led, headed 6f out, led again over 1f out, quickened 4 lengths clear, idled inside final furlong
in touch, ridden and headway on outer over 1f out, never nearer
switched left start, took keen hold in rear, pushed along over 1f out, ran on, nearest finish
held up, ridden and weakened over 1f out
tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, weakened final furlong
in touch, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on one pace
raced wide tracked leaders, ridden to chase winner entering final furlong, soon edged left, lost 2nd towards finish
tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong
always towards rear
raced wide tracked leaders, led 6f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened final furlong
held up, ridden and headway on outer over 1f out, ran on, went 2nd towards finish
in touch, pushed along 4f out, weakened 2f out
Zodiakos only managed to win at Southwell last year despite tumbling down the handicap but has gone close on several occasions subsequently. He meets Ascot Week on better terms having finished runner-up to the latter at Newcastle in December while Steal The Scene hasn’t been beaten far in a couple of outings over 7f recently. Im Dapper Too hasn’t won since landing a hat-trick in 2017 with a victory over track and trip but is back on a winning mark while JO’S GIRL has undergone wind surgery since last in action. Micky Hammond’s filly made a winning reappearance over course and distance at this time last year and is taken to make another bold bid only 2lb higher.
Casement (IRE) 7-2 (10-12) In touch, outpaced 3 out, never on terms, weakened before next, 7th of 8, 37 1/2l behind Shiroccan Roll (10-12) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f (4) gs in Sep.
Jo's Girl (IRE) 16-1 (8-3) Unseated rider and ran loose to start, mid-division, ridden and headway on outer 2f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 5th of 17, 6 1/2l behind Deja (9-2) at Pontefract 1m 2f hcp (4) gs in Oct.
Agar's Plough 12-1 (9-4) Mid-division, struggling and hanging right over 2f out, 9th of 11, 4 1/4l behind Choral Music (9-3) at Kempton 1m hcp (5) pol in Oct.
Hitman 14-1 (9-7) Slowly away in rear, ridden and weakened 2f out, last of 8, 14 3/4l behind Detachment (9-12) at Beverley 1m hcp (5) gs in Sep.
Beverley Bullet 40-1 (8-10) Towards rear, never on terms, 10th of 12, 14 1/4l behind Hammer Gun (9-7) at Southwell 1m hcp (4) pol in Mar.
Ascot Week (USA) 11-2 (9-5) Headway chasing leaders halfway, outpaced when hung left 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 10, 5 1/4l behind Dashing Poet (9-3) at Southwell 1m hcp (5) pol in Dec.
Zodiakos (IRE) 3-1fav (9-3) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, never able to challenge, 5th of 11, 4 1/4l behind Mr Coco Bean (9-0) at Southwell 1m hcp (5) pol in Jan.
Im Dapper Too 6-1 (9-9) In touch, ridden 2f out, weakened final furlong, 9th of 13, 9 3/4l behind Gilded Heaven (9-7) at Newcastle 1m hcp (6) pol in Nov.
Steal The Scene (IRE) 11-2 (9-1) Raced keenly, chased leaders on inside, ridden and unable to quicken over 1f out, no extra towards finish, 5th of 8, 1 1/2l behind Astrospeed (9-6) at Kempton 7f hcp (5) pol in Feb.
Squire 8-1 (8-13) Dwelt raced wide tracked leaders, led 7f out, soon 4 lengths clear, reduced lead 3f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 9th of 10, 15 1/4l behind Bayston Hill (9-7) at Chelmsford City 1m 2f hcp (5) pol in Apr.
Mr Carbonator 8-1 (8-10) In rear, pushed along halfway, nearest finish, 7th of 12, 7 1/4l behind Hammer Gun (9-7) at Southwell 1m hcp (4) pol in Mar.
Hediddodinthe (IRE) 33-1 (9-9) With leaders, led 8f out, ridden and headed 4f out, soon weakened, tailed off, 9th of 12, dist behind Ebqaa (9-11) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp (6) pol in Mar.