TWO TURTLE DOVES had been threatening to win for some time before doing so at Haydock and she'll like the ground. A 6lb penalty doesn't look insurmountable and she can score again under Silvestre De Sousa. By Rights won a handicap here in June but couldn't cope with a 5lb rise at Leicester while Backstage Gossip, whose maiden success came on soft ground at Salisbury, couldn't go the pace in a Windsor handicap last time. Silverrica's only victory came on fast going but Sir Geoffrey has no problems with the conditions having scored on soft going at Catterick in June when Oscars Journey was behind.
Silverrica (IRE) 8-1 (9-9) Tracked winner, ridden 2f out, kept on one pace, 2nd of 7, 1 3/4l behind Come On Dave (9-4) at Windsor 5f hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Queen Aggie (IRE) 10-1 (9-4) In touch towards rear, ridden over 2f out, never a factor, 6th of 8, 9l behind Uncle Dermot (9-0) at Brighton 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gs in Apr.
Cardinal 11-2 (8-12) Prominent, ridden halfway, kept on same pace, 5th of 7, 7l behind Indian Tinker (8-11) at Yarmouth 5f hcp 0-80 (4) gs.
Sir Geoffrey (IRE) 11-2 (9-12) Led, ridden and hung left over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, faded, 5th of 8, 5l behind Ichimoku (8-9) at Beverley 5f hcp 0-65 (6) gs in Jun.
Oil Strike 33-1 (8-13) Slowly into stride, always behind, last of 9, 23l behind Maakirr (8-10) at Southwell 6f hacp 0-70 (5) fbs in Jan.
Rylee Mooch 4-1 (9-8) Keen early tracked leaders, pushed along over 3f out, weakened final furlong, 4th of 6, 9l behind Come On Dave (9-11) at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-70 (5) pol.
Oscars Journey 16-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders, ridden halfway, kept on same pace, 4th of 7, 5l behind Come On Dave (9-4) at Windsor 5f hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Backstage Gossip 7-1 (8-10) Chased leading pair, no impression when lost 3rd over 1f out, no extra in 5th close home, 4th of 7, 2 3/4l behind Mia San Triple (9-6) at Windsor 6f flls hcp 0-80 (4) gs in Jul.
By Rights 7-2fav (9-4) With leader, ridden over 1f out, weakened last 100 yards, 4th of 9, 6l behind Bashiba (8-7) at Leicester 5f 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) gd in Jun.
Two Turtle Doves (IRE) 7-2 (8-5) Chased leaders, led over 2f out, kept on, won at Haydock 5f fll hcp (5) gd beating Busy Bimbo (8-0) by 1/2l, 8 ran.