Chookie Royale bounced back to form with an easy win at Musselburgh last week but has a tougher task under a penalty. MR DAVID is upped 5lb for his recent win over track and trip but won with a bit to spare and gets the speculative vote in a wide-open handicap. Palace Moon is not out of this off his current mark while a case can be made for both of Amanda Perrett's runners, Head Of Steam and Sir Mike. Future Reference is only 3lb higher than last month's win over course and distance and is just preferred to Kakatosi and Lunar Diety of the others.
Chookie Royale 9-1 (8-8) Close up, led approaching 2f out, ridden and hung left inside final furlong, ran on, won at Musselburgh 7f hcp 0-95 (3) gf beating Silver Rime (8-13) by 2 3/4l, 12 ran.
Mr David (USA) 16-1 (9-7) Mid-division, switched left over 2f out, headway on wide outside over 1f out, strong run to lead inside final furlong, ran on well, won at Kempton 7f hcp 0-80 (4) pol beating Secret Beau (9-3) by 2l, 13 ran.
Palace Moon 16-1 (8-13) Raced centre, mid-division, effort over 1f out, soon chasing leaders, never able to challenge, 4th of 11, 6l behind Gramercy (8-13) at Ffos Las 6f hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Aug.
Head Of Steam (USA) 10-1 (8-9) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, still going well when lost place over 2f out, ridden 1f out, no impression, 9th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Ayaar (8-11) at Newmarket 7f hcp 0-100 (2) gf in Sep.
Corporal Maddox 20-1 (9-4) Raced centre, slowly into stride, mid-division, headway over 1f out, chased leaders inside final furlong, never on terms, 6th of 15, 3 1/2l behind Dungannon (9-7) at Haydock 6f hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Sep.
Midnight Rider (IRE) 6-1 (9-9) Held up in rear, good headway near side over 1f out, ridden and ran on inside final furlong, hampered near finish, not recover, 6th of 16, 2l behind Trinityelitedotcom (9-1) at Warwick 6f hcp (3) gf.
Sir Mike 12-1 (9-6) Tracked leader, ridden over 2f out, switched right over 1f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 15, 9l behind First Post (8-13) at Goodwood 1m hcp 0-85 (4) sft.
Kakatosi 7-1 (9-6) Awkwardly away in rear, effort over 1f out, no impression final furlong, 5th of 8, 3 1/2l behind Angelic Upstart (8-7) at Newmarket 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Aug.
Future Reference (IRE) 2-1fav (9-7) Led, pushed along over 2f out, ridden to challenge over 1f out, no extra and lost 2nd place towards finish, 3rd of 11, 1 3/4l behind Just Paul (8-5) at Musselburgh 7f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Sep.
Nassau Storm 13-2 (9-3) Raced centre, held up in rear, headway over 1f out, never nearer, 8th of 15, 5l behind Dungannon (9-7) at Haydock 6f hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Sep.
Lunar Deity 3-1 (9-5) Held up well off the pace towards rear, headway on inside over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, never going pace to get into contention, 4th of 12, 3l behind Iptisam (9-0) at Epsom Downs 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Sep.
Janoub Nibras (IRE) 20-1 (9-5) Close up, ridden over 3f out, weakened 2f out, last of 12, 32l behind Tobacco Road (8-12) at Sandown 1m 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) sft in Sep.
Footstepsintherain (IRE) 7-1 (9-4) In touch, ridden 3f out, kept on same pace, 7th of 17, 11l behind Common Touch (9-4) at Ascot 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gs.
Lewisham 14-1 (9-2) Tracked leaders, ridden and not much room over 2f out, soon outpaced, 7th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Hoodna (9-7) at Kempton 6f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Sep.