The handicapper didn't take kindly to Statutory's wide-margin win over 2m at Chester, raising him 10lb. Renew was put up 5lb for a short-head defeat over 1m4f here last month but is probably still improving and preferred to luckless stablemate Shalwa, who races from out of the handicap along with Red Runaway. Alwilda let supporters down when odds-on at Ripon but NEARLY CAUGHT is still heading in the right direction and wouldn't be inconvenienced by the going. He gets the vote, though Lemon Pearl improved again to score at Chester and gave the impression this slightly longer trip would suit her even more.
Statutory (IRE) 9-4fav (9-0) Raced wide tracked leaders, led 3f out, clear 2f out, ridden and ran on final furlong, comfortable, won at Chester 2m hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Aug beating Moidore (9-13) by 9l, 7 ran.
Renew (IRE) 4-1 (9-0) In touch, pushed along 3f out, ridden and every chance inside final furlong, just held, 2nd of 7, shd behind Glenard (8-6) at Haydock 1m 4f 3yo hcp (2) gf in Aug.
Nearly Caught (IRE) 5-2fav (9-7) Tracked leaders, pushed along to lead over 2f out, pressed inside final furlong, just held on post, won at Kempton 1m 3f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Aug beating Fast Pace (9-7) by shd, 9 ran.
Lemon Pearl 10-3 (9-0) Made all, ridden over 1f out, stayed on final furlong, won at Chester 1m 5f hcp 0-80 (4) gs in Aug beating Gabrial The Master (8-8) by 2 1/2l, 9 ran.
Hollowina 33-1 (8-12) Raced wide, chased leaders, ridden over 3f out, soon weakened quickly, last of 9, 23l behind Riposte (8-12) at Royal Ascot 1m 4f 3yo fll Grp 2 (1) gf in Jun.
Alwilda 4-5fav (8-11) Chased leaders, headway over 4f out, every chance from over 2f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 3rd of 8, 1 1/4l behind Almagest (9-12) at Ripon 2m hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Aug.
Red Runaway 11-8fav (9-7) Tracked leading pair, driven over 2f out, kept on same pace, no impression with leading trio inside final furlong, 4th of 5, 4l behind Sunblazer (8-5) at Windsor 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jul.
Shalwa 3-1 (9-1) Led, joined 3f out, kept slight advantage until headed close home, 3rd of 7, 3/4l behind Bantam (9-3) at Salisbury 1m 4f flls hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Aug.