Roger Varian has his string firing on all cylinders but the handicapper has taken no chances with Kempton maiden winner Deglet Noor. Sharqawiyah's only win came on soft ground but she's another with her fair share of weight at present while Narmin will have to defy a 7lb weight rise if she's to complete her hat-trick and stablemate Ethel disappointed on her handicap debut at Windsor. Al Jamal and Playbill look closely matched on Windsor running last month but we prefer COSSETED. She beat Mahican at Pontefract last month and the second has won both starts since. A mark of 74 here looks very generous on that evidence.
Beautiful View 20-1 (8-13) Went left start, close up, ridden and every chance 2f out, weakened final furlong, 9th of 11, 8l behind Indignant (9-1) at Newmarket 7f 3yo fll hcp 0-100 (2) gf in Jul.
Deglet Noor 33-1 (9-0) Held up towards rear, ridden over 2f out, soon headway, kept on to lead towards finish, won at Kempton 1m mdn stks (5) pol beating Hanzada (9-0) by nk, 13 ran.
Sharqawiyah 8-1 (9-0) Held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 3rd of 12, 7l behind Aeronwyn Bryn (8-8) at Thirsk 1m flls hcp 0-85 (4) gs.
Al Jamal 2-1fav (9-4) Prominent early, held up in touch, driven over 2f out, headway over 1f out, ridden and stayed on to chase leading pair inside final furlong, no impression, 3rd of 7, 3 1/2l behind Tinghir (9-4) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Narmin (IRE) 1-2fav (9-7) Steadeid start, held up tracking leaders, went 2nd over 2f out, led over 1f out, shaken up and in command inside final furlong, stayed on well, won at Chepstow 1m flls hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Aug beating Mystical Moment (9-5) by 2 3/4l, 4 ran.
Annawi 8-1 (9-0) Keen tracked leaders, chased winner over 4f out, ridden 2f out, kept on same pace, edged right and lost 2nd inside final furlong, 3rd of 11, 4l behind Vicksburg (9-0) at Chester 1m 2f fll mdn stks (4) gd in Aug.
Ethel 11-4 (9-2) Led, headed 2f out, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 7, 6l behind Starlight Symphony (8-11) at Windsor 1m flls hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Jul.
Playbill 9-4fav (8-13) Tracked leader unti settled in 3rd after 1f, stayed on to 2nd inside final furlong, no chance with winner, 2nd of 5, 2 3/4l behind Al Jamal (9-1) at Windsor 1m flls hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Aug.
Cosseted 5-4fav (9-0) Close up, pushed along to chase leading pair 2f out, led inside final furlong, readily, won at Pontefract 1m mdn stks (4) gf in Aug beating Mahican (9-5) by nk, 8 ran.
Magique (IRE) 2-1fav (9-4) Steadied start in rear, came centre over 7f out, ridden 3f out, switched left 2f out, headway approaching final furlong, nearest finish, 4th of 10, 6l behind Nimiety (9-9) at Newmarket 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Aug.