It was fast ground when AFRICAN OIL went close at Windsor last month and Charlie Hills' colt gets a tentative vote to go one better. Others have just as good a chance, however, including recent Salisbury third Digress and Caramack, the mount of Richard Hughes ahead of newcomer and stablemate Gold Nugget. Gold Hunter has shown ability but hasn't raced since May and Speedfit Boy has claims on his debut second at Yarmouth.
African Oil (FR) 13-2 (9-3) Chased leader, every chance from 2f out, kept on under pressure inside final furlong, 2nd of 11, 1/2l behind Colmar Kid (9-3) at Windsor 6f 2yo mdn (5) gf in Aug.
Caramack 10-3 (9-3) Led, pushed along and headed over 1f out, one pace, 3rd of 11, 4 1/2l behind Ribaat (9-3) at Haydock 6f 2yo mdn (5) gd in Aug.
Derwentwater (IRE) 11-1 (9-3) Dwelt, always behind, 10th of 11, 16l behind Filfil (9-3) at Kempton 7f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Aug.
Digress 10-1 (9-3) Bumped start, held up in rear, headway when not much room over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, nearest finish, 3rd of 12, 2 1/4l behind Saint Jerome (9-3) at Salisbury 6f 2yo mdn (4) gs in Aug.
Gold Hunter (IRE) 3-1 (9-3) With leaders, ridden to challenge and every chance over 1f out until inside final furlong, no impression with front pair final 110 yards, 3rd of 12, 5l behind Windhoek (9-3) at Nottingham 6f 2yo mdn (5) gf in May.
Gold Nugget (IRE) Elusive City colt out of Glamadour.
Speedfit Boy (IRE) 10-1 (9-3) Raced green in rear, ridden over 2f out, ran on to go 2nd near finish, 2nd of 6, 1 1/2l behind Prince Regal (8-10) at Yarmouth 6f 2yo mdn aut (6) gf in Aug.
Delphica (IRE) 40-1 (9-0) Chased leaders over 4f, 9th of 16, 14l behind Pearl Sea (9-0) at Goodwood 6f 2yo stks (2) gd in Aug.
Koharu 28-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, ridden 2f out, stayed on same pace over 1f out, 7th of 13, 8l behind Califante (9-0) at Windsor 6f 2yo stks (5) gd in Jul.
Mujadora (IRE) 11-1 (8-10) Always towards rear, 11th of 12, 23l behind Grey Street (8-6) at Ripon 6f 2yo mdn aut (5) gd in Aug.
Positive Parenting (IRE) 33-1 (8-12) Tracked leaders, pushed along 3f out, lost place over 2f out, last of 10, 27l behind Cap O'rushes (9-3) at Kempton 1m 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Aug.
Royal Betty 40-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, behind, outpaced over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 9, 23l behind Winning Express (9-0) at Sandown 5f 2yo stks (5) gf in Aug.