Sergeant Pink has obvious claims bidding for a hat-trick but there was little between him and Thackeray over course and distance earlier this month. Vodka Wells, Painted Tail and hurdles winner Spot The Pro are all unexposed on the Flat and open to improvement, but a tentative vote goes the way of VICKY VALENTINE. She went very close in a higher grade at Pontefract last month and Garry Whillans' 5lb allowance could prove crucial in this.
Vodka Wells (FR) 7-1 (9-12) Held up towards rear, ridden and headway over 2f out, kept on from over 1f out, 4th of 13, 7l behind Hallingham (8-12) at Sandown 1m 2f app hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jul.
Vicky Valentine 9-4fav (8-6) Tracked leader, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, lost 3rd place towards finish, 4th of 5, 7l behind Wilhana (9-7) at Newcastle 1m 4f fll hcp (0-85) (4yo+) (4) gf in Jul.
Spot The Pro (IRE) 28-1 (10-0) Close up, pushed along over 3f out, ridden and kept on one pace final furlong, 3rd of 6, 11l behind Law Keeper (9-0) at Carlisle 1m 1f mdn stks (5) gd in Jul.
Painted Tail (IRE) 16-1 (8-11) Held up in touch, pushed along 4f out, ridden over 2f out, kept on final furlong, never dangerous, 4th of 6, 6l behind Corton Lad (9-5) at Newcastle 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jun.
Sergeant Pink (IRE) 5-2fav (8-12) Towards rear, outpaced over 4f out, headway over 2f out, kept on to lead towards finish, won at Newcastle 1m 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gs beating Authentication (8-10) by hd, 7 ran.
Thackeray 16-1 (9-7) Took keen hold and held up last, headway and switched left over 1f out, strong run inside final furlong, went 2nd post, not reach winner, 2nd of 15, nk behind Sergeant Pink (9-2) at Carlisle 1m 3f ladies hcp 0-70 (5) gd.
Mambo Rhythm 4-1 (8-10) Led, ridden and headed 2f out, no impression with front pair over 1f out, lost place inside final furlong, 5th of 7, 7l behind Thorntoun Care (8-12) at Ayr 1m 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jul.
In Vino Veritas (IRE) 5-1 (8-8) Close up, lost place 6f out, weakened 2f out, soon eased, last of 6, 38l behind Special Fighter (9-1) at Beverley 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jul.
Mendelita 15-2 (8-10) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, soon weakened, 7th of 11, 9l behind Nakeeta (9-1) at Pontefract 1m 2f mdn hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jul.