Itwasonlyakiss sets a fair standard but our vote goes to TAGSEED, with Barnstorm and the newcomer Bated Breath others worthy of attention. It may be significant that William Haggas has kept our selection in training as a four-year-old and we'll take the hint. The gelding ran well on his sole start last year and the winner of that is now a fair handicapper, so with improvement entirely possible he gets our vote with conditions no problem. Itwasonlyakiss is rated 75 and sets the standard having gone very close to winning twice already. She's at home under these conditions but needed her first run as a juvenile badly and has landed a poor draw here. With that in mind she's taken on along with Barnstorm, an expensive purchase who ran better than his finishing position suggests on debut but has to prove he can improve upon it on this ground. Bated Breath is the most interesting of the newcomers being closely related to a couple of smart performers from this yard. He'll probably want a bit further than this though and can be opposed this time. Pelmanism is a full brother to the yard's Tiddywinks, a smart performer over this trip, so he's more interesting than the likes of Times Ahead and Gold Crusher who may do better when handicapping. An interesting maiden that may go to Tagseed.
Tagseed (IRE) 4-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, switched left 2f out, effort soon after, kept on same pace final furlong, 3rd of 17, 1 3/4l behind Devil You Know (9-3) at Nottingham 6f 3yo mdn aut (5) gf in May.
Bahamian Bolt 33-1 (8-8) Took keen hold, tracked leaders, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 8th of 11, 10l behind Fair Passion (8-8) at Southwell 5f mdn auc stks (6) fbs in Feb.
Bahamian Jazz (IRE) Bahamian Bounty colt out of Nandy's Cavern.
Barnstorm 7-2 (8-13) Behind, ran green, headway to chase leaders 3f out, ridden and effort over 1f out, one pace final furlong, 5th of 7, 3l behind Johannesgray (8-13) at Catterick 6f mdn stks (5) gs.
Bated Breath Dansili colt out of Tantina.
Clare Harrier (IRE) Medecis colt out of Assafiyah.
Gold Crusher (USA) 14-1 (9-3) Prominent, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 11, 5l behind Brick Red (9-3) at Kempton 6f 2yo mdn stks (4) pol in Aug.
Loss Leader (IRE) 80-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, ridden on outside 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 9, 15l behind Citrus Star (9-3) at Pontefract 5f 2yo mdn aut (5) gf in Sep.
Pelmanism Piccolo gelding out of Card Games.
Rabbie Burns Dansili gelding out of Illusory.
Regal Emperor (IRE) Antonius Pius gelding out of Bali Breeze.
Times Ahead (USA) 80-1 (9-3) Held up in touch, ridden over 2f out, weakened approaching final furlong, 9th of 14, 11l behind Al Zir (9-3) at Newmarket 7f 2yo mdn (4) gs in Aug.
Whitechapel 7-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, in rear, shaken up over 3f out, always behind, last of 10, 15l behind Deloria (8-12) at Salisbury 6f 2yo mdn (4) gf in Jul.
Gower Diva Sakhee filly out of Fine Arts.
Itwasonlyakiss (IRE) 4-1 (9-0) Led on rail, ridden, kept on well when strongly pressed final furlong, no extra and headed towards finish, 2nd of 12, nk behind Miss Lesley (8-9) at Windsor 6f 2yo stks (4) gf in Jul.
Scooby Dee 40-1 (7-12) Behind, ridden and kept on from over 1f out, never nearer, 8th of 13, 23l behind Landowner (9-4) at Pontefract 1m 2yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Oct.