It could pay to stick with the rapidly improving PICABO in this. She bids for a hat-trick after her latest three-length success at Newmarket and is fancied to defy a 9lb rise. Ihtifal just failed on her handicap debut at Leicester and has gone up another 3lb for that while Swan Song is even less exposed and will appreciate the return to 6f after a decent fourth over the minimum trip here last time. Six Wives scored at Beverley when last seen but has done all her winning so far over 5f so Haamaat makes more appeal as she drops back down into handicap company.
Haamaat (IRE) 14-1 (9-0) Virtually refused to race, left stalls very reluctantly, last of 12, well behind Mince (8-11) at Pontefract 6f fll lst stks (1) gf.
Picabo (IRE) 9-2 (9-1) Steadied start, held up in rear, steady headway on outside 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, led inside final furlong, soon clear, easily, won at Newmarket 6f hcp 0-95 (3) gf beating Joe Packet (9-12) by 3l, 10 ran.
Ihtifal 2-1fav (9-7) Soon led, ridden over 1f out, hung right inside final furlong, headed towards finish, 2nd of 8, 1/2l behind Pale Orchid (9-6) at Leicester 6f 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gf.
Swan Song 7-1 (8-12) Chased leaders, under pressure halfway, stayed on strongly, never able to challenge, 4th of 15, 1 1/2l behind Jwala (9-2) at Goodwood 5f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gd.
Ray of Joy 10-1 (9-8) Raced far side, chased leaders, ridden halfway, stayed on inside final furlong, took 3rd close home, 3rd of 14, 2l behind Jarrow (9-5) at Sandown 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Jul.
My Sharona 13-2 (8-8) Chased leader at strong pace and clear of rest, ridden to lead over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra and lost 2nd close home, 3rd of 16, 2 3/4l behind Stirring Ballad (8-7) at Goodwood 7f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gd.
Six Wives 16-1 (9-9) Made all, ridden over 1f out, kept on well, unchallenged, won at Beverley 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gf beating Waking Warrior (8-13) by 2l, 12 ran.
Tip Top Gorgeous (IRE) 8-1 (8-5) Chased leaders, ridden 2f out, weakened well over 1f out, 8th of 11, 15l behind Springinmystep (9-3) at Newcastle 6f 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gf in Jul.
Fillionaire 16-1 (8-11) Led until halfway, chased winner, ridden and every chance over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 9, 7l behind Kiz Kulesi (9-3) at Newmarket 1m 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf.