It was soft going when Dark Jedi won at Hamilton and he’ll find this much tougher upped in grade under a penalty. Benadalid is a credit to connections and has won three of his six previous starts here, included his latest last month. He has to go on the shortlist as he probably holds Mulligatawny on the form book. Nicklaus has claims if his Ascot run has blown away a few cobwebs and Sameem won here last season. HESSLEWOOD tries a new trip but was just beaten under P J McDonald over an extended mile at Beverley two runs ago so should last home around here.
Sameem (IRE) 9-2 (9-7) Led, pushed along over 2f out, headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 11, 6 3/4l behind Babbo's Boy (9-4) at Haydock 1m 2f hcp (3) gs in Jun.
Nicklaus 18-1 (9-6) Raced near side, chased leaders, hung right and weakened over 1f out, 10th of 22, 5 3/4l behind Sir Busker (9-10) at Ascot 1m hcp (2) gd in Jun.
Star Of Southwold (FR) 11-1 (8-12) Led 2f, prominent, ridden 2f out, no impression final furlong, 5th of 9, 4 3/4l behind Nicholas T (9-3) at Ayr 1m 2f hcp (2) gd in Jun.
Mulligatawny (IRE) 3-1 (9-10) Prominent, led over 2f out, headed over 1f out, no extra towards finish, 3rd of 7, 2 1/4l behind Dark Jedi (9-3) at Hamilton 1m 1f hcp (4) sft in Jun.
Hesslewood (IRE) 11-2 (9-5) Chased leaders, every chance inside final 2f, ridden and weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 13, 3 3/4l behind Gallipoli (8-13) at Redcar 1m hcp (3) gs in Jun.
Benadalid 9-1 (9-1) Held up in rear, headway 2f out, switched left over 1f out, led inside final furlong, readily, won at Ripon 1m 2f hcp (3) gs in Jun beating Hats Off To Larry (9-7) by 1l, 11 ran.
Arctic Fox 50-1 (8-12) Mid-division, some headway 2f out, soon weakened, 8th of 12, 16 1/2l behind Medal Winner (9-2) at Newcastle 1m 2f hcp (3) pol in Jun.
Dark Jedi (IRE) 16-5 (9-3) Chased leaders, not clear run over 2f out, soon switched left, ridden to lead inside final furlong, stayed on, won at Hamilton 1m 1f hcp (4) sft in Jun beating Where's Jeff (9-7) by 1l, 7 ran.