Gower Sophia is still a maiden from twenty starts and although she didn't appreciate the testing conditions at Newcastle last time, she is hard to fancy. Newbury Street looked like he was heading the right way when winning in May but he has failed to build on that performance and connections try dropping him to the minimum trip. Avonvalley is rated 5lb higher on the all-weather and rightly so as George Baker's filly has shown better aptitude on the artificial. However, she comes here after winning last time out and clearly in decent nick is worth consideration. Prince James has been showing signs that he is getting the hang of handicaps and looks realistically weighted. Miss Daawe is a 1lb higher than her last winning mark and is worth a closer look as a fan of this trip, but FASHION ICON receives the nomination just 4lb higher in the ratings after winning here most recently. David O'Meara has been firing out the winners, especially here where he holds a 33% strike-rate. His filly is in good heart, acts on a variety of ground and looks the most credible option to side with.
Avonvalley 3-1 (8-11) Held up last, came very wide into staraight, headway over 1f out, stayed on to lead final 100 yards, won at Lingfield 6f 3yo sell stks (6) pol beating Kate Skate (8-11) by 1l, 8 ran.
Newbury Street 33-1 (9-6) Chased leaders, ridden over 3f out, hung left from 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 10th of 14, 16l behind Charles Parnell (8-13) at Ayr 6f hcp 0-65 (6) gs.
Liberty Ship 11-1 (9-0) Prominent, ridden over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 12th of 14, 9l behind Select Committee (8-9) at Beverley 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Sep.
Prince James 33-1 (8-8) In rear, headway when not clear run 1f out, ridden and ran on to go 3rd near finish, 3rd of 8, 1 3/4l behind Matsunosuke (9-1) at Wolverhampton 5f clm stks (6) pol.
First Swallow 11-1 (9-3) Led center, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened entering final furlong, 6th of 15, 7l behind Tamarind Hill (8-11) at Nottingham 5f hcp 0-65 (6) gd.
Miss Daawe 9-1 (8-8) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, stayed on, not pace of leaders, 4th of 14, 3l behind Select Committee (8-9) at Beverley 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Sep.
Your Gifted (IRE) 33-1 (8-5) Behind stands side, ridden 2f out, never dangerous, 11th of 14, 24l behind Foreign Rhythm (8-5) at Newcastle 5f hcp 0-70 (5) hvy.
Ursus 10-1 (9-0) Held up towards rear, headway halfway, soon chasing leaders, weakened over 1f out, 10th of 12, 17l behind Northern Flyer (9-1) at Catterick 7f hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Sep.
Rio Sands 10-1 (9-0) Mid-division, ridden 2f out, soon weakened, 11th of 16, 28l behind Tenancy (8-3) at Newcastle 5f hcp 0-60 (6) hvy in Sep.
Fashion Icon (USA) 4-1 (10-8) Went right start, made all, under pressure over 1f out, led narrowly inside final furlong, kept on gamely, just held on close home, won at Catterick 5f am hcp 0-55 (6) sft beating Sands Of Dee (11-0) by shd, 11 ran.
Gower Sophia 12-1 (8-10) Raced alone far side, close up, ridden 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 10th of 16, 25l behind Tenancy (8-3) at Newcastle 5f hcp 0-60 (6) hvy in Sep.
Azygous 66-1 (8-4) Mid-division, no impression from over 1f out, 8th of 14, 7l behind Select Committee (8-9) at Beverley 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Sep.
Miacarla 33-1 (8-9) In touch, ridden and weakened over 1f out, last of 10, 11l behind Rothesay Dancer (8-11) at Hamilton 5f hcp 0-65 (6) gs in Sep.