ARSAADI appeared to appreciate the reapplication of blinkers and having finished a fair third in the Royal Hunt Cup, she makes plenty of appeal this afternoon off just a 1lb higher mark. Oddysey has been cannily campaigned by Michael Dods and as she'd made a habit of winning by very small margins, the handicapper may not have had the chance to take her full measure. Forgive was found out at Pontefract last time but she's proved herself on fast ground previously and shouldn't be dismissed out of hand on a return to handicapping. Alice's Dancer won a handicap at Brighton and is stepping back up to a mile. Galician is capable if not a little inconsistent, while Giles Bravery hasn't had a runner for a very long time so he will be hoping that Subtle Knife can give a good account of herself on a belated reappearance.
Arsaadi (IRE) 50-1 (8-12) Led far side and overall, soon clear, ridden and joined 1f out, headed final 100 yards, lost 2nd close home, 3rd of 28, 1 1/4l behind Belgian Bill (8-11) at Royal Ascot 1m hcp (2) gf in Jun.
Galician 25-1 (9-1) Prominent in stands side group, merged with centre group after 2f, ridden over 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, no impression, 10th of 19, 5l behind Field Of Dream (9-7) at Newmarket 7f hcp (2) gf.
Forgive 28-1 (8-12) Raced wide held up, pushed along 3f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 9, 24l behind Gifted Girl (8-12) at Pontefract 1m fll lst stks (1) gf.
Oddysey (IRE) 6-4fav (10-0) In touch in 4th, went 3rd over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, soon chased leader, kept on to lead last 75 yards, won at Doncaster 1m flls hcp 0-85 (4) gf beating Lady Of The House (9-3) by nk, 5 ran.
Sorella Bella (IRE) 16-1 (9-7) Keen tracked winner until ridden halfway, weakened final furlong, 10th of 11, 13l behind Indignant (9-1) at Newmarket 7f 3yo fll hcp 0-100 (2) gf.
Subtle Knife 6-1 (8-10) Raced far side in rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on one pace final furlong, 6th of 15, 4 1/2l behind Hippy Hippy Shake (9-1) at Newmarket 1m fll hcp (2) sft in Oct.
Alice's Dancer (IRE) 4-1 (9-7) Dwelt keen close up in last place, ridden over 2f out, went 3rd near finish, not troubled leaders, 3rd of 4, 2 1/4l behind Magic Destiny (9-4) at Ayr 7f fll hcp (0-85) (4yo+) (4) gf.
Queen Aggie (IRE) 3-1 (9-7) Tracked leader, pushed along 3f out, weakened final furlong, last of 7, 10l behind Ghasabah (9-3) at Leicester 7f 3yo fll hcp 0-80 (4) gf.