MILLDOWN STORY gets the nod here ahead of Sea Crest and the potential improver Teia Tephi. Plenty of form to go on in this competitive if slightly weak maiden. The highest rated in the race on official figures is just the 67-rated selection Milldown Story. A decent third at Chepstow last time out behind Poppet's Lovein reads fairly well in the context of this race and a repeat of that run may be good enough. Abu Derby's best run was arguably his latest effort at Yarmouth when a 33/1 fourth to Straboe, Fantasy Gladiator also comes here on the back of a decent Yarmouth run and he has arguably contested better races, whilst Chatterszaha hasn't been seen for 308 days since her last run at Great Leighs. Sea Crest's consistency means that she must be respected; the first two were clear of the third when she last ran at Ripon, although it should be pointed out that the stablemate that beat her was officially rated 41. Teia Tephi will find this much easier than the Yarmouth race she ran in last time out, but she didn't really show too much to get excited about. Having made 65,000 guineas at the breeze-ups, improvement is expected from this half-sister to the classy Tariq, however it is Milldown Story who just gets the vote.
Oxbridge 20-1 (8-13) Raced keenly, in touch to halfway, weakened quickly from 3f out, 14th of 15, 25l behind Lancaster Lad (9-2) at Salisbury 1m 3yo hcp (6) gf in Jul '08.
Abu Derby (IRE) 33-1 (9-8) Chased winner, ridden and hung right over 1f out, one pace final furlong, 4th of 12, 2 3/4l behind Straboe (8-2) at Yarmouth 6f mdn hcap 0-65 (6) gd.
Fantasy Gladiator 14-1 (9-9) In rear and soon outpaced, headway over 1f out, chased winner inside final furlong, no impression, 2nd of 7, 2 1/4l behind Capone (9-11) at Yarmouth 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gd.
Meydan Style (USA) 16-1 (8-6) Tracked leader, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 8, 19l behind Dark Moment (9-3) at Musselburgh 7f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) gd.
Chatterszaha 40-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, ridden and weakened over 2f out, 13th of 14, 22l behind Fuzzy Cat (8-8) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs.
Milldown Story 8-1 (8-12) Tracked leader, ridden and every chance 2f out, one pace final furlong, 3rd of 6, 5l behind Poppet's Lovein (8-12) at Chepstow 7f mdn auc stks (5) gd.
Positivity 33-1 (8-9) Chased leaders, outpaced over 2f out, rallied over 1f out, kept on to take 3rd final 100 yards, 3rd of 11, 1 3/4l behind First Blade (8-9) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Jul.
Sea Crest 9-4fav (8-5) Chased leaders, ridden and effort 2f out, every chance when hung right over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, just held, 2nd of 8, nk behind Nabra (8-8) at Ripon 5f mdn stks (5) gf.
Teia Tephi 8-1 (9-0) Slowly away, ran green in rear, driven and beaten 2f out, last of 8, 9l behind Brushing (8-7) at Yarmouth 6f 3yo mdn fll stks (5) gd.