This is a wide open handicap with PENANG CINTA coming here after winning last time out and Feathered Crown trained by Henry Cecil sure to put in a strong challenge whilst Mabuya running off top weight may also feature. Penang Cinta was in command when victorious over this trip at Brighton and if showing this sort of form here could emerge victorious ahead of higher rated opposition. This certainly looks the right distance for this seven-year-old and having won two out of his last three races including a win over in Guernsey, the selection on the pick of his form could take this race. Mabuya has been the runner up twice in his last two races but never really looked like winning last time at Chepstow. His pedigree is certainly interesting and in first time blinkers will be looking to improve upon a record that has only yielded one win in twelve starts. Feathered Crown looks a danger but there are reservations about the distance and having been beaten within the final furlong last time over a shorter trip we oppose him today. Novikov has been running further over the hurdles recently so this is potentially an interesting entry for David Evan's gelding. An interesting jockey booking also catches the eye but today we go for the in-form pick amongst the field, Penang Cinta.
Mabuya (UAE) 13-8fav (8-7) Took keen hold, tracked winner, hung left from over 2f out, no impression until stayed on and closed towards finish, always held, 2nd of 6, 1/2l behind Cairnsmore (9-4) at Chepstow 1m 2f hcp 0-95 (3) gf in May.
Novikov 33-1 (8-12) Dwelt, soon close up on outside, ridden 2f out, soon weakened, last of 12, 12l behind Rock Ascot (9-0) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Oct.
Feathered Crown (FR) Evensfav (9-3) Raced towards center, led that group until led overall 3f out, ridden 2f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on, 2nd of 7, 1/2l behind Ellemujie (9-2) at Newmarket 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in May.
Akbabend 7-2fav (9-7) Led, steady pace, quickened over 2f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra, 4th of 9, 1 1/4l behind Jawaab (9-1) at Doncaster 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Dakiyah (IRE) 13-2 (9-8) Slowly into stride, held up towards rear, headway over 4f out, soon ridden and weakened, last of 13, 18l behind Tripitaka (9-3) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jan.
Encircled 14-1 (8-13) Held up towards rear, switched left over 2f out, headway over 1f out, soon ridden and every chance, ran on, 2nd of 9, hd behind Sherman Mccoy (8-9) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Apr.
Ouster (GER) 8-1 (9-4) Raced far side, tracked leader, pushed along 3f out, ridden and every chance 2f out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 7, 1 1/2l behind Ellemujie (9-2) at Newmarket 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in May.
Sequillo 4-1fav (9-7) Chased leaders, pushed along 4f out, weakened 3f out, 12th of 13, 17l behind Brouhaha (8-10) at Windsor 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Wiggy Smith 17-2 (9-3) Held up in rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 4th of 11, 4l behind Feathered Crown (8-12) at Leicester 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in May.
Penang Cinta 15-8fav (8-13) Chase leader, hard ridden over 2f out, stayed on gamely to lead final 100 yards, won at Brighton 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in May beating What's Up Doc (8-13) by 1/2l, 5 ran.
Dove Cottage (IRE) 9-2 (9-0) Led, headed over 3f out, soon lost place, kept on same pace final 2f, 6th of 7, 7l behind King's Masque (8-12) at Chepstow 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in May.