It remains to be seen if Charles Camoin and Guising turn up after holding engagements elsewhere earlier in the weekend. Astra Hall has recorded two victories and a third from her three previous course and distance runs. She's a couple of pounds out of the handicap today but is much better than she showed at Goodwood and whatever finishes in front of her will probably win. DIVERGENCE may be that one having produced an excellent run to finish fourth in the Melrose at York last time. This is far less competitive and Michael Bell's filly arrives in much better form than Miss Cap Estel and Pitchoun. She should also have too much pace for hurdler Solaras Exhibition.
Charles Camoin (IRE) 10-1 (9-7) Mid-division on outside, ridden over 1f out, never on terms, weakened final furlong, 8th of 11, 7l behind Sam Sharp (9-5) at York 1m 2f hcp 105 (2) sft in Aug.
Guising 12-1 (9-3) Led, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, rallied and stayed on towards finish, 2nd of 5, hd behind Venue (9-3) at Haydock 1m 4f hcp 0-100 (2) gf.
Miss Cap Estel 14-1 (9-8) Held up towards rear of mid-division, ridden to chase leaders over 2f out, kept on same pace, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 9, 16l behind Miss Dashwood (9-10) at Goodwood 1m 4f flls hcp 0-130 (3) gd in Aug.
Solaras Exhibition (IRE) 50-1 (8-1) Held up, ridden over 2f out, effort over 1f out, never on terms, 7th of 10, 6l behind Highland Castle (9-0) at Newmarket 1m 4f hcp 0-105 (2) gf in Jun.
Astra Hall 10-1 (9-4) Mid-division, driven to chase leaders over 2f out, kept on same pace, weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 9, 19l behind Miss Dashwood (9-10) at Goodwood 1m 4f flls hcp 0-130 (3) gd in Aug.
Pitchoun (IRE) 22-1 (9-5) Keen close up, ridden and short room over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, last of 9, 10l behind Yarroom (9-7) at Chester 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Aug.
Divergence (IRE) 16-1 (7-13) With leader and clear, led after 4f, ridden inside final 2f, soon pressed, headed inside final furlong, kept on same pace, 4th of 11, 2 3/4l behind Dark Crusader (8-13) at York 1m 6f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) sft in Aug.