This is a tight little handicap as you can't dismiss any of the eight runners out of hand. Sir Boss has been raised 3lb since finishing second at Chester, however, and Reve De Nuit likewise after his third in a valuable ladies' race at York. We might take a chance on ROYAL PECULIAR who has been running well without reward and is now on a lower mark than when winning on the Polytrack last year. He has the beating of recent course and distance third Dark Dune on Thirsk running. Masquerading is racing on Turf for the first time, as is the returning Wadi Al Hattawi, but Renew is suited by this trip and fast ground and looks a threat.
Sir Boss (IRE) 8-1 (9-0) Held up in last pair, headway on outside over 3f out, chased leader over 2f out, led well over 1f out, no extra and headed final 110 yards, 2nd of 7, 1 1/4l behind Kiwayu (9-2) at Chester 1m 3f hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Jun.
Reve De Nuit (USA) 9-1 (9-12) Tracked leader, led after about 3f, clear over 6f out, ridden over 1f out, headed last 50 yards, no extra towards finish, 3rd of 17, 3/4l behind Nanton (10-1) at York 1m 4f ladys hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Jun.
Royal Peculiar 20-1 (9-2) Tracked leaders, ridden over 3f out, edged right over 2f out, stayed on same pace from over 1f out, 5th of 17, 3 1/2l behind Warlu Way (9-7) at Carlisle 1m 3f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Jun.
Dark Dune (IRE) 5-1 (9-4) Towards rear, headway entering final 3f, soon pressed leaders, ridden and not quicken towards finish, 3rd of 8, 1/2l behind El Bravo (8-1) at Doncaster 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Jun.
Renew (IRE) 13-2 (9-7) Tracked leader, ridden and slightly outpaced over 1f out, rallied to chase winner inside final furlong, 2nd of 5, 2 3/4l behind Brass Ring (9-4) at Newmarket 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gf in May.
Masquerading 4-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders, effort inside final 2f, ridden over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, went 3rd towards finish, no impression, 3rd of 7, 2 1/2l behind Rundell (9-3) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jun.
Wadi Al Hattawi (IRE) 2-1fav (9-3) Dwelt soon in touch, pushed along 6f out, headway over 1f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, ran on, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Sep beating Sunblazer (9-3) by 2 1/4l, 13 ran.