SIOUX RISING strikes as a bit of a course specialist and she can take top honours again. Lee Topliss' valuable 5lb claim will help this Danetime filly who was well-held behind Tajneed at Ripon last month; she is two from two here and is expected to bounce back to form. Esuvia is having a great year and the handicapper continues to be lenient, whilst Ardent could be anything after a Doncaster maiden romp and given she was backed on debut at Thirsk (when disappointing) her mark of 82 could be too low. Poppet's Lovein's recent form probably has more substance to it than Who's Shirl, Pepper Lane or Russian Rave, but bigger threats may be the classy pair at the head of the weights. Both Gouray Girl and Rio Mist come here in good form and neither's handicap mark looks completely out of reach.
Gouray Girl (IRE) 4-1fav (9-7) Behind, headway over 1f out, soon ridden, stayed on under pressure to chase winner final 100 yards, just held, 2nd of 8, shd behind Alice Alleyne (9-2) at Goodwood 6f flls hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Aug.
Rio Mist 5-1 (9-10) Chased leaders, driven over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace, no impression, 5th of 8, 4l behind Alice Alleyne (9-2) at Goodwood 6f flls hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Aug.
Ishiadancer 16-1 (7-13) Dwelt, raced in rear, progress to chase leaders over 2f out, soon one pace, 4th of 7, 7l behind Ashram (9-0) at Warwick 7f cond Stakes (3) gs in Aug.
Filligree (IRE) 22-1 (9-13) Reminder soon after start, mid-division, ridden 3f out, edged right over 2f out, soon weakened, last of 10, 25l behind Joe Packet (8-11) at Ascot 6f hcp 0-90 (3) gf in Jul.
Capercaillie (USA) 14-1 (9-6) Close up, driven over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 7th of 10, 4 1/2l behind Sarasota Sunshine (9-8) at Salisbury 7f fll hcp (2) gf.
Esuvia (IRE) 11-4fav (9-3) Made all, ridden over 1f out, edged right inside final furlong, held on well, won at Redcar 6f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jul beating Pepper Lane (7-11) by nk, 10 ran.
Sioux Rising (IRE) 6-1 (8-7) Tracked leader far side, outpaced 2f out, soon lost place, stayed on same pace final furlong, 7th of 15, 5l behind Tajneed (9-1) at Ripon 6f hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Aug.
Poppet's Lovein 5-1 (9-13) Slowly into stride,held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, stayed on towards finish, just held, 2nd of 10, hd behind Malcheek (9-12) at Redcar 7f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Aug.
Ardent 7-2 (8-12) Made virtually all, ridden clear over 1f out, ran on well, easily, won at Doncaster 6f 3yo & 4yo mdn (5) gd in Aug beating Al Muthanaa (9-3) by 4l, 11 ran.
Who's Shirl 10-1 (8-13) Mid-division, chased leaders over 3f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, soon edged left, kept on well, won at Redcar 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gf beating Wyatt Earp (9-4) by 3l, 8 ran.
Dametime (IRE) 16-1 (9-2) Rear of mid-division, travelling well on outer early straight, no impression from 1 1/2f out, kept on same pace, 9th of 14, 7l behind The Grey Rebel (9-8) at Dundalk 5f hcp 60-90 pol.
Ishe Mac 22-1 (9-9) Held up mid-division and keen, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 10, 9l behind Malcheek (9-12) at Redcar 7f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Aug.
Russian Rave 2-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders, ridden to challenge over 1f out, stayed on same pace closing stages, 3rd of 7, 3/4l behind Progress (9-4) at Brighton 7f flls hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Pepper Lane 7-1 (8-7) Chased leaders, kept on one pace final furlong, 3rd of 9, 2l behind Amenable (9-7) at Ripon 6f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Aug.
Offspring 11-2 (8-13) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 3rd of 7, 3l behind Jimmy The Poacher (9-4) at Thirsk 6f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Aug.