Jeremy Gask's runners both have claims with Never A Quarrel open to improvement on her handicap bow and Exkaliber expected to have come on for his recent reappearance at Southwell. But MEGALEKA may just edge this as she scored at Nottingham last month and went close on this surface before that. Course and distance winner Little Eli may figure and Sabrina's Secret posted her best effort so far at this track in July.
Never A Quarrel (IRE) 33-1 (8-11) Took keen hold, chased leader, ridden and every chance when carried right and edged right entering final furlong, no extra inside final furlong, 3rd of 7, 1 1/2l behind Emjayem (9-5) at Windsor 5f 3yo & 4yo mdn (5) gf in Aug.
Sabrina's Secret 9-2 (8-13) Slowly into stride, mid-division, outpaced over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 9, 12l behind Lucky Lodge (8-10) at Newcastle 5f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gs in Aug.
Megaleka 5-1 (8-13) Towards rear, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace, 5th of 10, 6l behind Captain Royale (9-7) at Catterick 5f hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Aug.
Little Eli 7-1 (8-9) With leaders, ridden and every chance over 1f out until inside final furlong, no extra final 110 yards, 7th of 9, 4 1/2l behind Lucky Lodge (8-10) at Newcastle 5f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gs in Aug.
Marvelino 16-1 (9-7) Chased leaders in 3rd, ridden over 1f out, soon weakened, last of 11, 13l behind Marmalady (9-7) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Aug.
Sarah Berry 13-2 (9-7) Close up, ridden and headway 2f out, keeping on one pace when slightly hampered and switched left inside final furlong, 3rd of 13, 2 1/2l behind Beach Rhythm (8-9) at Southwell 5f hcp (6) fbs in Aug.
Exkaliber 9-2fav (8-9) Raced on outer, close up, headway 2f out, ridden and edged right when pressing winner approaching final furlong, no impression near finish, 2nd of 13, 3/4l behind Beach Rhythm (8-9) at Southwell 5f hcp (6) fbs in Aug.
Magic Ice 12-1 (8-4) Led 1f, tracked leader, ridden and lost place over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 8th of 10, 18l behind Dream Ally (9-3) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp (0-65) (6) pol.
Running Water 100-1 (8-0) Pressed winner, ridden halfway, kept on one pace, 3rd of 4, 3 1/2l behind Last Sovereign (9-2) at Hamilton 5f clm stks (6) gf in Aug.
Mr Snooks 33-1 (8-5) Mid-division, ridden and headway over 1f out, stayed on towards finish, 3rd of 12, 1l behind Captain Royale (9-12) at Musselburgh 5f hcp 0-65 (6) gf.