VALMINA ran very well in the Ayr Bronze Cup and though he hasn't won since last June he's now on a 2lb lower mark and has George Downing's claim as a bonus. He can get back on the winning trail though the lightly-raced Threave, a maiden winner at Salisbury on just her second start, has more to offer and must be on the shortlist. Never A Quarrel landed a minor handicap at Wolverhampton and will need to find more from 7lb higher and though Dark Lane is reasonably consistent he hasn't won since last May. Waseem Faris has a poor strike-rate of 2-40 for such a genuine sprint handicapper but is always competitive at this level and with his rider able to claim 5lb he can reach the frame once again.
Waseem Faris (IRE) 13-2 (9-1) 2nd of 9, 1l behind Da'quonde (9-3) at Chester 5f hcp 0-80 (4) sft.
Invincible Lad (IRE) 25-1 (8-13) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 11, 20l behind Bop It (9-4) at Haydock 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gs.
Solemn 10-1 (9-5) Led, hard driven over 1f out, headed entering final furlong, soon weakened, 4th of 12, 4 1/2l behind The Strig (9-4) at Sandown 5f hcp 0-75 (5) sft.
Valmina 50-1 (8-8) Towards rear stand side, headway over 1f out, one pace, finished 5th in stand side group, 9th of 27, 6l behind Circuitous (8-11) at Ayr 6f hcp (2) sft.
Alpha Delta Whisky 7-2 (9-4) With leader, led over 3f out, came towards stands side rail over 2f out, ridden and hard pressed final furlong, just held on, won at Goodwood 5f hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Aug beating Wooden King (9-12) by hd, 7 ran.
Best Be Careful (IRE) 10-3fav (8-2) Led, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, no impression, dropped to 3rd final 130 yards, 3rd of 7, 2l behind Maglietta Fina (9-5) at Bath 5f flls hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Threave 3-1 (9-1) Raced keenly, ridden and headed over 1f out, chased winner, rallied near finish, always held, unseated rider pulling up after line, 2nd of 5, nk behind The Strig (9-4) at Brighton 5f hcp 0-70 (5) gs.
Hot Secret 4-1 (8-12) Towards rear, headway over 2f out, ridden and kept on one pace final furlong, 4th of 6, 4 1/2l behind Prince Regal (9-2) at Epsom Downs 6f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) sft.
Dark Lane 10-1 (8-7) Badly outpaced in rear, headway over 1f out, went 2nd final 75 yards, never near winner, 2nd of 7, 6l behind Crimson Queen (8-13) at Bath 6f hcp 0-75 (5) fm.
Macdillon 8-1 (9-2) Held up in mid-division, no daylight from over 1f out until switched left inside final furlong, stayed on to 3rd final 100 yards, 3rd of 11, 4l behind Rocket Rob (9-10) at Sandown 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Aug.
Never A Quarrel (IRE) 5-1 (9-6) Raced keenly, led early, chased leader, ridden over 1f out, led inside final furlong, ran on, won at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-60 (6) pol beating Little Eli (9-2) by 2 1/2l, 9 ran.
Marygold 25-1 (9-0) Chased leader, led approaching final 2f, headed well over 1f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 9, 14l behind Gladiatrix (9-4) at Bath 6f 3yo app hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Oct.
Where's Reiley (USA) 12-1 (9-2) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, went 2nd inside final furlong, led well inside final furlong, ran on, headed and not pace of winner close home, 2nd of 9, nk behind Excellent Jem (8-10) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Griffin Point (IRE) 6-1 (9-1) Tried to anticipate start, veered right and unseated rider leaving stalls, in a race won by The Strig (9-4) at Brighton 5f hcp 0-70 (5) gs, 5 ran.
Princess Cammie (IRE) 14-1 (8-10) Chased leader until ridden 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 4th of 7, 5l behind Katy Spirit (9-0) at Kempton 6f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Aug.