led, wide on home turn, ridden over 1f out, headed and not pace of winner final 150 yards
held up, wide on home turn, pushed along over 2f out, headway on outside over 1f out, weakened final furlong
patiently ridden, waited with in rear, smooth headway and switched left over 2f out, led final 150 yards, soon clear, readily
raced keenly, tracked leaders on inside, kept on same pace inside final furlong, went 3rd towards finish
chased leader 2f, handy 3rd, 2nd again 2f out, soon every chance and ridden, one pace inside final furlong, lost 3rd towards finish
raced keenly, held up, wide on home turn, ridden inside final 2f, hung right and weakened over 1f out
slowly into stride and awkwardly away, behind until pulled way up to press leader 6f out, lost 2nd 2f out, soon weakened
Biotic, Scrutiny and Almanack arrive on the back of a victory and are preferred in that order, the former having quickened up sweetly to oblige at Leicester latest. However, he's down 2f in trip now and has yet to win over 1m. The other two are upped in class and will almost certainly have to improve. Joanna Mason has a fine record, predominantly in the north, in such contests and should get a good spin from Mach One. Nevertheless, this is the first time the gelding has tackled turf for the Watson yard after ten successive starts on artificial surfaces and we'll let him run. MICHELE STROGOFF (NAP) has put together five really consistent and competitive efforts since joining Michael Appleby and can gain a deserved success despite topweight with trip and ground ideal for the Aqlaam gelding.
Michele Strogoff 7-4fav (9-0) Led, joined 2f out, kept on well until headed near finish, 2nd of 6, nk behind Dawaaleeb (10-0) at Redcar 1m hcp (3) gf in Jun.
Mach One 9-2 (9-12) Pulled hard in rear early, driven along entering final 4f, headway on inside 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, nearest finish, 4th of 10, 1 3/4l behind Kingston Kurrajong (10-0) at Kempton 1m hcp (5) pol in Jun.
Biotic 7-2fav (8-7) Slowly into stride, soon in touch on inside, headway on rails over 3f out, chased leaders, ridden to lead entering final furlong, stayed on well, won at Leicester 1m 2f hcp (5) gf in Jun beating Poetic Force (9-7) by 2 1/2l, 9 ran.
Scrutiny 7-1 (9-0) Keen tracked leaders, headway to lead entering final furlong, ridden out, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (6) pol in Jun beating Beatbybeatbybeat (9-5) by nk, 12 ran.
Dark Confidant (IRE) 25-1 (11-0) Prominent over 4f, soon weakened, 9th of 15, 5 1/4l behind Gaelic Wizard (10-0) at Hamilton 6f hcp (6) gf in Jun.
Almanack 10-1 (9-7) In touch, pushed along and headway 2f out, soon ridden, stayed on well final furlong to lead towards finish, won at Chelmsford City 1m hcp (7) pol in May beating Ertidaad (9-7) by nk, 14 ran.
England Expects 16-1 (8-9) Slowly into stride, always behind, last of 8, 8 1/2l behind Stosur (8-11) at Lingfield 1m hcp fll (5) pol in Jun.