Plenty of alternatives in this opener. Ghazan may have finally slipped far enough down the weights to get his head in front and finished ahead of Street Poet when runner-up over a longer trip here. The same goes for Destinys Rock, who also drops back down in distance along with Creative Talent, a winner here in March. Grey Destiny scored over 7f at the track earlier while Celtic Artisan is back on a winning mark and Helfire went close at Lingfield last time. But LAQAB will appreciate the return to this surface after struggling on the Fibresand at Southwell and gets a speculative vote on an earlier close-up fourth over course and distance in a higher grade than this.
Ghazan (IRE) 6-1 (9-4) Held up in touch, went 2nd over 2f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on, 2nd of 12, 1l behind False Id (8-13) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (6) pol in Apr.
Laqab (IRE) 14-1 (8-10) Dwelt towards rear, pushed along halfway, some late headway, 6th of 11, 7 1/2l behind Bond Angel (8-10) at Southwell 1m hcp (5) pol in Apr.
Grey Destiny 22-1 (9-6) Held up in rear, driven over 2f out, kept on under pressure inside final furlong, never nearer, 7th of 14, 6 1/2l behind Kentuckyconnection (9-5) at Newcastle 6f hcp (6) pol in Apr.
Dubai Mission (IRE) 100-1 (8-8) Always in rear, tailed off, 13th of 14, dist behind Michael's Mount (8-9) at Catterick 1m 4f hcp (4) sft in Oct.
Street Poet (IRE) 17-2 (8-13) Chased leaders and raced wide, hung left and weakened over 1f out, last of 11, 13 1/4l behind Nezar (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (5) pol in May.
Celtic Artisan (IRE) 7-1 (8-12) Close up, pushed along halfway, headway approaching final furlong, stayed on, 3rd of 12, 2 1/4l behind Mont Kinabalu (9-6) at Pontefract 1m hcp (5) gf in Apr.
Destinys Rock 9-2 (9-10) Held up towards rear, good headway on inside tracking leaders over 2f out, ridden to lead 1f out, headed, 5th of 12, 3 1/4l behind King Oswald (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (6) pol in Apr.
Topology 8-1 (9-2) Held up mid-division, pushed along and headway 2f out, ridden and hung left over 1f out, one pace final furlong, 5th of 12, 5 1/2l behind False Id (8-13) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (6) pol in Apr.
Creative Talent (IRE) 2-1 (9-6) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, every chance inside final furlong, kept on under pressure, 2nd of 11, 1/2l behind Sir Gnet (9-10) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp (6) pol in Mar.
Helfire 5-2fav (9-7) Always well placed, led over 1f out, ridden inside final furlong, caught last strides, 2nd of 11, hd behind Clement (9-1) at Lingfield 1m hcp (6) pol in Apr.
Gabrial's Kaka (IRE) 16-1 (8-13) Always behind, 10th of 14, 28l behind Bristol Missile (9-0) at Haydock 1m hcp (5) sft in Apr.
The King's Steed 9-2 (9-6) Sent forward to lead and set strong pace, headed over 4f out, led again over 3f out, headed over 1f out, faded, 4th of 12, 3 1/2l behind Hic Bibi (9-6) at Chelmsford City 7f hcp (6) pol in Apr.
Medici Moon 20-1 (9-2) Mid-division, weakened over 3f out, 7th of 12, 4 1/2l behind Camile (9-9) at Nottingham 1m hcp (6) sft in May.