Plenty in with a chance but a tentative vote goes the way of SIR MAXIMILIAN. He stormed to a six length success in a maiden at Doncaster last time and is preferred to Saloomy, another making his handicap debut after scoring at Salisbury recently. Intransigent has been thereabouts in tougher handicaps than this of late and should be in the mix while Gung Ho Jack finished ahead of previous C&D winner Impel at Windsor recently and could figure in this. Elbe is dropped in class for only her second start of the year and better is expected from her.
Intransigent 5-1 (9-2) Dwelt, held up towards rear, headway to chase winner over 1f out, kept on and lost 2nd place towards finish, 3rd of 8, 2 1/4l behind Show Flower (8-13) at Bath 6f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Jul.
Elbe 12-1 (8-12) Dwelt raced centre tracked leader, joined stand side group over 2f out, ridden and short of room over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 8th of 9, 10l behind Ultrasonic (9-7) at Newmarket 6f flls hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Jul.
Impel (IRE) 9-2 (9-6) Chased leaders on outside, driven over 1f out, edged left and weakened final furlong, 8th of 9, 6l behind Jocasta Dawn (8-12) at Windsor 6f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Jul.
Sir Maximilian (IRE) 11-10fav (9-3) Settled in touch, headway over 1f out, switched left to challenge inside final furlong, soon led, quickened clear, impressive, won at Doncaster 5f mdn stks (5) sft in Jun beating Vanity's Girl (8-12) by 6l, 8 ran.
Blackdown Fair 11-4fav (7-12) Led after 1f, soon joined and set strong pace, headed over 3f out, hard ridden over 2f out, faded approaching final furlong, 6th of 7, 9l behind Eureka (8-10) at Salisbury 6f 2yo aut (3) gf in Jun '11.
Gung Ho Jack 16-1 (9-2) Pressed leader, ridden and every chance over 1f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 5th of 9, 1 3/4l behind Jocasta Dawn (8-12) at Windsor 6f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Jul.
Fast Finian (IRE) 13-2 (8-9) Pulled hard early, in touch, ridden 2f out, weakened final furlong, 8th of 9, 9l behind Nassau Storm (9-6) at Ascot 6f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Jul.
Saloomy 8-11fav (9-3) Led narrowly 2f, with leader, led again inside final 2f, driven 1f out, ran on, won at Salisbury 6f mdn stks (5) fm in Jul beating Stir Trader (9-3) by 1 3/4l, 6 ran.