Ascot Lime is sure to be popular but it may be worth giving another chance to SWINGING SIXTIES in a competitive race where Tanto Faz, Military Power and Tajweed all make some appeal. The selection has been a shade disappointing the last twice but there are valid excuses for both performances as too much use was made of him over twelve furlongs at Goodwood and the soft ground was against him last time. His win from Amanjena at the end of June has been given a boost by the runner-up and his yard is in great form at present. Ascot Lime is a typically progressive runner from the yard whose style of racing makes it difficult for the handicapper. There should be more to come from this well bred colt and he'll be strongly fancied but he does meet Tanto Faz on far worse terms than when accounting for him at Sandown. The Haggas runner has a 12lb swing in the weights for just three and a half lengths and he's similarly unexposed and didn't have the race run to suit last time. Military Power finished a length in front of him on that occasion on his first outing since going close at Goodwood at the end of July. The run should have brought him on and he's handicapped to win more races. Tajweed was most disappointing when last seen but he had been progressive prior to that and may have benefited from his long break. It will be interesting to see what the market makes of his chances but Swinging Sixties may be able to bag this prize.
Midships (USA) 11-4 (9-4) Made all, clear 3f out, driven out, won at Newmarket 1m 2f 3yo hcp (2) gf in Sept beating Electrolyser (8-13) by 1 1/2l, 7 ran.
Laterly (IRE) 9-1 (9-2) Led, headed over 3f out, soon beaten, 12th of 16, 38l behind The Betchworth Kid (8-10) at Doncaster 1m 7f hcap (2) sft in Sept.
Slam 7-2fav (9-4) Soon tracked leader, ridden to lead 2f out, headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 3rd of 10, 5l behind Irish Mayhem (9-0) at Great Leighs 1m 3yo hcp (2) pol in Sept.
Redesignation (IRE) 7-1 (9-4) Chased leaders, ridden to challenge over 1f out, disputed lead throughout final furlong, nosed ahead on line, won at Sandown 1m 2f hcap (3) sft in Sept beating Dar Es Salaam (8-11) by a ns, 11 ran.
Closertobelieving 7-1 (8-11) Held up behind, headway 3f out, ridden and stayed on to lead 1f out, driven and kept on final furlong, just held on, won at Doncaster 1m 2f stk 0-85 (3) sft in Sept beating Magic Echo (9-1) by a ns, 18 ran.
Swinging Sixties (IRE) 8-1 (9-2) Chased leaders, ridden 2f out, no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 9, 3l behind Wasan (9-3) at Doncaster 1m 2f hcap (2) sft in Sept.
Military Power 2-1 (8-13) Held up in touch, switched entering final furlong, ridden and one pace, 4th of 7, 2 1/2l behind Yahrab (9-4) at Great Leighs 1m 2f 3yo hcp (2) pol in Sept.
Jaser 9-1 (8-13) Towards rear, never dangerous, 13th of 16, 10l behind Osteopathic Remedy (9-4) at Ripon 1m hcp 0-100 (2) gs in Aug.
Ascot Lime 2-1fav (8-7) Chased leaders, ridden to lead over 2f out, soon edged right, headed when not pace of winner final 75 yards, 2nd of 10, 1 1/2l behind Ajhar (9-9) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Sept.
Tanto Faz (IRE) 15-8fav (8-5) Held up, ridden 2f out, kept on, never nearer, 5th of 7, 2 1/2l behind Yahrab (9-4) at Great Leighs 1m 2f 3yo hcp (2) pol in Sept.
Tajweed (IRE) 13-2 (8-5) Mid-division, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, last of 12, 28l behind Conduit (8-6) at Epsom 1m 2f 3yo fll hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Jun.