DAME NELLIE MELBA has shown steady improvement this year and duly got off the mark at Leicester last month. She appeared to have plenty in hand that day so an extra 5lb here shouldn't be a problem. San Cassiano won over course and distance in June but has struggled off higher mark since. But Ruth Carr's charge is still preferred to Philip Kirby's pair, Next Edition and Triple Eight, while Braveheart Move is best watched following a lengthy absence. Amaze needs softer ground.
Amaze 6-1 (9-7) Towards rear, pushed along and headway over 1f out, kept on same pace, 6th of 10, 7l behind Clon Brulee (9-4) at Ripon 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gs in May.
Braveheart Move (IRE) 9-1 (8-13) Held up in rear, headway over 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, ran on to lead well inside final furlong, ridden out, won at Newmarket 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Aug '12 beating No Heretic (9-2) by 3/4l, 9 ran.
Next Edition (IRE) 16-1 (10-4) Held up mid-division, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 14th of 17, 16l behind Nanton (10-1) at York 1m 4f ladys hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Jun.
San Cassiano (IRE) 9-1 (9-11) Led until over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 4th of 7, 3 1/2l behind Mushaakis (9-0) at Ripon 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jul.
Persian Peril 20-1 (9-7) Towards rear, ridden 3f out, never a factor, 7th of 10, 14l behind Arizona John (9-2) at Pontefract 1m 4f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in May.
Triple Eight (IRE) 12-1 (8-12) In touch, headway over 2f out, soon driven to challenge, never a threat, 3rd of 7, 3l behind Mushaakis (9-0) at Ripon 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jul.
Dame Nellie Melba 15-8fav (9-7) Tracked leader, led over 3f out, quickened clear over 1f out, idled inside final furlong, won at Leicester 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Jul beating Progenitor (9-12) by 1 1/4l, 6 ran.
Patently (IRE) 11-2 (9-4) Chased leader, every chance over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 4th of 10, 3l behind Mazaaher (9-4) at Newmarket 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Jul.