Memphis Man beat Bashama by a length-and-a-quarter over C&D on slightly quicker ground last month and can probably be forgiven his latest run in better company on the Polytrack when he was racing from out of the handicap. Nikki Evans' filly re-opposes on 3lb better terms today, however, so there may not be much to choose the pair now. Olney Lass won three times last year but is still 3lb higher than the last of those victories and will struggle to give weight to Ffos Las third Red Avalanche and VALDAW. Tony Carroll's charge found 5f much too sharp here in July but was second over track and trip in May and races off the same mark today. Compton Target may be best of the rest.
Olney Lass 11-1 (9-5) Raced centre towards rear, ridden and headway over 2f out, kept on one pace, 4th of 8, 4 1/2l behind Wordismybond (9-4) at Yarmouth 1m hcp 0-60 (6) gs in Aug.
Red Avalanche (IRE) 11-4fav (9-4) Held up in rear, pushed along 3f out, headway and hung left over 1f out, close 3rd inside final furlong, no extra towards finish, 3rd of 10, 2 3/4l behind Greyemkay (8-4) at Ffos Las 6f hcp 0-60 (6) sft.
Memphis Man 33-1 (8-7) Held up towards rear, ridden halfway, never a factor, 7th of 8, 12l behind Amoure Medici (9-6) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-70 (5) pol.
Dickens Rules (IRE) 7-2 (9-6) Tracked leaders, lost place 2f out, soon weakened, 12th of 13, 21l behind Compton Bird (8-8) at Kempton 1m 2yo hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Nov.
Valdaw 14-1 (8-12) Behind, ran on inside final furlong, finished well but never remotely involved, 8th of 11, 5l behind Two Turtle Doves (8-12) at Chepstow 5f hcp 0-70 (5) fm in Jul.
Belleau (IRE) 10-1 (9-9) Slowly into stide, held up in rear, headway and switched right to outside over 3f out, ridden to lead over 2f out, headed 2f out, driven over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 13, 7l behind Sir Dylan (8-8) at Bath 1m 4f app hcp 0-55 (6) gd in Aug.
Bashama 20-1 (9-2) Held up mid-division, ridden over 3f out, chased leaders over 2f out, led over 1f out, pressed inside final furlong, headed towards finish, kept on, 2nd of 13, 1 1/4l behind Memphis Man (9-2) at Chepstow 7f hcp 0-65 (6) gs in Aug.
Chandrayaan 4-1 (8-7) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, driven and stayed on towards finish, 3rd of 9, 1 1/4l behind Precision Five (7-12) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Aug.
Compton Target (IRE) 10-1 (8-10) Raced near side, chased leaders, ridden 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 4th of 10, 10l behind Athaakeel (8-8) at Chepstow 6f hcp 0-55 (6) sft in Aug.
Cheers Big Ears (IRE) 25-1 (8-4) Behind most of way, 7th of 10, 21l behind Nezami (9-11) at Chepstow 7f hcp 0-65 (6) sft in Aug.
Hertford Street 40-1 (8-0) Raced wide held up, ridden 3f out, never near leaders, 9th of 10, 15l behind The Wonga Coup (8-4) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp (6) gf in Aug.
Sleepy Lucy 20-1 (8-4) Slowly into stride, held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 11, 10l behind Mount Mayday (8-12) at Yarmouth 7f 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Aug.