A tricky staying event is next with the majority of the field seemingly in decent form but the vote goes to PENANG PRINCESS just ahead of Devil To Play and On Terms. The selection hails from the very much in form Ralph Beckett yard that have a 22% strike rate over the past two weeks. Stable form like that is always a huge confidence booster but this horse merits respect from his own form. He made a pleasing seasonal debut when running third to a very game front runner. He was just piped for third late on and now with a run under his belt and the step up in trip to suit we fancy Jim Crowley's mount to go close today. His biggest danger may come from Alan King's Devil To Play who will have the services of Richard Hughes. He was beaten favourite on his last start but that was in a fair contest on softer than ideal ground. The step up in trip today will also suit and he should go well as long as the ground stays quick. On Terms won over the course and distance 13 days ago but this looks tougher. Her attitude is faultless though so she should be in the mix. Others to note are Calculating and Coda Agency but Penang Princess gets the vote.
Brett Vale (IRE) 40-1 (9-5) Mid-division, lost place over 4f out, tailed off, last of 15, well behind Ermyn Lodge (8-10) at Ascot 2m hcp 0-90 (3) gf.
Penang Princess 9-2 (8-13) Chased leaders, chased winner 3f out, challenged over 2f out, driven and every chance over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, lost 3rd final 75 yards, 3rd of 9, 1 1/2l behind It's A Date (9-3) at Salisbury 1m 6f hcp 0-95 (3) gs.
Missoula (IRE) 40-1 (9-2) Prominent, pushed along 5f out, steadily lost place, tailed off, 14th of 15, 43l behind Ermyn Lodge (8-10) at Ascot 2m hcp 0-90 (3) gf.
Curacao 9-2 (9-3) Steadied into mid-division, pulled hard, outpaced over 3f out, rallied and headway over 1f out, soon chasing leaders, stayed on strongly, not reach winner, 2nd of 11, 1l behind Just Rob (9-9) at Goodwood 1m 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Epsom Salts 25-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, in rear, staying on when hampered and snatched up over 1f out, not recover, 8th of 14, 13l behind Aurorian (9-5) at Windsor 1m 4f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Apr.
Devil To Pay 2-1fav (9-3) Huld up mid-division, headway over 1f out, ran on, nearest finish, 3rd of 11, 1 3/4l behind Just Rob (9-9) at Goodwood 1m 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Colonel Flay 12-1 (8-7) Held up, ridden 3f out, staying on when hampered 2f out, soon hung left, not trouble leaders, 5th of 9, 9l behind Mister New York (9-0) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Oct.
Coda Agency 9-2 (9-3) Made all, steadied pace 7f out, ridden and quickened over 2f out, found extra when pressed inside final furlong, won at Kempton 2m hcp 0-75 (5) pol beating Babilu (8-11) by 1 1/4l, 7 ran.
Calculating (IRE) 8-1 (8-7) Tracked leader until 10f out, stayed 3rd, outpaced over 3f out, rallied on outside final furlong, went 2nd last strides, no chance with winner, 2nd of 6, 3l behind Callisto Moon (9-12) at Bath 2m 1f hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
On Terms (USA) 5-1fav (9-2) Slowly into stride, behind, rapid headway to lead after 3f, headed 2f out, rallied to regain lead over 1f out, stayed on well, won at Goodwood 2m hcp 0-70 (5) gd beating Gaselee (9-10) by 2 1/4l, 11 ran.