Trainer Andrew Balding is yet to replicate his father Ian's 1990 success in landing this race, however he enters the affair in excellent form, boasting a 27% strike rate with 17 winners in the last 14 days.
Furthermore the trainer holds an enormously impressive +£115.40 profit from a £1 level stake on all his horses at Newbury across the last 3 seasons putting his race favourite Masekela in excellent stead prior to post time.
With 3 previous runs, Masekela is one of the most experienced runners in the field and ran on well to win over 6f on debut at Goodwood upon soft ground.
The son of El Kabeir was subsequently stepped up to 7f however was never on terms at Ascot in listed company, finishing a well beaten 5th in the Chesham at Ascot, once more upon soft ground.
He then improved for the switch to faster ground at Newmarket, expected of progeny of El Kabeir who have a strong preference to firmer ground, finishing a shoulder 2nd in the Group 2 Superlative Stakes at Newmarket, the standout form in this field.
Balding's runner now drops back down into listed company for the Denford and is equipped with the in-form William Buick in the saddle.