Wild Desert has ability but is hard to predict. COOL BARANCA is more straightforward and dotted up at Perth on Thursday. Dianne Sayer's mare stays this longer trip and must have every chance of defying her penalty, though Danvilla is fit from the Flat and still has a bit of scope over hurdles. Marmas won over track and trip in July but was then well beaten at Bangor and Monkey Milan and Elsafeer are returning from lengthy breaks. Galley Slave and Phoenix Eye both race from a long way out of the handicap.
Monkey Milan (IRE) 9-2fav (11-12) Held up towards rear, headway into mid-division 3rd, tracked leading pair 6th, hit 3 out, joined leader going well when mistake next, led last, ridden and kept on flat, won at Market Rasen 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Apr '12 beating Mirific (11-1) by 6l, 14 ran.
Elsafeer (IRE) 6-1 (11-12) Held up in touch in last pair, headway on inside 3 out, led next, headed last, stayed on, 2nd of 7, 3/4l behind Prankster (10-8) at Ffos Las 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gf in May '12.
Danvilla 10-1 (11-3) Led, clear 2nd, not fluent 4th, mistake 8th, went right 3 out, headed approaching last, no extra flat, 4th of 12, 7l behind Dancingtilmidnight (10-10) at Ludlow 2m 5f mrs nov hdl (4) gd in Oct.
Cool Baranca (GER) 5-2fav (10-10) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 3 out, led before 2 out, jumped right last 2, soon clear, eased towards finish, won at Perth 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs beating My Idea (10-6) by 14l, 9 ran.
Wild Desert (FR) 20-1 (10-3) Tracked leader until 4th, weakened approaching 3 out, tailed off, 13th of 14, well behind Dartford Warbler (10-11) at Cartmel 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gd in Aug.
Marmas 6-1 (11-6) Tracked winner, weakened quickly 4 out, 7th of 12, 27l behind He's A Hawker (11-11) at Bangor 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Aug.
Galley Slave (IRE) 12-1 (10-9) Mid-division, not fluent 8th, ridden 3 out, plugged on before last, went 3rd flat, no chance with front pair, 3rd of 12, 23l behind Pete (10-12) at Cartmel 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Aug.
Phoenix Eye 25-1 (10-3) Held up in rear, struggling 3 out, late headway into modest 5th before last, no impression, 5th of 8, 14l behind Burns Night (10-10) at Stratford 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Aug.