Lingfield winner Top Frock can do better back over today's trip and find himself in contention but Joyful Spirit has a 10lb rise to contend with after sluicing up on the Turf at Lingfield last time. Darling Lexi is only 2lb higher than when scoring at Chester on her penultimate start but the less exposed runners are of more interest. Eltiqaa, Furzanah and Any Other Day all have scope for progress on their handicap debuts but DR HOUSEMAN beat a subsequent winner at Lingfield on his racecourse debut and the vote goes to Amanda Perrett's charge.
Eltiqaa (IRE) 18-1 (8-12) Tracked leaders, pushed along and outpaced 2f out, rallied under hands and heels inside final furlong, went 3rd post, 3rd of 7, 4l behind Uriah Heep (9-3) at Goodwood 1m 2f 3yo mdn (5) gd.
Dr Houseman 5-1 (9-3) Held up, headway on outside over 3f out, led just over 1f out, ran on well, won at Lingfield 1m 2f mdn auc stks (6) pol in Aug beating Tiger Cliff (9-3) by 2 1/4l, 9 ran.
Harry Buckle 13-2 (8-11) Led, clear halfway, ridden 2f out, edged left final furlong, headed towards finish, 2nd of 12, 1 1/2l behind Dovils Date (9-0) at Newmarket 1m 4f 3yo stk 0-70 (5) gs in Jun.
Badea 10-1 (9-1) Mid-division, ridden over 3f out, soon lost place, well beaten over 2f out, 7th of 10, 7l behind Miss Cap Estel (9-7) at Chester 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Top Frock (IRE) 4-1 (9-4) Tracked leader, went 2nd 9f out, led over 2f out, soon headed, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 7, 12l behind Raving Monsun (8-10) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f flls hcp (0-70) (3yo+) (5) pol in Aug.
Alvitude (USA) 8-1 (8-12) Took keen hold, held up in touch in 5th, weakened over 2f out, last of 6, 12l behind Future Security (9-7) at Bath 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Aug.
Furzanah 16-1 (9-0) Mid-division, pushed along over 3f out, no impression, 7th of 13, 8l behind Fulney (9-0) at Sandown 1m mdn fll stks (5) gd in Aug.
Any Other Day 22-1 (8-9) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 4th of 13, 5l behind Fulney (9-0) at Sandown 1m mdn fll stks (5) gd in Aug.
Joyful Spirit (IRE) 7-2fav (9-4) Made all, raced wide, soon clear, unchallenged, eased heavily final 75 yards, won at Lingfield 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Aug beating Joy To The World (8-8) by 6l, 12 ran.
Valley Queen 20-1 (9-1) Steadied start, held up in last pair, pushed along 3f out, driven 2f out, stayed on to 3rd over 1f out, no impression, 3rd of 6, 4 1/2l behind Croeso Mawr (8-9) at Chepstow 1m flls hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Aug.
District Attorney (IRE) 4-1 (8-12) Took keen hold, tracked leader for 2f, chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, soon beaten, went poor 3rd close home, 3rd of 8, 16l behind Kiwayu (9-1) at Lingfield 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jul.
Chronic Flame (TUR) 11-2 (9-3) Tracked leading pair, went 2nd over 8f out, ridden and unable to quicken over 1f out, disputing well held 2nd inside final furlong, weakened to 4th final 100 yards, 4th of 7, 6l behind Ed De Gas (9-3) at Lingfield 1m 2f 3yo mdn auc stks (6) pol in Feb.
Darling Lexi (IRE) 9-2 (8-8) Prominent, tracked leader 9f out, ridden over 2f out, no extra inside final furlong, 6th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Miss Cap Estel (9-7) at Chester 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Bobs Her Uncle 66-1 (8-12) Dwelt held up, never a factor, 8th of 10, 26l behind Stencive (9-3) at Newmarket 1m 4f 3yo mdn (5) gf in Jul.