The drop back to seven furlongs should suit PUNCH DRUNK and she gets the nod over Calahonda and Dream In Waiting. James Given's filly wandered all over the shop last time at Doncaster when she almost hit the front a furlong out. She drops back to seven here with the feeling that the eighth furlong may have meant she was at the end of her tether and with jockey Rosie Jessop claiming a valuable 7lb, she can go well at a price. Dream In Waiting, Brierty and Calahonda all come here on the back of wins, and the most interesting of those looks to be Dream In Waiting. The way that she quickened up last time in a decent nursery was impressive and she fully deserves her 8lb rise in the weights. Feeling Fab is consistent and should be in the firing line throughout, whilst It's Toast and Bobbie Soxer need to get over average recent runs. A good opportunity it appears for Punch Drunk to return to winning ways.
Feeling Fab (FR) 7-1 (9-2) Led, ridden 2f out, headed inside final furlong, not quicken, 4th of 11, 2l behind Lassarina (8-12) at Newbury 7f 2yo fll (2) gd in Sept.
Dream In Waiting 16-1 (8-1) Held up, headway 2f out, driven approaching final furlong, ran on to lead well inside final furlong, kept on, won at Doncaster 6f 2yo fll hcp (2) sft in Sept beating Happy Anniversary (8-9) by 1l, 16 ran.
Acquiesced (IRE) 11-1 (9-3) Held up in touch, effort over 2f out, stayed on same pace, 7th of 17, 7l behind Caledonia Princess (8-0) at Leicester 6f 2yo fll hcp (4) gd in Sept.
Gal Aloud (USA) 14-1 (8-10) Hampered leaving stalls, always mid-division on stands' side, 12th of 28, 11l behind Penny's Gift (8-6) at Ascot 6f 2yo aut (2) gd in Sept.
Brierty (IRE) 20-1 (9-7) Tracked leaders, quickened to lead over 1f out, ridden clear and soon flashed tail, eased towards finish, won at Great Leighs 6f 2yo hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Sept beating West Leake (8-11) by 2l, 12 ran.
Calahonda 7-1 (8-12) Close up, chased clear leader over 3f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, pressed inside final furlong, driven and all out, won at Yarmouth 7f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Sept beating La Adelita (9-0) by a shd, 10 ran.
Athania (IRE) 2-1jt-fav (8-4) Made all, shaken up 2f out, ran on final furlong, comfortably, won at Great Leighs 6f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Aug beating River Rye (8-12) by 3 1/2l, 4 ran.
Bobbie Soxer (IRE) 8-1 (9-0) Mid-division, headway when hampered over 1f out, soon weakened, 11th of 15, 8l behind Gal Aloud (9-0) at Newmarket 7f 2yo hcp (2) gf in Aug.
Barbee (IRE) 33-1 (8-12) Steadied start, held up in rear, some headway 2f out, never on terms, 9th of 17, 8l behind Caledonia Princess (8-0) at Leicester 6f 2yo fll hcp (4) gd in Sept.
Punch Drunk 20-1 (8-11) Chased leaders, every chance over 1f out, hung left and no extra final furlong, 6th of 16, 6l behind Battle of Hastings (8-8) at Doncaster 1m 2yo hcp (2) sft in Sept.
It's Toast (IRE) 6-1 (8-3) Dwelt, towards rear, ridden along and headway over 2f out, stayed on final furlong, 5th of 16, 7l behind Dream In Waiting (8-1) at Doncaster 6f 2yo fll hcp (2) sft in Sept.
Dream Date (IRE) 3-1fav (9-0) Chased leaders on outside, edged left under pressure over 1f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 16, 4l behind Rosy Mantle (9-0) at Great Leighs 6f 2yo mdn (4) pol in Sept.