Dark Moment is the one to beat whilst Quick Gourmet and Pacific Bay have clear claims but TWO TURTLE DOVES may be able to come home to roost. Alan Dickman's charge is well named with the fog seemingly descending as he, effectively, refused to race on consecutive outings in July but he returned to the fray in August sporting a pair of cheekpieces and hasn't looked back. He does, however, have softer ground and a 12lb penalty to contend with whilst there's always a worry that a leopard can't change its spots. Quick Gourmet paid for a good run in a maiden with an 8lb rise but the performance was over course and distance on soft ground so there's a redeeming factor. She's subsequently been held from her revised mark but connections have opted to claim seven which could make the difference. Pacific Bay went close over seven at Redcar and she may need this to be run at a decent clip if it's to bring her stamina into play although the soft ground may help if she handles it. The softer ground may bring Inthawain in to play and she looks well treated at present but a chance is taken on Two Turtle Doves as her pedigree suggests that she should appreciate a bit of cut and she ran well enough on her penultimate start to believe that she has the scope for this. Hawkeyethenoo and Moneysupermarket cannot be ignored but Two Turtle Doves may surprise.
Dark Moment 5-1 (9-6) Tracked leader, ridden over 1f out, stayed on to lead narrowly inside final furlong, just held on, won at Newcastle 6f hcp 0-60 (6) gf beating Averoo (8-11) by ns, 10 ran.
Pacific Bay (IRE) 8-1 (8-12) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, no extra near finish, 3rd of 10, 1 1/2l behind Ishiadancer (9-5) at Redcar 7f mdn stks 0-70 (5) gf in Jul.
Quick Gourmet 9-2 (9-6) Chased leaders, driven over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 3rd of 10, 2l behind Botham (10-0) at Hamilton 6f app hcp (6) gs.
King Of Eden (IRE) 14-1 (9-3) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened, 12th of 15, 19l behind Royal Defence (9-0) at Thirsk 1m mdn stks (4) gd in Jul.
Inthawain 20-1 (8-10) With leader, led over 2f out, headed final furlong, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 9, 6l behind Sarasota Sunshine (9-7) at Haydock 6f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Two Turtle Doves (IRE) 15-2 (8-11) Dwelt, headway when hampered approaching 2f out, not a danger after, 11th of 16, 6l behind Quiquillo (9-4) at Chepstow 6f 3yo mdn hcp 0-65 (6) gd.
Hawkeyethenoo (IRE) 4-1 (8-7) Tracked leaders, led halfway, headed inside final furlong, no extra, 6th of 10, 9l behind It's A Mans World (8-8) at Carlisle 6f 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) gd.
Moneysupermarket (IRE) 11-1 (8-11) Held up, ridden over 1f out, no impression until kept on to take 4th close home, 4th of 6, 6l behind Igoyougo (9-1) at Ayr 5f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) gf.
Jack's House (IRE) 6-1 (8-10) Prominent until ridden and weakened 3f out, 13th of 14, 12l behind Dark Moment (8-13) at Musselburgh 7f 3yo hcp 0-55 (6) gf in Jun.