Fast Pace just failed to overhaul the useful Nearly Caught at Kempton last time and should make another bold bid, despite a 5lb weight rise. Penny Rose probably needs further help from the handicapper while Powder Hound hasn't raced since finishing second at Kempton in May but Topamichi only found one too good over track and trip on Friday and clearly handles soft ground. LADY PIMPERNEL probably deserves a change of luck as her latest Salisbury second has worked out well. She scored on good to soft as a two-year-old so the going shouldn't be a problem and her proven stamina will be an asset on the run for home. Emerging disappointed last time and will find this a tough task but Lyric Ballad was in good form earlier this summer and can't be ignored.
Emerging 15-2 (8-7) Tracked leaders, ridden 3f out, weakened 2f out, last of 7, 19l behind Glenard (8-6) at Haydock 1m 4f 3yo hcp (2) gf in Aug.
Powder Hound 10-3 (9-0) Led, strongly challenged over 2f out, soon headed, rallied over 1f out, no extra close home, 2nd of 5, 1 3/4l behind Disclaimer (9-7) at Kempton 1m 3f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) pol in May.
Fast Pace 5-1 (9-7) Held up mid-division, headway over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, soon chased winner, kept on towards finish, just failed, 2nd of 9, shd behind Nearly Caught (9-7) at Kempton 1m 3f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Aug.
Lady Pimpernel 7-2 (9-3) Led, ridden and headed inside final 2f, kept on, well held by winner inside final furlong, 2nd of 7, 1 3/4l behind Plutocracy (9-5) at Salisbury 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Aug.
Penny Rose 5-1 (8-8) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, kept on same pace, went moderate 3rd inside final furlong, no chance with front pair, 3rd of 8, 15l behind Lanansaak (8-8) at Ascot 1m flls hcp 0-95 (3) gd.
Unmoothaj 16-1 (9-4) Led, ridden and headed over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 6, 13l behind Bold Sniper (9-5) at Leicester 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Jun.
Lyric Ballad 2-1 (8-13) Close up, headway to press leader 2f out, soon every chance, kept on one pace and lost 2nd near finish, 3rd of 5, 1 1/2l behind Nemushka (9-7) at Leicester 1m 2f flls hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Jul.
Topamichi 6-1fav (9-2) Keen in touch, ridden to lead approaching 2f out, headed entering final furlong, kept on one pace, 2nd of 13, 4 1/2l behind Headline News (9-8) at Sandown 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) sft.