KYZER CHIEF is the very tentative selection against Fashion Icon and Lord Of The Reins. Ronnie Barr's gelding has dropped to an attractive mark and with a favoured low draw, he has conditions to suit although his form this term has been patchy at best. He does need to reverse form with Fashion Icon. David O'Meara's inmate finished ahead of him at Doncaster and the yard could not be in better form.Lord Of The Reins has dropped by some 21lb since April. Regrettably he has been incapable of making the assessor pay for his leniency. Raccoon likes rattling fast ground and while the draw could have been better; this old stager is effectively taking a drop in grade having been let in today off a mark of 60 for this assignement. Windjammer and Spirit Of Coniston have won races of this nature in this past though neither scope as particularly reliable. Pressed For Time attempted to pilfer a prize at Lingfield under an aggressive ride prior to being swamped close home. Ballarina has given the handicapper precious little to look at but there must be some reason why Eric Alston has bothered to keep her in training so the evidence of the market is noted. Baby Queen ran poorly at Bath and is capable of better, Cogent cases for many though Kyzer Chief is offered in acceptance of a couple of reservations.
Raccoon (IRE) 9-1 (8-9) With leader, ridden over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, no extra towards finish, 2nd of 7, 2l behind Galpin Junior (9-0) at Catterick 5f clm stks (6) gs in Jul.
Lord of The Reins (IRE) 16-1 (9-2) Slowly into stride, in rear, never dangerous, last of 8, 8l behind Poppy's Rose (9-5) at Thirsk 5f app hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Jul.
Kyzer Chief 9-2 (8-7) Prominent, ridden and every chance over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, last of 11, 4l behind Frognal (9-7) at Beverley 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jul.
Baby Queen (IRE) 6-1 (8-10) Behind, pushed along halfway, kept on inside final furlong, not troubled leaders, 6th of 10, 3l behind Piazza San Pietro (9-9) at Bath 5f hcp 0-75 (5) fm in Jul.
Alacity (IRE) 50-1 (9-5) Slowly into stride, held up towards rear, headway on outer over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 11, 9l behind Flouncing (9-10) at Thirsk 6f fll hcp (5) gd in Jul.
Spirit of Coniston 25-1 (9-3) In touch on outside, weakened 2f out, 9th of 12, 10l behind Rio's Girl (8-3) at Musselburgh 5f hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Jul.
Windjammer 20-1 (8-9) Led, ridden and headed entering final furlong, soon weakened, 4th of 7, 3 1/2l behind Galpin Junior (9-0) at Catterick 5f clm stks (6) gs in Jul.
Azygous 20-1 (8-8) Stumbled and unseated rider start, in a race won by Hitches Dubai (9-8) at Beverley 5f hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Jul, 13 ran.
Loss Leader (IRE) 12-1 (9-8) Led to halfway, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 12, 9l behind Two Turtle Doves (10-4) at Thirsk 6f ladies hcp 0-55 (6) gf in Jul.
Fashion Icon (USA) 4-1fav (9-10) Chased leaders, ridden to lead 1f out, just held on, won at Doncaster 5f am hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jul beating Kyzer Chief (10-2) by shd, 16 ran.
Pressed For Time (IRE) 11-2 (9-0) Led and soon clear with one other, headed narrowly 2f out, soon ridden, still every chance inside final furlong, lost 2 places post, 4th of 10, 1/2l behind Scottish Glen (9-9) at Lingfield 5f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Jul.
Ballarina 13-2 (7-13) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened well inside final furlong, 6th of 7, 4 1/2l behind Dispol Grand (9-4) at Ayr 5f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gd in May '09.
Emma's Secrets 40-1 (8-12) Never near leaders, 10th of 13, 11l behind Clerical (9-0) at Yarmouth 6f hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Jul.
Town House 33-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, weakened over 1f out, 12th of 16, 11l behind Fashion Icon (9-10) at Doncaster 5f am hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jul.
Maragna (IRE) 28-1 (8-0) Mid-division, wide and headway approaching final furlong, ridden and one pace, 5th of 12, 6l behind Admiral Cochrane (9-4) at Wolverhampton 6f 2yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Dec.