Jeff Pearce's Ghufa has been running really well of late with recent wins at Haydock either side of a decent effort when a close up third behind Seventh Cavalry at Goodwood and he should be thereabouts again but is now 8lbs higher than at Haydock last time so may be in the grip of the handicapper with a better bet looking to be MY MATE MAL, who is preferred to Marju King. The last mentioned sprung a bit of a surprise when successful at Windsor last month and has to be respected but a 5lb rise for that win last time makes following up that success difficult. Rae Guest's Lastroseofsummer is becoming expensive to follow and remains a maiden, while Sheila's Castle ran her best race since landing her maiden in August here last month but this looks tougher. Dr Scargill's Silent Applause gave little sign for encouragement on his return last month and looks best watched in a race taken to go to the consistent My Mate Mal, who can go one better than when a good second here last month.
Marju King (IRE) 17-2 (8-10) Soon settled in last, pushed along over 4f out, headway 3f out, led inside final furlong, stayed on well, won at Windsor 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in May beating Maslak (8-12) by 2 3/4l, 5 ran.
My Mate Mal 14-1 (10-0) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, kept on one pace, 2nd of 10, 1 1/2l behind Haljaferia (9-11) at Newmarket 1m 4f ladies hcp 0-70 (5) gd in May.
Ghufa (IRE) 2-1fav (8-11) Steadied start, held up, smooth headway 2f out, not clear run and switched right over 1f out, led well inside final furlong, readily, won at Haydock 1m 4f app hcp 0-70 (5) gs beating Amir Pasha (8-6) by 1l, 7 ran.
Silent Applause 10-1 (8-3) Raced far side, overall leader until 3f out, soon ridden, edged left and and kept on final furlong, 4th of 7, 5l behind Ellemujie (9-2) at Newmarket 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in May.
Carlton Scroop (FR) 20-1 (8-8) Slowly into stride, held up towards rear, ridden over 1f out, never on terms, 6th of 10, 11l behind Proud Times (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Carnac (IRE) 40-1 (8-9) Held up mid-division, pushed along and weakened well over 3f out, last of 15, 35l behind Tropical Bachelor (8-5) at York 1m 4f app hcp 0-80 (4) gd.
Sheila's Castle 12-1 (9-4) In rear, headway over 3f out, switched left over 2f out, ran on to go 3rd inside final furlong, 3rd of 10, 2l behind Haljaferia (9-11) at Newmarket 1m 4f ladies hcp 0-70 (5) gd in May.
Lastroseofsummer (IRE) 12-1 (8-5) Tracked leaders, chased winner just under 2f out until 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 3rd of 9, 4l behind Outland (8-2) at Nottingham 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gs.
Zaif (IRE) 20-1 (8-3) Behind, headway over 1f out, soon ridden, kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 8, 4 1/2l behind Strathcal (9-7) at Salisbury 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Supernoverre (IRE) 8-1 (9-4) With leaders early, settled to race in touch, pushed along and lost place 3f out, weakened 2f out, last of 9, 12l behind If I Had Him (8-13) at Yarmouth 1m 6f hcp 0-60 (6) gf in May.
Dovedon Earl 22-1 (8-7) Held up in rear, headway 4f out, weakened before final furlong, 6th of 12, 12l behind Broughtons Point (8-5) at Yarmouth 2m hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Apr.