A three timer scorer last season DENTON has improved in a couple of starts this term and with further progression could take this handicap with Eltheeb looking the main threat and Pintura should have his say. It's unfortunate that the handicapper has seen it fit to give the pick extra weight to carry after finishing a close up third to Resentful Angel at Kempton but he'll act well in these conditions and may well progress again. Eltheeb scored well at Goodwood on his seasonal bow before making a bold bid at following up at the same venue. He should be competitive despite another mark rise but he won't want things any softer. Pintura got up late in the day to just score over a mile here last time and he could defy the handicapper with the step up in trip looking a good move. Star Addition is consistent but perhaps is still a little high in the weights so the best choice is Denton who can improve enough to take this.
Denton (NZ) 14-1 (9-0) In touch, headway to 3rd over 4f out, tracked leader inside final 2f, led over 1f out, stayed on until headed final 50 yards, lost 2nd close home, 3rd of 13, 1l behind Resentful Angel (9-7) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-80 (4) pol.
Amazing Blue Sky 25-1 (8-11) Led, headed over 8f out, tracked leader, pushed along over 3f out, weakened well over 2f out, 10th of 11, 34l behind Destinys Dream (8-5) at Thirsk 1m 4f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in May.
Dream of Olwyn (IRE) 9-1 (9-13) Led, ridden and headed over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 10, 23l behind Marjury Daw (9-11) at Ayr 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) gd.
Grand Diamond (IRE) 3-1fav (9-6) Tracked leader, ridden 2f out, kept on one pace final furlong, 6th of 10, 6l behind Marjury Daw (9-11) at Ayr 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) gd.
Pintura 5-1fav (9-9) Mid-division, headway 3f out, soon ridden, switched left entering final furlong, ran on to lead final 75 yards, driven out, won at Haydock 1m 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gd beating Scottish Boogie (9-6) by nk, 16 ran.
French Applause (IRE) 11-2 (9-5) Slowly into stride, headway to track winner 7f out until over 2f out, soon weakened, last of 5, 28l behind Fantino (8-13) at Doncaster 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Eltheeb 9-4fav (9-0) In touch, headway to track leader 7f out, led 3f out, ridden 2 lengths clear 1f out, headed and no extra inside final furlong, 3rd of 8, 2 1/4l behind Roxy Flyer (9-0) at Goodwood 1m 3f 3yo stk 0-75 (5) gd in Jun.
Chantilly Pearl (USA) 11-2 (9-6) In rear, wide and headway over 2f out, went 2nd briefly just inside final furlong, no extra near finish, 5th of 10, 6l behind Marjury Daw (9-11) at Ayr 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) gd.
Miss Flash Dancer 50-1 (9-8) Held up in touch, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 10th of 12, 31l behind Miss Antonia (8-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f mdn auc stks (6) pol.
Star Addition 9-2 (9-8) Towards rear, ridden 4f out, headway on inside 2f out, went 3rd and pressed for 2nd inside final furlong, stayed on, 3rd of 10, 1 1/2l behind Avitus (9-7) at Pontefract 1m 2f mdn hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Smarty Sam (USA) 3-1 (9-7) Held up in 4th, left 3rd over 5f out, ridden and edged right over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 9, 8l behind Dubawi King (8-8) at Hamilton 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jun.
Nouailhas 20-1 (8-9) Led until over 4f out, stayed alone towards far side in straight and soon behind, tailed off, 9th of 13, well behind My Les (8-7) at Brighton 1m 4f 3yo sll (6) gd in Oct.