DAR ES SALAAM is a tentative selection to land this wide open handicap where Cupid's Glory, Slip and Higgy's Boy could be cited as three of the main dangers. Second last time out at Sandown when racing from 4lb out of the handicap, it might have been that the slight ease in the ground brought about an improved performance. Cupid's Glory landed a gamble when winning at Great Leighs having dropped to what looked an attractive mark. He has received a rise of 7lb for that and that leaves him remaining well handicapped on his best form. Given the yards record of sweating up horses like Cupid's Glory he could well score once again. Slip has an inexperienced claimer aboard to counteract his rise in the weights but remains open to some improvement while Higgy's Boy looked to have found the ground too soft last time but a re-production of his second behind Soft Shoe Shuffle would make him a contender. Buddy Holly was in fine form throughout the early part of the season but now looks to have been grabbed by the assessor. Dar Es Salaam is nominated to come home in front.
Count Ceprano (IRE) 10-1 (9-7) Always in last pair, no chance from halfway, 7th of 8, 10l behind Grand Vizier (9-2) at Kempton 1m app hcp (4) pol.
Power Elite (IRE) 5-1 (9-1) Chased leader in 2nd, challenged 3f out, led briefly 2f out, 2nd and ridden 1f out, kept on final furlong, not match winner, 2nd of 9, nk behind Mutakarrim (9-7) at Clonmel 1m 2f app clm gs.
Jadalee (IRE) 33-1 (9-11) Held up in mid-division, effort when not clear run over 2f out, not a danger after, 9th of 12, 15l behind Jagger (9-2) at Great Leighs 1m 6f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Aug.
Slip 11-1 (8-11) Close up, effort over 2f out, soon hung badly left, edged right over 1f out, not trouble leaders, 5th of 11, 4l behind Starfala (8-4) at Kempton 1m 4f 3yo hcp (3) pol.
Wild Desert (FR) 50-1 (8-9) Led, raced alone towards stands' side, headed 6f out, joined main group 5f out, ridden and weakened 2f out, 9th of 11, 13l behind Drumfire (9-1) at Newmarket 1m 2f stk (2) gs in Aug.
Baylini 12-1 (9-10) Held up, switched left just inside final 2f, stayed on inside final furlong to press for 3rd near finish, 4th of 8, 3 1/2l behind Moon Sister (9-0) at Folkestone 1m 2f fll hcp (3) gf in Aug.
Encircled 7-1 (8-6) Held up towards rear, headway on inner, every chance over 2f out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 7, 6l behind Ezdiyaad (9-3) at Doncaster 1m 2f hcap (3) gd in May.
Tri Nations (UAE) 12-1 (8-10) Led after 1f, headed over 7f out, prominent, ridden 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 11th of 18, 14l behind Unshakable (9-9) at Newmarket 1m 2f hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Aug.
Higgy's Boy (IRE) 9-1 (9-4) Held up, pushed along 3f out, stayed on inside final furlong, not pace to reach leaders, 5th of 7, 2 1/2l behind Mr Hichens (9-3) at Folkestone 1m 2f hcap (4) sft.
Shake On It 16-1 (9-9) Always behind, 11th of 13, 13l behind Legislation (9-4) at Great Leighs 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Aug.
Cupid's Glory 5-2fav (9-3) Held up towards rear, headway 4f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, soon clear, won at Great Leighs 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) pol beating Suzi Spends (8-13) by 3 1/2l, 11 ran.
Ravenna 12-1 (8-7) Tracked leaders, weakened over 2f out, last of 8, 16l behind Tropical Strait (9-1) at W'hampton 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Oct.
Buddy Holly 3-1jt-fav (9-4) Tracked leaders, ridden 3f out, ridden to challenege over 1f out, veered badly right 1f out, not recover and lost 3rd inside final furlong, 4th of 8, 9l behind Craigstown (9-6) at Newbury 1m 2f 3yo hcp (4) gs in Aug.
Stow 15-2 (8-9) Led after 1f until 6f out, chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, faded from over 1f out, 9th of 13, 11l behind Southpaw Lad (8-7) at Goodwood 1m 3f 3yo hcp (3) gf in Aug.
Dar Es Salaam 20-1 (8-11) Dwelt, took keen hold and soon in touch, headway 2f out, ridden to challenge over 1f out, disputed lead throughout final furlong, pipped on line, 2nd of 11, shd behind Redesignation (9-4) at Sandown 1m 2f hcap (3) sft.
Black Rain 16-1 (8-7) Tracked leader, led 3f out, joined over 2f out, headed over 1f out, soon weakened, 8th of 12, 7l behind Armure (8-5) at Kempton 1m 3f hcap (4) pol.