Dominic Ffrench Davis won this race last year and the versatile Admirable Duchess who handles various ground conditions has solid claims. Mrs Boss has put in two better runs of late but has more to find against some in-form opposition. A drop in trip isn't sure to suit Sermons Mount who ran on well to win at Bath over a furlong further last time out, but the trip looks ideal for Texas Queen who started slowly over course and distance here most recently and didn't finish too far behind the winner. With a better start today she could go closer. Elhamri has been rated far higher than this in the BHA ratings and has steadily tumbled down the list over the past two years to a realistic looking mark. Miss Firefly may pose the biggest threat to our selection after a narrow loss at Bath but we prefer WITCHRY. Tony Newcombe's gelding ran really well when last seen here to finish a close second and only 2lb higher looks the one to side with, especially if there is any more rain as he thrives with cut in the ground.
Texas Queen 8-1 (9-2) Slowly into stride, too keen hold in rear, ridden and no impression over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 4th of 6, 2 1/4l behind Galatian (9-4) at Goodwood 5f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) sft.
Sermons Mount (USA) 6-1 (9-4) Chased leaders on rail, headway to 2nd over 1f out, led inside final furlong, ran on well, won at Bath 6f hcp 0-65 (6) gd beating The Happy Hammer (8-9) by 1 1/2l, 14 ran.
Nubar Boy 33-1 (8-6) Mainly behind, last of 17, 9l behind Hazelrigg (8-9) at Doncaster 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Elhamri 12-1 (9-9) Held up towards rear, raced in far side group from over 3f out, headway to chase leaders over 1f out, ran on to lead that group inside final furlong, no chance with stand side leader, 2nd of 9, 2l behind Magical Speedfit (9-1) at Brighton 5f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Aug.
Admirable Duchess 5-2 (9-9) Led, ridden 2f out, joined 1f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra, 3rd of 5, 2 1/4l behind Micky P (9-7) at Epsom Downs 6f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gs in Aug.
Wanchai Whisper 25-1 (8-6) In rear, headway on outer over 1f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, headed near finish, 2nd of 14, 3/4l behind Zowington (8-11) at Sandown 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Mrs Boss 14-1 (9-3) Held up towards rear, ridden over 2f out, headway well over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, not able to trouble winner, 2nd of 11, 1 1/4l behind Fantasy Fighter (9-5) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp (0-65) (6) pol.
Witchry 4-1fav (9-9) Held up, good headway 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, ridden and ran on to lead well inside final furlong, headed on line, 2nd of 12, shd behind The Human League (9-4) at Goodwood 6f all hcp 0-70 (5) sft in Aug.
Colorus (IRE) 28-1 (8-2) Keen tracked leaders, ridden to chase leader over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Magical Speedfit (8-0) at Yarmouth 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gs.
Miss Firefly 3-1 (9-7) Dwelt and bumped start, soon close up, headway to chase winner over 1f out, no impression final furlong, weakened to 3rd close home, 3rd of 9, 3/4l behind Stamford Blue (9-2) at Bath 5f app hcp 0-60 (6) gd in Aug.
Tiger Trail (GER) 9-2 (9-1) Dwelt, soon in touch, headway to lead halfway, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, last of 6, 15l behind Highland Harvest (9-8) at Brighton 5f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jun.
Green Lagonda (AUS) 20-1 (9-0) Held up, headway over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, never troubled leaders, 6th of 11, 3 1/2l behind Kinigi (8-6) at Bath 5f hcp 0-65 (6) gd.