Slatey Hen, runner-up six times in 2013 alone, seems sure to contend yet again despite the impost of topweight. Just outpointed here the last time by Even Bolder in a similar contest, it would not surprise were consistency finally rewarded. However, RIDGEWAY SAPPHIRE delivered a much better effort when second of 12 here in a competitive if moderate handicap when hunting up Hamis Al Bin last week. A repeat of that, which is by no means assured on previous evidence, would see Mark Usher's mare go very close and she receives a tentative nod. Renoir's Lady is interesting at the trip for the first time whilst Tooley Woods was dropped 3f in trip last time when a close third to Steel Rain at Chepstow. Yet to score over the minimum trip, that was a promising effort in the context of this race.
Slatey Hen (IRE) 5-1 (9-4) Pressed leader, ridden to lead inside final furlong, caught close home, 2nd of 10, nk behind Even Bolder (9-0) at Brighton 5f hcp (6) fm in Jun.
Excellent Aim 20-1 (8-11) In rear, never a factor, 9th of 11, 5l behind Frognal (9-12) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Feb.
Tooley Woods (IRE) 7-2 (9-3) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, went 3rd inside final furlong, kept on towards finish, 3rd of 9, 3/4l behind Steel Rain (9-5) at Chepstow 5f hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Jun.
Renoir's Lady 4-1 (9-0) Held up in last trio, moderate headway inside final furlong, 5th of 7, 6l behind Aqua Ardens (9-6) at Brighton 1m hcp 0-60 (6) fm in Jun.
Lesley's Choice 12-1 (9-1) Held up, pushed along halfway, plugged on inside final furlong, never dangerous, 5th of 9, 6l behind Nafa (9-2) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in May.
Surrey Dream (IRE) 10-1 (9-1) Chased leaders, went 2nd over 2f out until hard ridden 1f out, one pace and dropped to 3rd final 100 yards, 3rd of 14, 4 1/2l behind Lightning Spirit (9-7) at Brighton 1m hcp 0-55 (6) gf in Jun.
Miakora 25-1 (9-5) In touch, ridden over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 4th of 8, 2 1/4l behind Resonare (9-5) at Yarmouth 6f stks 0-55 (6) gf in May.
Bobbyow 25-1 (8-10) Tracked leaders, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 12th of 14, 17l behind Key Ambition (9-9) at Nottingham 6f hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Jun.
Ridgeway Sapphire 14-1 (8-13) Held up in rear, switched right 2f out, headway on outside over 1f out, stayed on to take 2nd towards finish, unable to reach winner, 2nd of 12, 1 3/4l behind Hamis Al Bin (9-9) at Brighton 6f hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Jun.
Delphica (IRE) 8-1 (9-0) Soon outpaced, 7th of 8, 14l behind Cara Gina (8-12) at Bath 6f 3yo hcp 0-55 (6) fm in Jun.
Sweet Talking Guy (IRE) 100-1 (9-2) Held up in rear, ridden over 3f out, no impression, 8th of 9, 26l behind Yeager (9-5) at Leicester 1m 3yo mdn (5) gd in Jun.
Sakhee's Alround 40-1 (8-4) Slowly away, in rear, soon tailed off, last of 14, 27l behind Maria Montez (9-3) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Jun.