Spiraea ran well here on debut and missed the break at Windsor next time. She can't afford to do that over this shorter trip and preference is for PERFECT MUSE, who didn't stay 7f here last month having shown plenty of pace over 6f at Lingfield on debut. She should be suited by a first try over the minimum. New Rich has been placed in three of his nine starts but is clearly nothing special and likely to find at least one too good again while the other trio all have plenty to find.
Island Express (IRE) 33-1 (9-0) Slowly away always in rear, 12th of 13, 17l behind Beach Rhythm (8-9) at Southwell 5f hcp (6) fbs in Aug.
New Rich 7-2 (8-13) Pushed along in rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, pressed winner inside final furlong, no impression towards finish, 2nd of 6, 3/4l behind Scarlet Strand (8-7) at Bath 6f 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) fm in Aug.
Lady Rain 150-1 (8-11) Chased leaders, pushed along over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, weakened soon after, 10th of 12, 8l behind Josefa Goya (9-0) at Wolverhampton 5f mdn stks (5) pol in Jul.
Threave 66-1 (9-8) Led, headed narrowly over 4f out, ridden 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 12, 24l behind Yahilwa (8-11) at Southwell 7f mdn stks (5) fbs in May.
Perfect Muse 9-2 (9-0) Took keen hold early, tracked leaders, went 3rd well over 1f out, no impression and lost places in closing stages, 5th of 9, 11l behind Paradise Watch (9-5) at Salisbury 7f 3yo & 4yo mdn (5) gd in Aug.
Spiraea 4-1 (9-0) Carried left and slowly away, held up, pushed along over 3f out, effort over 2f out, no impression, weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 11, 8l behind Oasis Spirit (8-9) at Windsor 6f 3yo mdn (5) gd in Jun.