Mandhooma is a standing dish at this track and was winning for the seventh time here on his latest outing. He's 5lb higher today but is not easily dismissed. Windsor winner Blue Maisey has claims, but it was a lower grade race that No Larking won here last time and he too has a 5lb rise to contend with. Rosedale and Final Verse have the past form to figure, but a chance is taken that the less-exposed ENCORE UN FOIS will find the necessary improvement for a yard with a good strike rate at this course.
Mandhooma 9-2 (9-0) Behind, headway over 2f out, ran on to lead well inside final furlong, ridden out, won at Brighton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) gd beating Blue Deer (8-2) by nk, 9 ran.
Rosedale 12-1 (8-13) Chased leading trio, hampered on rail entering final 2f and shuffled back, soon switched left, stayed on inside final furlong, 4th of 9, 6l behind Thistle Bird (9-7) at Windsor 1m flls hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Aug.
Final Verse 10-1 (9-12) Pressed leader, led inside final 3f, ridden and headed well over 1f out, no impression when weakened to 3rd inside final furlong, 3rd of 10, 3 1/2l behind Ashkalara (9-0) at Chepstow 1m hcp 0-70 (5) sft in Aug.
Ancient Greece 22-1 (9-3) Dwelt, held up behind, effort over 2f out, never dangerous, 10th of 15, 8l behind Madame Excelerate (9-2) at Sandown 1m app hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Jul.
Malanos (IRE) 16-1 (9-3) Chased leader until over 6f out, stayed handy until weakened 2f out, 7th of 13, 11l behind Almagest (9-3) at Windsor 1m 2f mdn stks (5) gd in Aug.
Cat Hunter 9-1 (9-2) Slowly away, in rear, headway on inside from 3f out, squezzed through to lead 2f out, ridden and headed inside final furlong, held when hampered soon after, 4th of 10, 4 1/2l behind Orientalist (9-1) at Epsom Downs 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gs in Aug.
Phluke 11-1 (9-7) Raced centre, chased leaders, ridden and weakened 3f out, 8th of 11, 13l behind Mr Udagawa (9-10) at Chepstow 1m hcp 0-65 (6) sft.
Biancarosa (IRE) (9-5) 9th of 12 Ilkuna (8-9) at San Siro(ITY) 1m hcp in Oct.
Blue Maisey 7-4fav (9-5) Took keen hold, prominent and raced wide early, ridden and pressing winner 2f out, soon edged left, not much room 1f out, stayed on same pace, 4th of 9, 3 1/2l behind Adorable Choice (9-2) at Nottingham 1m 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Aug.
Cheylesmore (IRE) 11-2 (9-7) Led, headed over 6f out, ridden 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 6, 14l behind Caledonia Prince (7-12) at Southwell 1m Apprentice Handicap (0-75) (3yo) (5) fbs in Aug.
Silver Alliance 12-1 (9-7) Held up in rear, switched left 2f out, headway over 1f out, soon ridden, never on terms, 5th of 9, 6l behind Adorable Choice (9-2) at Nottingham 1m 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Aug.
No Larking (IRE) 7-2 (9-3) Made all, switched to stand side over 1f out, hard ridden, ran on well, won at Brighton 1m hcp 0-65 (6) sft in Aug beating Inquisitress (8-8) by 3 1/2l, 8 ran.
Encore Un Fois 9-1 (9-2) Keen held up in rear, ridden and headway 2f out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 8, 8l behind Diverting (9-0) at Yarmouth 1m 1f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Aug.