Trending is gradually coming down the weights and did win in a higher grade at Bath last year but both Courageous and Chester Deelyte are on long losing runs and Imperial Spirit continues to disappoint. LITTLE CHINA had more than two lengths to spare over Volcanic Dust when third at Bath last week. The pair meet on identical terms here so there is no reason to believe that the placings will be reversed and William Muir's filly should take all the beating.
Trending (IRE) 9-2 (9-3) Slowly into stride, mid-division, raced freely, ridden and effort 2f out, never on terms, 6th of 8, 4l behind Artful Lady (9-5) at Brighton 6f hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Aug.
Bheleyf (IRE) 25-1 (9-7) Mid-division, weakened over 2f out, last of 11, 22l behind Koharu (9-2) at Brighton 6f 3yo hcp 0-55 (6) gf in Aug.
Volcanic Dust (IRE) 4-1 (8-12) Went left start in rear, ridden halfway, headway over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 4th of 8, 4 1/2l behind Burnt Cream (9-5) at Bath 5f hcp 0-55 (6) fm in Aug.
Little China 5-1 (9-4) Tracked leader, ridden to lead approaching final furlong, headed inside final furlong, short of room towards finish, 3rd of 8, 2 1/2l behind Burnt Cream (9-5) at Bath 5f hcp 0-55 (6) fm in Aug.
Courageous (IRE) 14-1 (8-12) Raced keenly, led until halfway, chased leaders, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 5th of 6, 11l behind Excellent Aim (9-4) at Brighton 5f hcp 0-60 (6) gd in Aug.
Imperial Spirit 3-1fav (8-7) Led, ridden and headed 2f out, short of room entering final furlong, kept on same pace, 4th of 6, 5l behind Scarlet Strand (8-7) at Bath 6f 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) fm in Aug.
Dropping Zone 14-1 (9-3) Raced centre, held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 4th of 12, 4 1/2l behind Sakash (8-12) at Yarmouth 7f 3yo hcp 0-55 (6) gf in Aug.
Chester Deelyte (IRE) 5-1 (8-12) Held up, ridden over 3f out, kept on same pace from over 1f out, never on terms, 5th of 7, 2 3/4l behind Chester'slittlegem (8-8) at Bath 6f app hcp 0-55 (6) fm.
Chelsea Grey (IRE) 33-1 (8-12) Soon led, ridden and headed over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 5th of 11, 7l behind Koharu (9-2) at Brighton 6f 3yo hcp 0-55 (6) gf in Aug.