Links Drive Lady has claims in a tricky opener if improving a little on her second over 7f at Folkestone. Bold Ring makes a swift reappearance after finishing third at Brighton on Thursday and has to be respected, while Recalcitrant and Daneside have both been thereabouts in recent runs. Galloping Queen is another to consider but let's take a chance on lightly-raced handicap debutant CHARLIE FABLE, who looks likely to be suited by the drop in distance and ran a lot better than his final placing suggests here last month.
Angelena Ballerina (IRE) 9-1 (11-0) Mid-division, ridden 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 13, 38l behind Cultural Desert (10-11) at Salisbury 1m am hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jul.
Recalcitrant 14-1 (9-3) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened towards finish, 4th of 8, 4l behind Medaille D'or (9-4) at Folkestone 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Jul.
Curlew (IRE) 33-1 (9-10) Dwelt, held up towards rear and keen, ridden over 3f out, soon weakened, 11th of 12, well behind Ocean Transit (9-4) at Nottingham 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) hvy in Nov.
Aflaam (IRE) 28-1 (10-10) Chased leader, led narrowly 4f out, ridden and headed entering final 2f, chased winner until over 1f out, stayed on same pace final furlong, 3rd of 9, 4 1/2l behind Rajnagan (10-4) at Newbury 1m 2f am hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Jul.
Links Drive Lady 20-1 (8-13) Mid-division, ridden and headway over 1f out, chased winer inside final furlong, always held, 2nd of 11, 1 1/4l behind All Honesty (9-4) at Folkestone 7f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Jul.
Galloping Queen (IRE) 12-1 (8-12) Chased clear leading trio throughout but never on terms, ridden and no chance final 3f, 4th of 8, 17l behind El Muqbil (9-2) at Lingfield 1m 1f 3yo & 4yo mdn (5) gd in Jul.
Bold Ring 5-2fav (9-2) 4th leaving stalls and 4f out, in 3rd place as field emerged out of fog final half furlong, 3rd of 6, 4l behind Lady Florence (9-3) at Brighton 7f fll hcp (5) sft.
Charlie Fable (IRE) 50-1 (9-3) Held up towards rear, ridden over 2f out, some headway over 1f out, never near leaders, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 13, 13l behind Anatolian (9-3) at Windsor 1m 2f 3yo & 4yo mdn (5) gf in Jul.
Daneside (IRE) 14-1 (8-2) Held up mid-division, headway over 2f out, kept on to chase winner inside final furlong, always held, 2nd of 15, 1 3/4l behind Madame Excelerate (9-2) at Sandown 1m app hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Jul.
Gazboolou 22-1 (8-6) Held up mid-division, ridden over 1f out, one pace, 8th of 15, 7l behind Madame Excelerate (9-2) at Sandown 1m app hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Jul.
Talkative Guest (IRE) 17-2 (9-5) Held up mid-division, weakened 2f out, last of 8, 38l behind Peachez (8-11) at Folkestone 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) gd in Jul.
Scintillating (IRE) 50-1 (8-12) Always in rear, 11th of 12, 32l behind Norcroft (8-5) at Southwell 7f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Jul.