Peter Hiatt's Sirdave could be of interest despite the burden of 9st 10lb being lightly raced and making his handicap debut but it is hard to oppose Tony Carroll's VERTUEUX, who looks to have been found a winning opportunity and he gets the vote ahead of Urban Space. The last mentioned showed improved form here nine days ago over two furlongs shorter when a head behind Corrib and he has to be respected over a trip that does suit. Richard Lee's Garafena made an encouraging return to the flat after a spell hurdling when fourth behind Dazzling Begum at Warwick earlier this month and has every chance if able to build on that effort. Karen George's Prickles would not be far away if running up to the form shown when placed in races at Wolverhampton and Lingfield and he may not have seen out the trip at Kempton last time so he looks one of the main dangers to, Vertueux. Tony Carroll's gelding, a winner over hurdles at Ludlow in May, ran well when second here over two miles last month and he looks the one to beat.
Sirdave 25-1 (9-9) Led, ridden and headed 2f out, no impression when lost 3rd over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, soon eased when no chance, 6th of 10, 14l behind Mecox Bay (8-13) at Folkestone 1m 2f mdn auc stks (5) gf in Jun.
Urban Space 9-1 (9-3) Always prominet, went 2nd over 3f out, ridden to lead and edged left over 1f out, headed last stride, 2nd of 13, hd behind Corrib (8-2) at Chepstow 1m 2f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jun.
Byblos 40-1 (9-7) Held up in last trio, steady headway on outside 4f out, effort and hung right over 2f out, soon one pace and no impression, 8th of 12, 9l behind Sunny Spells (8-12) at Goodwood 1m 6f hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Jun.
Finzi Contini (FR) 33-1 (9-0) In touch, took keen hold, ridden over 3f out, weakened well over 2f out, 11th of 13, 16l behind Corrib (8-2) at Chepstow 1m 2f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jun.
Garafena 20-1 (8-13) Held up in rear, ridden over 3f out, went modest 4th inside final furlong, no impression, 4th of 7, 9l behind Dazzling Begum (8-4) at Warwick 1m 5f app hcp 0-60 (6) gf.
Vertueux (FR) 4-1 (9-1) Tracked leaders, ridden over 3f out, chased winner over 2f out, ridden and every chance 1f out until no extra final 100 yards, 2nd of 8, 3 1/2l behind Salontyre (9-6) at Chepstow 2m hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Jun.
Sanctum 7-1 (8-9) In touch, ridden over 3f out, kept on one pace from over 2f out, eased inside final furlong, 5th of 11, 9l behind King Zeal (8-4) at Nottingham 1m 2f hcp 0-60 (6) gs in Jun.
Prickles 28-1 (8-7) Close up, under pressure in 5th over 4f out, soon dropped away, tailed off, 11th of 13, 41l behind Graylyn Ruby (9-3) at Kempton 2m hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Jun.
Laura Land 33-1 (8-12) Tracked leader, led over 4f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 9, 8l behind Corr Point (8-10) at Warwick 1m 7f hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Robbmaa (FR) 66-1 (7-13) In touch in mid-division, outpaced 3f out, no threat after, 5th of 11, 8l behind Shy (9-0) at Chepstow 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Jun.