THE STRIG, a winner over course and distance in July, has been knocking on the door again lately. He's been raised a couple of pounds since his latest second at Sandown but his ability to handle both track and going is a major plus and he must go close again. After 40 career starts, this is Warwick winner Rigoletto's first try over the minimum trip and Fairy Wing may also find this too sharp but Salisbury maiden winner Threave may have more to offer. Griffin Point was sent off favourite at Ffos Las earlier this month but was beaten a neck and is a pound higher here while Volito still appears in the handicapper's grip.
Rigolleto (IRE) 7-2 (9-6) Soon chasing leaders, ridden to challenge over 1f out, led inside final furlong, all out, won at Warwick 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Aug beating Ace Master (8-10) by hd, 10 ran.
Above The Stars 4-1 (9-7) Keen tracked leaders, ridden and every chance over 1f out, kept on one pace, 4th of 5, 1 1/4l behind Saskia's Dream (8-13) at Brighton 6f flls hcp 0-75 (5) gs.
Threave 20-1 (8-8) Keen to post, raced keenly, made all, shaken up and clear final furlong, unchallenged, won at Salisbury 5f mdn stks (4) gf beating Perfect Muse (9-0) by 4l, 6 ran.
Commandingpresence (USA) 8-1 (9-5) Tracked leader, ridden and weakened over 2f out, 6th of 10, 10l behind Monsieur Jamie (9-7) at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-70 (5) sft.
Fairy Wing (IRE) 11-2 (8-11) Led and clear with winner, headed over 4f out, chased winner, ridden over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 3rd of 6, 8l behind Kamchatka (9-4) at Brighton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) sft.
The Strig 20-1 (8-13) Slowly into stride, held up towards rear, headway on outside over 1f out, chased winner inside final furlong, no real impression, 2nd of 11, 2l behind Rocket Rob (9-10) at Sandown 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Aug.
Griffin Point (IRE) 2-1fav (9-0) Led, ridden 2f out, headed over 1f out, edged left inside final furlong, stayed on, 2nd of 7, nk behind Dangerous Age (9-4) at Ffos Las 5f hcp 0-65 (6) gf.
Volito 9-2 (9-3) Dwelt, in rear, ridden over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, went 2nd towards finish, 2nd of 6, 1 1/2l behind Pharoh Jake (8-5) at Brighton 5f hcp 0-60 (6) gf.