This looks tricky but MONSIEUR RIEUSSEC won a higher class handicap at Newmarket last time and may just edge it. Upped 2lb, he's open to further progress on only his third start of the season. Kohlaan had to battle all the way to the line at Doncaster to land a hat-trick and will need to dig a bit deeper still off a higher mark today while Fiducia is taking on better rivals on the back of a win at Kempton. Gracious George is another upped in class and Strong Conviction looks to have superior claims on his latest effort at Windsor.
Kohlaan (IRE) 9-2 (9-7) Made all, clear over 4f out, ridden over 1f out, soon pressed, just held on, won at Doncaster 1m 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jun beating Freeport (9-5) by nk, 7 ran.
Monsieur Rieussec 7-1 (8-10) Held up, headway and switched left over 2f out, led over 1f out, held on, won at Newmarket 1m 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gf in Jun beating Royal Prize (9-0) by nk, 9 ran.
Strong Conviction 25-1 (8-13) Tracked leading pair, went 2nd 3f out, ridden over 1f out, lost 2nd inside final furlong, no extra in 4th final 100 yards, 4th of 10, 2l behind Ogbourne Downs (9-2) at Windsor 1m 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Jun.
Gracious George (IRE) 5-1 (9-5) Steadied start, hel up in rear, headway over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, kept on well to 4th in closing stages, not quite pace to reach leaders, 4th of 10, 1 1/4l behind Swift Cedar (9-5) at Newbury 7f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Jun.
Fiducia 6-1 (8-13) Held up towards rear, headway on inside 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, went 2nd inside final furlong, ran on to lead post, won at Kempton 7f fll hcp (5) pol in Jun beating Miss Avonbridge (9-6) by ns, 11 ran.