Another competitive heat where ELECTIONEER is selected to get the better of Radio City and Royal Blade. All three short-listed runners came home in front last time and Mark Johnston's runner is preferred mainly because he is probably open to greater improvement. The Elusive Quality colt still showed signs of greenness at Beverley before being good enough to overcome that and score by over a length, and he is going very much the right way. This is tougher but he can find enough. Radio City is 5lbs higher than when winning a Brighton handicap by just a short head and while he too is progressing he might just come up short with that extra burden to shoulder. Royal Blade kept on well to take a Windsor maiden and steps into handicaps on a mark of 73, which gives him a clear chance of getting involved once again. Mahiki won a couple of Southwell contests over the minimum trip last month but has yet to prove she is as effective on turf, while Mister Hughie will find this much tougher than the seller he won last time. Mijas Playa will prefer this faster ground than at Thirsk and a return to form would make her a major player, but Electioneer gets the vote.
Mijas Playa 8-1 (8-6) Held up mid-division, hard ridden over 1f out, soon weakened, 7th of 9, 8l behind Midnight Martini (8-9) at Thirsk 5f 2yo hcp (3) gs.
Danzoe (IRE) 12-1 (9-1) Prominent on outside, ridden 2f out, beaten over 1f out, soon weakened, 11th of 12, 11l behind Singeur (9-1) at York 5f 2yo hcp (3) gd in Jul.
Electioneer (USA) 4-1 (9-3) Tracked leader, led 1f out, kept on, won at Beverley 5f 2yo mdn (4) gf in Jul beating Trinder (9-3) by 1 1/4l, 12 ran.
Radio City 7-2fav (9-0) Towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, led inside final furlong, stayed on well, won at Brighton 5f 2yo hcp (5) gf beating Vilnius (8-3) by shd, 10 ran.
Royal Blade (IRE) 33-1 (8-4) Made all, ridden and hung left from over 1f out, won at Windsor 5f 2yo mdn aut (4) gd in Jul beating Listillo (8-13) by 3/4l, 6 ran.
Six Diamonds 20-1 (8-5) Raced centre, close up and raced keenly, ridden 2f out, weakened final furlong, 11th of 18, 7l behind She's Ok (8-5) at Newmarket 6f 2yo fll hcp (2) gd.
Mahiki 9-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, hung right over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 10, 7l behind Six Wives (9-0) at Lingfield 5f 2yo hcp (5) pol.
I'malwaysright (IRE) 3-1 (8-13) Prominent, ridden halfway, every chance 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 9, 11l behind Drift And Dream (8-5) at Yarmouth 5f 2yo mdn aut (5) gd in Jun.
White Daffodil (IRE) 5-1 (8-12) Went right, bumped start, chased leaders, ridden and outpaced over 1f out, weakened final furlong, last of 7, 6l behind Lady Darshaan (8-9) at Windsor 5f 2yo fll stks (2) gf in Jun.
Mister Hughie (IRE) Evensfav (9-2) Held up, headway halfway, driven to challenge over 1f out, led inside final furlong readily, won at Bath 5f 2yo sll (6) gd beating True Red (8-8) by nk, 8 ran.
Rockabilly Rebel 9-1 (9-3) Held up in mid-division on rails, ridden and headway over 1f out, stayed on to take 3rd final 100 yards, 3rd of 11, 5l behind Final Answer (9-3) at Sandown 5f 2yo mdn (4) gf in Jul.
Val C 16-1 (8-12) Behind, stahed on from over 1f out, never dangerous, 5th of 8, 11l behind Piccadilly Filly (8-12) at Lingfield 5f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol.