slowly into stride, soon tracking leaders on inside, hampered and lost place 6f out, never on terms after, ridden and beaten when not clear run briefly on inside over 1f out
chased leaders, pushed along 3f out, ridden and weakened inside final 2f
tracked leaders, 2nd going well over 2f out, led inside final 2f and edged right to near side rail, ridden clear over 1f out, stayed on well
dwelt, soon chasing leaders, pushed along over 3f out, ridden over 1f out, went 2nd inside final furlong, kept on same pace, no chance with winner
raced keenly and hung left most of way, tracked leader, led 6f out until hung left 4f out, chased leader until over 2f out, weakened quickly, eased
took keen hold, held up in rear, reached mid-division on outside 3f out, soon ridden and weakened 2f out, behind and eased over 1f out
held up towards rear, headway on outside 2f out, kept on same pace in 3rd inside final furlong
towards rear, some headway over 1f out, never threatened
led 4f, tracked leader, in front again 4f out, ridden and headed inside final 2f, chased (easy) winner until weakened and lost 2 places inside final furlong
took keen hold in mid-division, pushed along and outpaced 3f out, never on terms
All ground comes alike to FAST AND HOT (NAP), who scored in the soft at Newbury in May and went close in a tougher race than this at Chepstow last time. Outcrop and Squiggley make less appeal on this surface but Evening Hill could figure on the back of a second at Chepstow. Oxford Don has only raced on the all-weather so far and makes his handicap debut while Hernandes will handle the going but has something to prove over today’s trip. Something was amiss with Blaze Of Hearts last time while the returning Sporty Yankee needs further.
Sea Sovereign (IRE) 20-1 (10-0) Led, headed over 8f out, tracked winner, ridden over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 6, 5 3/4l behind Humble Hero (9-0) at Doncaster 1m 4f mdn stks (5) gf in Jun.
Blaze Of Hearts (IRE) 5-1 (9-0) Held up in last pair, pushed along and outpaced in 4th 3f out, ridden and beaten when hung left final 2f, eased final furlong, 6th of 7, 30 1/4l behind Hollywood Road (9-4) at Windsor 1m 2f hcp (4) gf in Jun.
Fast And Hot (IRE) 7-4 (9-6) Led, ridden and headed approaching final furlong, kept on, 2nd of 4, 1/2l behind Priors Brook (9-7) at Chepstow 1m 2f hcp (5) gf in Jun.
Squiggley 8-1 (9-8) Raced wide close up, headway and not much room over 1f out, no impression final furlong, 6th of 12, 3 3/4l behind Lady Bergamot (8-11) at Leicester 1m 2f hcp fll (4) gf in Jul.
Outcrop (IRE) 14-1 (8-12) Raced keenly, led until approaching final 2f, soon ridden, chased winner, no impression when lost 2nd inside final furlong, weakened, 3rd of 10, 8 3/4l behind Mount Moriah (9-3) at Newbury 1m 3f hcp (4) sft in May.
Solajan (IRE) 20-1 (9-6) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 10th of 13, 14 1/4l behind Arab Moon (9-3) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp (4) pol in Jun.
Haulani (USA) 16-1 (8-12) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, ran on inside final 100 yards, only just missed out on 2nd, 5th of 10, 4 1/2l behind Mr Minerals (9-5) at Kempton 1m hcp (4) pol in Jul.
Hernandes (FR) 9-2 (9-3) Led for 1f, tracked leader until halfway, chased leaders, pushed along 3f out, outpaced over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 5th of 7, 6 1/4l behind Contango (9-6) at Chester 1m 2f hcp (4) gs in Jun.
Evening Hill 7-4fav (9-8) Chased leaders, progress over 2f out, stayed on to go 2nd closing stages, never reached winner, 2nd of 7, 1 3/4l behind Avocadeau (9-0) at Chepstow 1m 2f hcp (5) gd in Jul.
Balgair 7-2 (9-2) Mid-division, ridden 3f out, weakened inside final 2f, tailed off, 7th of 8, 20 1/4l behind Redgrave (9-4) at Newmarket 1m hcp (5) gs in Jun.
Tower Power 8-1 (9-0) Tracked leader, reminders 4f out, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 5, 17 1/4l behind Alshan Fajer (8-10) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp (3) pol in Jan.
Sporty Yankee (USA) 16-1 (12-1) Held up towards rear, outpaced 3 out, well beaten next, 6th of 7, 29 3/4l behind Theo (11-9) at Worcester 2m hcp (4) gd in Jun.
Oxford Don 5-4fav (9-5) Slowly into stride, held up, pushed along on outside over 2f out, ridden and went 3rd inside final furlong, one pace, 3rd of 4, 2 3/4l behind Lightly Squeeze (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f mdn stks (5) pol in Apr.