Silken Thoughts easily won the annual Flat v Jumps Jockeys Challenge at Sandown for which she has been raised 8lb. The ground was very soft but it was good when she scored at Newbury last July so she should be in the shake-up. Rawaki made a winning start on his belated debut at Wolverhampton in June and hasn't been seen since but QARAABA landed a quick double in March and by the way she strolled home at Doncaster on Lincoln Day looks capable of going on to better things - an 8lb rise doesn't look enough to prevent a hat-trick. John Louis is progressing well and made all for a comfortable victory at Kempton, though he's unlikely to get an easy lead as he did there and he's 7lb higher.
Jiwen (CAN) 8-1 (9-3) Behind, headway on outer over 1f out, ridden inside final furlong, kept on to lead close home, won at Newbury 1m 2f flls hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Oct beating Fashionable Gal (9-1) by hd, 15 ran.
Qaraaba 4-1fav (9-3) Held up towards rear, headway and not much room over 2f out, ran on to lead well inside final furlong, kept on well, won at Doncaster 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Mar beating Reachforthebucks (9-4) by 1 1/2l, 16 ran.
Dick Doughtywylie 12-1 (8-9) Keen prominent, ridden 3f out, weakened final furlong, 10th of 15, 15l behind Tullius (8-12) at Newmarket 1m 1f hcp (2) gs.
Reflect (IRE) 5-1 (9-0) Led, headed 7f out, prominent, ridden 2f out, weakened final furlong, 11th of 16, 6l behind Charles Camoin (9-1) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-105 (2) pol in Mar.
Proud Chieftain 16-1 (8-12) Always behind, 7th of 9, 8l behind Hunter's Light (9-0) at Lingfield 1m 2f Listed stks (1) pol in Nov.
Silken Thoughts 8-1 (11-1) Raced widest of all, chased leader, led entering final 2f, clear over 1f out, stayed on well, won at Sandown 1m hcp 0-80 (4) hvy in Apr beating Barwick (11-0) by 4l, 12 ran.
Danadana (IRE) 8-1 (8-6) Prominent, ridden and every chance over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 8th of 15, 14l behind Tullius (8-12) at Newmarket 1m 1f hcp (2) gs.
Robin Hoods Bay 5-1 (9-3) Slow into stride, in rear, on outer when lost hind legs and slipped 4f out, headway approaching final furlong, ran on strongly to go 2nd post, not reach winner, 2nd of 14, 1 1/4l behind Yasir (9-1) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Oct.
Yasir (USA) 8-1 (9-1) In touch, ridden to challenge entering final furlong, led inside final furlong, ran on, won at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Oct beating Robin Hoods Bay (9-3) by 1 1/4l, 14 ran.
Fadhaa (IRE) 7-2 (9-6) Headway to track leader 8f out, led halfway, pressed from 2f out, soon narrowly headed, stayed challenging winner until no extra closing stages, 2nd of 8, 3/4l behind Shalloon (9-3) at Sandown 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Sep.
Arabian Heights 9-2 (9-7) Took keen hold, held up in 6th, headway over 2f out, stayed on under pressure inside final furlong, went 3rd closing stages, no impression on leading duo, 3rd of 8, 2 1/4l behind Lucky Legs (9-1) at Windsor 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Oct.
Fanny May 11-1 (9-7) Took keen hold, chased leader until ridden over 2f out, weakened inside final 2f, 6th of 13, 15l behind Stand To Reason (9-4) at Newbury 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Apr.
Borug (USA) 11-2 (9-7) In touch, ridden over 3f out, effort over 1f out, kept on same pace, 5th of 11, 7l behind Staff Sergeant (8-13) at Musselburgh 1m 1f hcp 0-85 (4) gs.
Rawaki (IRE) 16-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, lost place over 5f out, pushed along over 3f out, closed over 2f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, ran on, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 3yo mdn auc stks (6) pol in Jun beating Starbound (8-12) by 3/4l, 8 ran.
Nave (USA) 13-2 (9-7) Tracked leaders, ridden to lead over 2f out, headed over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 13, 6l behind Samsons Son (9-6) at Goodwood 1m 4f hcp 0-90 (3) sft in Sep.
Yojimbo (IRE) 11-1 (9-5) With leader, led over 4f out, headed well over 1f out, soon weakened, 8th of 16, 13l behind Qaraaba (9-3) at Doncaster 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Mar.
Mataaleb 16-1 (8-6) Dwelt in rear, headway on outer entering final furlong, ridden and kept on, nearest finish, 4th of 10, 5l behind Midsummer Sun (9-3) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp 0-105 (2) pol in Apr.
Seeking The Buck (USA) 66-1 (8-10) Chased leader, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, last of 11, 35l behind Willing Foe (8-8) at Newmarket 1m 4f hcp 105 (2) gd in Oct '10.
John Louis 5-2fav (9-2) Made all, took keen hold, pushed along over 1f out, stayed on strongly, won at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Feb beating Silver Alliance (9-2) by 3 1/2l, 9 ran.
Novirak (IRE) 100-1 (9-3) Took keen hold, chased leaders, headway between horses over 1f out, carried left inside final furlong, edged left under pressure closing stages, driven to lead last strides, won at Folkestone 1m 2f mdn stks (5) gd in Sep beating Ela Gonda Mou (9-4) by hd, 10 ran.