Maria Montez rarely runs a bad race and gets on well with Shelley Birkett. John Hills' filly should be thereabouts again as many of her rivals, including Lucky Di, Emiratesdotcom and veteran Jake The Snake, are arguably better on the all-weather. Take The Lead disappointed on her reappearance in May and hasn't been seen since but Where's Reiley beat Chevise over track and trip in June, though there may not be much between them on the revised terms. GENERALYSE was only beaten a head at Windsor earlier this month and can race off the same mark. He can go one better this evening.
Maria Montez 7-4fav (8-13) Soon led, ridden over 1f out, no extra and headed final 100 yards, faded and lost 2nd last stride, 3rd of 6, 1l behind Amenable (9-1) at Brighton 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Generalyse 6-1 (9-11) Chased leaders on outside, pushed along over 2f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, hard driven inside final furlong, headed close home, rallied, just held, 2nd of 12, hd behind Jinker Noble (9-12) at Windsor 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Dominium (USA) 9-1 (9-4) Started slowly, behind, headway over 1f out, staying on same pace and no danger when short of room in closing stages, 7th of 11, 3 1/2l behind Fathsta (9-12) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jul.
Jake The Snake (IRE) 4-1 (9-9) Steadied start, took keen hold and held up in rear, good headway on inside over 1f out, chased winner inside final furlong, kept on gamely towards finish, always held, 2nd of 7, 1/2l behind Midnight Feast (9-10) at Kempton 1m app hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jun.
Emiratesdotcom 8-1 (9-1) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 10, 2 1/4l behind Pucon (8-13) at Lingfield 6f app hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Lucky Di 8-1 (9-2) Slowly into stride, held up in last trio, headway on inside over 1f out, ridden and went 3rd inside final furlong, stayed on, 3rd of 8, 1 1/2l behind Pivotal Movement (9-7) at Lingfield 7f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Where's Reiley (USA) 25-1 (8-5) Chased leaders, hard ridden over 2f out, hung right under pressure approaching final furlong, soon weakened, 9th of 12, 9l behind Gabbiano (9-5) at Ascot 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Jul.
Take The Lead 6-1fav (9-0) Taken to post early, raced centre, chased leaders, weakened final furlong, 11th of 15, 13l behind Hartwright (9-2) at Nottingham 6f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gs in May.
Malaysian Boleh 11-10fav (9-7) Steadied start, held up tracking leaders, switched right and went 2nd over 1f out, ridden and no impression in 3rd inside final furlong, eased close home, 3rd of 7, 1 1/2l behind Katy Spirit (9-0) at Kempton 6f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Nifty Kier 66-1 (9-4) Raced wide chasing leaders, led over 3f out, ridden over 1f out, headed final 150 yards, no extra in 3rd soon after, 3rd of 9, 2l behind Secret Beau (9-5) at Lingfield 6f mdn stks (5) fm.
Chevise (IRE) 14-1 (8-8) Tracked leaders, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 10th of 12, 12l behind Tidal's Baby (8-12) at Windsor 6f app hcp (5) gf in Jul.