Andrew Balding has enjoyed a healthy strike rate with his runners at Chepstow this season and previous C&D winner ROCKY REEF looks to be his best chance of the evening. The handicapper predictably punished him for a wide margin success in May but he has not disgraced himself in better company and Daniel Muscutt can claim a valuable 7lb. Warwick winner, New Decade, is likely to be popular with the locals and he should not be too far away. Mr Fickle has been fancied on each of his last three handicap starts - justifying strong confidence at Yarmouth before missing out at Lingfield and Brighton. Sunley Pride was able to give weight and a beating to Lady Loch on a faster surface at Redcar in April and, if Mick Channon's gelding turns up in the same mood, he has to have very realistic claims.
Rocky Reef 9-1 (8-11) Tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, kept on one pace, 5th of 9, 3 1/2l behind Serene Oasis (8-6) at Newmarket 7f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) sft.
Verse Of Love 16-1 (8-5) Towards rear, headway on outer over 3f out, soon ridden, weakened 1f out, 10th of 12, 7l behind Asatir (9-4) at Windsor 1m hcp 0-90 (3) gf.
Sunley Pride 6-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, pushed along 2f out, ridden and unable to quicken over 1f out, stayed on under pressure inside final furlong, not quite pace to challenge, 5th of 11, 1 1/2l behind Take A Note (9-0) at Lingfield 6f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Silkee Supreme 16-1 (9-3) Led 1f, chased leaders, ridden 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 11th of 12, 19l behind Rule Book (9-3) at Sandown 1m 2f 3yo mdn (5) sft in Jun.
Tidal's Baby 28-1 (9-3) Steadied start, took keen hold in rear, pushed along and no progress final 3f, 10th of 13, 19l behind Philipstown (9-0) at Windsor 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf in May.
Mr Fickle (IRE) 13-8fav (9-5) Held up in rear, headway centre 2f out, driven and kept on inside final furlong, not pace of winner, 2nd of 10, 1 1/4l behind Subtle Knife (9-3) at Brighton 7f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) sft.
Compton Prince 13-2 (9-6) Tracked leader until over 2f out, soon lost place, 8th of 9, 19l behind Duke Of Aricabeau (9-2) at Doncaster 6f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Jun.
Uncle Roger (IRE) 13-2 (9-5) Chased leaders, pushed along 3f out, weakened approaching final 2f, 6th of 11, 8l behind Derfenna Art (9-3) at Chepstow 1m 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) sft in Jun.
New Decade 7-1 (9-2) Led, ridden and headed 1f out, no extra towards finish, 4th of 9, 2l behind Duke Of Aricabeau (9-2) at Doncaster 6f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Jun.
Parisian Princess (IRE) 13-2 (9-3) Held up mid-division, took keen hold, headway over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on, 4th of 8, 9l behind Dutch Rose (9-5) at Carlisle 7f 3yo fll hcp 0-80 (4) gs in Jun.
Sir Dylan 33-1 (8-12) Very free to post, took keen hold and prominent, weakened 3f out, soon virtually pulled up, tailed off, last of 10, 36l behind Subtle Knife (9-3) at Brighton 7f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) sft.