My Mate Jake should make a bold bid for a hat-trick having won over C&D last time with Ashkalara back in third. This is tougher than the race Graylyn Valentino won at Wolverhampton last month, however, and it was only a lowly seller that Officer In Command landed at Lingfield in July. Mcbirney is on a decent mark compared to last year's winning form and he showed a bit more last time but SPIN CAST is preferred. He wasn't disgraced over a longer trip here on his first start since April and scored over today's distance at Yarmouth.
Officer In Command (USA) 9-2 (9-2) Slowly away in rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, stayed on towards finish, not reach leaders, 3rd of 12, 1 1/2l behind Pravda Street (8-8) at Kempton 1m clm stks (6) pol.
Mcbirney (USA) 3-1fav (9-6) Held up towards rear, effort over 2f out, one pace, 5th of 9, 2 3/4l behind St Ignatius (9-12) at Kempton 1m 4f Ladies Handicap (0-80) (4yo+) (4) pol in Aug.
Spin Cast 13-2 (9-8) Held up towards rear, headway on inner over 2f out, no extra towards finish, 4th of 9, 2 1/2l behind St Ignatius (9-12) at Kempton 1m 4f Ladies Handicap (0-80) (4yo+) (4) pol in Aug.
Bennelong 12-1 (9-10) Held up in 5th, brief effort on inside over 2f out, soon beaten, last of 7, 17l behind Brigadoon (9-7) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Aug.
My Mate Jake (IRE) 7-2 (9-6) Tracked leaders, ridden to lead over 1f out, pressed inside final furlong, just held on, won at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Aug beating Sky Khan (9-4) by shd, 9 ran.
Youm Jamil (USA) 40-1 (8-11) Held up in mid-division, lost place over 2f out, 9th of 10, 12l behind Prime Exhibit (8-12) at Wolverhampton 7f clm stks (5) pol.
Wise Venture (IRE) 25-1 (8-12) Held up in 5th, outpaced 2f out, beaten when eased inside final furlong, last of 7, 33l behind Al Saham (9-7) at Doncaster 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Aug.
Ashkalara 20-1 (9-1) Dwelt, in rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, going well when attemped a strong challenge between rivals last 50 yards, no room and jockey forced to stop riding and ease mount towards finish, 3rd of 9, 1 3/4l behind My Mate Jake (9-6) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Aug.
Graylyn Valentino 9-1 (9-4) Held up, headway over 2f out, led inside final furlong, ran on, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Aug beating Lean On Pete (9-5) by 1l, 11 ran.
Tribouley 16-1 (9-7) Tracked winner, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened, 12th of 13, 23l behind Novalist (9-5) at Yarmouth 6f hcp 0-60 (6) sft in Jul.