TARTAN TRIP disappointed at Newbury but is worth siding with now returned to Polytrack under David Probert. Andrew Balding's three-year-old had previously finished close behind Shamir over course and distance and while Jo Crowley's charge is respected, we'd expect the form to be reversed with a stronger pace likely to suit Tartan Trip, who also sports a first-time visor. L'Hirondelle likes it here and ran well on the turf last time so must be considered although on a previous line of form he has work to do with Clockmaker, a horse who'd looked to be improving rapidly prior to coming unstuck at Sandown. Den's Gift should improve for returning to Kempton but he didn't do enough at Lingfield to suggest he's ready to win this off 87, while well-drawn Red Somerset may be found out by the rise in the weights he's incurred for taking second in a less competitive race recently.
Clockmaker (IRE) 7-1 (9-13) Dwelt, soon pulled hard and in mid-division, still pulling halfway, pushed along 3f out, weakened quickly over 2f out, soon behind and eased, tailed off, last of 15, 25l behind First Post (8-6) at Sandown 1m hcp 0-90 (3) gf in Aug.
Red Somerset (USA) 40-1 (9-12) Raced wide, intouch, headway over 3f out, ridden to go 2nd over 1f out, joined leader inside final furlong, ran on just held, 2nd of 13, ns behind Sweet Clementine (9-3) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Aug.
Chapter And Verse (IRE) 8-1 (9-5) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, soon ridden, no impression over 1f out, 6th of 9, 6l behind Witchry (7-12) at Newmarket 6f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Aug.
Den's Gift (IRE) 9-1 (8-13) Led 1f, tracked leader, led again 3f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 5th of 9, 11l behind Benandonner (9-4) at Lingfield 1m stks 0-90 (3) pol in Jul.
Samarinda (USA) 25-1 (9-4) Led after 1f, headed 3f out, soon weakened, last of 9, 26l behind Benandonner (9-4) at Lingfield 1m stks 0-90 (3) pol in Jul.
Highly Regal (IRE) 50-1 (9-4) Chased leaders, ridden 3f out, soon weakened, 18th of 19, 37l behind Start Right (9-4) at Goodwood 1m hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Jul.
L'Hirondelle (IRE) 13-2 (9-9) Keen led, headed 6f out, ridden to lead again over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on, 2nd of 6, 1 1/2l behind Kavachi (9-10) at Goodwood 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Aug.
Shamir 10-1 (9-6) Chased leaders, ridden and headway to challenge over 1f out, led inside final furlong, held on under pressure, won at Kempton 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Aug beating Tartan Trip (9-4) by nk, 9 ran.
Getcarter 16-1 (9-10) Mid-division, under pressure over 2fout, kept on well, never on terms, 6th of 17, 7l behind R Woody (9-7) at Newmarket 6f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Aug.
State Gathering 4-1 (9-6) Tracked leader, led 2f out, ridden and edged right, over 1f out, soon hard pressed, headed inside final furlong, kept on same pace, lost 3rd near finish, 4th of 9, 3/4l behind Shamir (9-6) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Aug.
Tartan Trip 9-2fav (9-2) Mid-division, under pressure halfway, soon weakened, 10th of 15, 12l behind Bullwhip (9-9) at Newmarket 7f 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gs in Aug.
Prince Of Thebes (IRE) 16-1 (9-1) In touch, ridden 3f out, outpaced 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, 7th of 13, 6l behind Sweet Clementine (9-3) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Aug.
Alfresco 9-2 (10-0) Keen held up, switched right 2f out, ridden and stayed on inside final furlong, 3rd of 6, 6l behind Slip Sliding Away (9-5) at Goodwood 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Aug.
Purple Gallery (IRE) 8-1 (8-4) Chased leaders, effort on stands rail 2f out, ridden over 1f out, stayed on to 2nd towards finish, not able to reach winner, 2nd of 7, 1l behind Secretive (9-6) at Brighton 1m hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Aug.
Swiss Cross 11-2 (9-7) Raced wide, in touch, headway on outside to 2nd well over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 12, 4l behind Avon River (9-8) at Kempton 1m 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Jun.