STRATEGIC ACTION had shown virtually nothing before scoring in a first-time tongue-tie at Folkestone where he landed a bit of a touch at big prices. That was a poor race but this isn't much better and as he's only been raised 3lb he has to get the vote. Lady Heartbeat hasn't been seen since January but has shown some promise while a first-time visor may have an effect on Minty Jones, who showed a bit more at Beverley last time. Desert Red is inconsistent but can't go much lower in the weights while the remainder enter the fray in poor shape.
Strategic Action (IRE) 16-1 (8-6) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 2f out, led over 1f out, edged right inside final furlong, held on well, won at Folkestone 6f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Aug beating Indiana Guest (8-8) by nk, 6 ran.
Rain Dance 25-1 (9-3) With leader, led 4f out, ridden and headed 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 10, 7l behind Kashmiri Star (9-2) at Brighton 6f 3yo hcp 0-55 (6) gs in Aug.
Lady Heartbeat 10-1 (8-7) Led, headed over 2f out, ridden and one pace inside final furlong, 4th of 7, 5l behind Oratorian (9-7) at Kempton 6f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Jan.
Lana (IRE) 14-1 (8-10) Took keen hold and prominent, ridden halfway, soon weakened, 7th of 8, 17l behind Juarla (9-3) at Chepstow 6f hcp 0-55 (6) sft in Aug.
Minty Jones 20-1 (8-9) Dwelt, tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 7th of 14, 3 1/2l behind Daddy Warbucks (9-7) at Beverley 7f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jul.
Johnny Splash (IRE) 33-1 (8-4) With leader, ridden over 2f out, no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 14, 9l behind Classic Falcon (9-2) at Lingfield 1m 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Aug.
Green Mountain (IRE) 12-1 (8-7) Reluctant to load in stalls, held up towards rear, pushed along over 3f out, never on terms, 6th of 9, 27l behind Siberian Belle (8-6) at Yarmouth 1m app hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Aug.
Desert Red (IRE) 10-1 (8-12) Chased leaders, went 2nd entering final 3f, ridden over 1f out, held when lost 2nd inside final furlong, kept on same pace, 3rd of 9, 2l behind Cone Donkey (8-12) at Catterick 6f mdn stks (5) sft in Aug.
Rainbow Riches (IRE) 16-1 (8-1) Chased leaders, went 2nd on inside and and every chance 2f out, still pressing winner over 1f out, lost 2nd inside final furlong, weakened soon after, 5th of 12, 4 1/2l behind Community (8-11) at Brighton 7f sell hcp 0-60 (6) gd in Aug.
Peg Peg 80-1 (8-1) Steadied start, held up in rear, pushed along on outside halfway, plugged on inside final furlong, never involved, 8th of 12, 9l behind Community (8-11) at Brighton 7f sell hcp 0-60 (6) gd in Aug.