into stride, towards rear, reminders 5f out, never a factor, tailed off, 8th of 11, 33 3/4l behind Enable (9-4) at Ascot 1m 4f Grp 1 stks (1) gs in Jul.
Sextant 5-4fav (9-12) Made all, quickened over 3f out, hard driven over 1f out, held on well, won at Ascot 1m 4f hcp (2) gf in Jul beating Almost Midnight (8-12) by 1 1/4l, 6 ran.
Durston 13-2 (8-8) Steadied start, raced keenly in last pair, good headway between horses over 2f out, ridden and went 2nd approaching final furlong, stayed on towards finish, just held, 2nd of 13, nk behind Sir Ron Priestley (9-4) at Goodwood 1m 4f hcp (2) gd in Jul.
Sameem (IRE) 7-2 (9-5) Made all, steadied pace 6f out, quickened pace 3f out, ridden and ran on, won at Hamilton 1m 3f lst stks (1) sft in Jul beating Persian Moon (9-5) by 3l, 6 ran.
Technician (IRE) 16-1 (9-1) Tracked leaders, lost place 7f out, wide and headway 4f out, ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 6th of 9, 6 1/4l behind Nayef Road (9-1) at Goodwood 1m 4f Grp 3 stks (1) gd in Aug.