MONKEY BAR FLIES was quite highly tried before justifying favouritism at Warwick last month when Majestic Red was behind. He's only been raised 4lb and Lee Topliss' claim accounts for most of that so must have every chance of following up. We Are City was just touched off at Kempton eight days ago but it would be no surprise if third Blazing Knight reversed that form here as he met trouble in running. Risky Rizkova may be best of the rest as Secret Sign, Kodatish and Must Be Me all need to improve to win again off their current marks and Spray Tan didn't beat much at Bath and is closely matched with Plexolini on collateral form.
Secret Sign 9-2 (9-5) Disputed lead until led over 2f out, soon ridden, headed inside final furlong, lost 2nd post, 3rd of 9, 3 1/2l behind Ronaldinho (9-3) at Kempton 6f 2yo hco 0-75 (5) pol in Aug.
Kodatish (IRE) 8-1 (9-2) Pulled hard, held up, went 3rd under pressure on inside well over 1f out, never any chance, 3rd of 4, 8l behind Liber (9-7) at Bath 6f 2yo nov stk (5) gs.
Monkey Bar Flies (IRE) 3-1fav (8-11) Led 1f, tracked leader, ridden to lead approaching final furlong, edged right inside final furlong, ran on gamely, won at Warwick 5f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Aug beating Dusty Storm (9-3) by shd, 8 ran.
Must Be Me 20-1 (8-9) Slowly into stride, held up, took keen hold, ridden over 2f out, well held over 1f out, 6th of 7, 7l behind Titled Gent (8-13) at Kempton 6f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Aug.
Blazing Knight (IRE) 6-1 (9-6) In rear, ridden and outpaced halfway, ran on strongly final furlong, not reach leading pair, 3rd of 9, 2 3/4l behind Hardy Blue (8-10) at Kempton 5f 2yo hcp 0-70 (5) pol.
Whistling Buddy 11-4fav (9-3) Prominent, chased leader over 3f out, ridden and lost 2nd over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 8, 9l behind Kodatish (9-3) at Bath 5f 2yo mdn aut (6) gd in Aug.
Risky Rizkova 9-2 (9-0) Led, ridden and headed approaching final furlong, kept on one pace, 3rd of 7, 5l behind Opt Out (9-2) at Goodwood 6f 2yo hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Aug.
Majestic Red (IRE) 25-1 (9-0) Held up, ridden 2f out, soon weakened, 7th of 8, 7l behind Monkey Bar Flies (8-11) at Warwick 5f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Aug.
We Are City 5-1 (8-6) Chased leaders, ridden 2f out, switched left entering final furlong, ran on towards finish, not reach winner, 2nd of 9, hd behind Hardy Blue (8-10) at Kempton 5f 2yo hcp 0-70 (5) pol.
Spray Tan 8-1 (8-13) Led 1f, remained prominent, led again over 1f out, stayed on well, won at Bath 5f 2yo hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Aug beating Khefyn (9-1) by 3/4l, 6 ran.
Plexolini 9-2 (8-12) Led after 1f, ridden and headed over 1f out, no chance with winner when lost 2nd inside final furlong, kept on same pace, 3rd of 8, 7l behind Khefyn (9-7) at Chepstow 5f 2yo hcp 0-65 (6) sft in Aug.
Katy Spirit (IRE) 12-1 (8-0) Led, headed over 4f out, outpaced 2f out, edged left entering final furlong, stayed on same pace, 4th of 5, 4l behind Hardy Red (9-7) at Ffos Las 6f 2yo hcp 0-70 (5) sft.