SALLY'S SWANSONG got her nose in front in the closing stages to land a C&D double last month and is worth sticking with in her current frame of mind. Choice Pearl, Gran Canaria Queen and Speedyfix all have something to find with Eric Alston's mare on recent running but Ballinargh Girl should be taking advantage of her tumble down the weights soon. Funcheon Vale can be given a chance off his current mark as well and the selection's stablemate Ballarina could also figure on her best form.
Mr Optimistic 66-1 (8-9) Slowly into stride, held up towards rear on outside, never a factor, last of 10, 6l behind Rocket Rob (9-4) at Sandown 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Sep.
Funcheon Vale (IRE) 11-4fav (9-4) Chased leader until 2f out, hung left over 1f out, weakened entering final furlong, last of 7, 6l behind Pucon (8-13) at Brighton 5f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Aug.
Ballinargh Girl (IRE) 17-2 (9-7) Soon led, ridden inside final furlong, soon headed, weakened towards finish, 6th of 11, 1 3/4l behind Yungaburra (8-9) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Sep.
Ghazeer (IRE) 9-2 (9-7) Close up, ridden halfway, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 12, 6l behind Ypres (9-7) at Southwell 5f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Aug.
Liberal Lady 10-1 (9-6) In rear, ridden halfway, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 6, 9l behind Danzoe (9-5) at Folkestone 5f hcp 0-60 (6) sft in Sep.
Sally's Swansong 10-3fav (9-2) In touch, headway over 1f out, hampered and carried left 1f out, ridden and stayed on to lead towards finish, won at Wolverhampton 5f hcp (6) pol in Sep beating Nine Before Ten (9-2) by nk, 12 ran.
Loyal Royal (IRE) 12-1 (8-11) Raced centre, tracked leaders, lost place and edged right 2f out, soon no impression, 7th of 10, 10l behind Portrush Storm (8-5) at Chepstow 5f hcp 0-55 (6) gd in Sep.
Almaty Express 12-1 (9-5) Mid-division, ridden over 1f out, soon weakened, 10th of 12, 9l behind Alnoomaas (9-3) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Sep.
Emma Jean (IRE) 33-1 (8-13) Keen in rear, ridden 3f out, never on terms, last of 11, 13l behind Twenty One Choice (9-8) at Wolverhampton 7f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Sep.
Ballarina 9-1 (8-11) Led narrowly, headed inside final 2f, soon ridden, kept on same pace, no impression when lost 3rd final 75 yards, 4th of 13, 2 1/4l behind Middleton Flyer (8-7) at Newcastle 5f hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Sep.
Gran Canaria Queen 8-1 (8-5) Tracked leaders and keen, challenged and every chance over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 2nd of 7, 3 1/2l behind Stir Trader (9-3) at Wolverhampton 6f 3yo mdn auc stks (6) pol in Sep.
Choice Pearl (USA) 3-1 (9-0) Went right and bumped start, headway over 3f out, ridden and hung right over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 4th of 7, 3 1/2l behind Roy's Legacy (9-0) at Kempton 5f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Sep.
Speedyfix 13-2 (9-3) In touch, headway over 1f out, challenging when short of room 1f out, not recover, 7th of 12, 5l behind Sally's Swansong (9-2) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp (6) pol in Sep.