Surety drops down a couple of grades on the back of a three-length defeat at Newmarket. Venturous Spirit steps back up to a mile having failed to figure over 7f last time and the same comment applies to course and distance winner Si Senor. Chess Valley failed to beat lower rated opposition in a seller at Leicester recently, so the vote goes to INSPECTOR NORSE to continue his good progress having scored at Epsom last month on his handicap debut.
Surety (IRE) 12-1 (8-10) Keen prominent, joined leader halfway, ridden and every chance over 1f out, kept on one pace, 2nd of 6, 3l behind Munaaser (9-3) at Newmarket 1m 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gf in Jul.
Ligeia 50-1 (8-4) Last trio, no chance when hung left well over 1f out, 10th of 11, 24l behind Kosika (9-5) at Newbury 1m fll hcp (2) gd in Jul.
Best Kept 12-1 (9-3) Tracked leader, under pressure over 2f out, stayed on same pace final furlong, 5th of 9, 6l behind High Church (9-3) at Sandown 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Jul.
Venturous Spirit (IRE) 14-1 (9-0) Close up, ridden 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, not trouble leaders, 4th of 10, 8l behind Marmoom (9-5) at Newmarket 7f 3yo mdn (5) gf in Jul.
Inspector Norse 4-1 (9-3) Made all, ridden 2f out, ran on, won at Epsom Downs 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jul beating This Is The Day (9-5) by 1 3/4l, 6 ran.
Swordbearer 8-1 (9-4) Chased leaders, faded over 1f out, 6th of 14, 9l behind Bombardment (9-4) at Nottingham 1m 3yo & 4yo mdn (5) gf in Jul.
Si Senor (IRE) 11-4 (9-6) Chased winner, ridden over 1f out, lost 2nd place towards finish, 3rd of 7, 2 1/2l behind Despot (9-10) at Kempton 7f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) pol in May.
Applejack Lad 6-1 (8-11) Tracked winner, pushed along 3f out, ridden 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 4th of 5, 7l behind Sahra Al Khadra (9-4) at Newmarket 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Like A Prayer 9-2 (9-3) In rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, no impression, 5th of 8, 4l behind After The Goldrush (9-6) at Windsor 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Jun.
Chess Valley 8-11fav (9-4) Tracked leaders, challenged going well over 3f out, led over 1f out, soon shaken up and headed, found little, one pace, 2nd of 5, 1 3/4l behind Bishan Bedi (9-3) at Leicester 7f 3yo sll (6) gf in Jul.