PERSIAN MEMORIES has been rather expensive to follow but John Dunlop's filly has run to a reasonable level of form of late and has been given a chance by the handicapper so she looks worth one more chance to open her account and gets the vote ahead of Cayman Sky and Sircozy. Improved efforts in admittedly moderate classified stakes races in his last two starts mean that the Stuart Williams-trained gelding has to be respected back in a handicap. He makes more appeal than Chateauneuf, from the yard of Barry Hills, who has just under three lengths to find with Sircozy on running last time. D'Artagnans Dream caught the eye in defeat at Lingfield two starts ago but horses often do there and he looks best discounted after his latest outing at the same venue. Richard Hannon's Cayman Sky ran better in a maiden here last time but still being without a win after 14 starts is a concern and preference is for the less exposed maiden Persian Memories.
Cluny 14-1 (9-0) Mid-division, pushed along and lost place over 3f out, tailed off, 14th of 15, well behind Windpfeil (8-4) at Windsor 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gs.
Persian Memories (IRE) 5-1 (8-9) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, one pace, 5th of 9, 3 1/2l behind Bow To No One (8-5) at Pontefract 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Cayman Sky 8-1 (9-3) Held up in rear, pushed along over 4f out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 10, 7l behind Count Of Tuscany (9-3) at Kempton 1m 4f mdn auc stks (5) pol.
D'Artagnans Dream 7-2fav (9-1) Steadied start, held up in rear, headway over 1f out, soon not clear run, never nearer, 4th of 14, 4l behind Mondego (9-5) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Carter 9-1 (9-1) Mid-division, headway over 1f out, soon no impression, 6th of 12, 4l behind Location (8-12) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Sircozy (IRE) 5-1 (8-11) Towards rear, headway well over 1f out, stayed on final furlong, 2nd of 12, 1 1/2l behind Giant Sequoia (9-7) at Kempton 1m 3f stks 0-55 (6) pol in Sep.
Bubses Boy 16-1 (8-4) Led, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra, 4th of 9, 3l behind Bow To No One (8-5) at Pontefract 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Saute 16-1 (9-0) Never better than mid-division, 7th of 12, 13l behind Tinkerbelle (8-11) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Chateauneuf (IRE) 8-1 (8-11) Mid-division, headway under pressure over 1f out, weakened well inside final furlong, 5th of 13, 2 3/4l behind Arty Crafty (8-11) at Kempton 1m 2f stks 0-55 (6) pol in Sep.
Pure Crystal 20-1 (8-10) Held up, reminders 7f out, behind, outpaced over 3f out, last of 10, well behind Winterbrook King (8-4) at Nottingham 2m 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) hvy in Jul.
First Maid 66-1 (8-1) Always in rear, 13th of 15, 13l behind Clovis (9-12) at Bath 1m 4f 3yo & 4yo sll (6) gd in Aug.