SHANDELIGHT is fancied to win again at the main expense of fellow recent winners Dazzling Begum and Mekong Miss. Some in-form contenders here including the selection who was a fairly comfortable winner here earlier in the month. She shapes as if this longer trip will be within her range and can win again despite this 7lb higher mark. Mekong Miss has just a 2lb rise to contend with following her win here last time, Dazzling Begum could similarly be well-treated under a 2lb rise for her win and she is a proven stayer, whilst They All Laughed and Lisbon Lion don't have much to find with Dazzling Begum having finished third and fourth respectively last time out. Fine Tolerance is a course winner and shapes like this trip will suit, Supernoverre is starting to look well-handicapped, whilst Swords should come on for a recent spin at Southwell. At a price the dual-performer Dantari needs close inspection in the betting as he was in good form over hurdles when last seen, however with this likely to be a pipe-opener for a return to timber, he is passed over in favour of Shandelight.
Smarties Party 14-1 (9-6) Held up in mid-division, pushed along and headway over 2f out, went 3rd approaching final furlong, nearest finish, 3rd of 12, 5l behind King Red (9-11) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f mdn stks (5) pol in Nov.
Dantari (IRE) 3-1fav (9-13) Led early, soon pressing leader shortly after, led 5f out, ridden 4f out, headed well over 2f out, soon weakened, 6th of 10, 23l behind Black Or Red (9-7) at Ffos Las 2m hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Jul.
Shandelight (IRE) 9-2 (8-6) Chased leaders, ridden inside final furlong, kept on to lead towards finish, won at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp (0-55) (6) pol beating Colonel Sherman (9-0) by 1l, 12 ran.
Paint The Town Red 13-2 (8-10) Dwelt, soon in touch, improved to lead after 4f, headed narrowly over 3f out, ridden and every chance 2f out, no extra final furlong, 6th of 8, 4l behind Augustus John (9-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Jan.
Swords 6-1 (9-1) Held up in touch, headway to dispute 3rd over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 4th of 6, 7l behind Tyrana (9-3) at Southwell 1m 4f hcp 0-65 (6) fbs.
They All Laughed 6-1 (9-0) Held up, ridden over 3f out, headway over 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 12, 3/4l behind Dazzling Begum (8-11) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp (0-55) (6) pol.
Mekong Miss 18-1 (8-10) Prominent, chased leader over 6f out, led well over 3f out, pushed clear well over 1f out, edged right over 1f out, pushed out final furlong, won at Wolverhampton 1m 4f app hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Jan beating Spring Hawk (8-11) by 1/2l, 12 ran.
Lisbon Lion (IRE) 50-1 (9-0) In rear, headway over 2f out, kept on, 4th of 12, 1 1/2l behind Dazzling Begum (8-11) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp (0-55) (6) pol.
Fine Tolerance 7-1 (8-13) Held up in rear, came wide into straight, good headway on outside over 1f out, stayed on under pressure to take 2nd near finish, 2nd of 13, nk behind Playful Asset (8-13) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Jan.
Dazzling Begum 11-2 (8-11) Chased leaders, led over 1f out,edged right entering final furlong, driven out, won at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp (0-55) (6) pol beating Valkyrie (8-4) by nk, 12 ran.
Royal Rainbow 8-1 (9-5) Led after 2f and set modest pace, headed when pace lifted over 4f out, weakened final furlong, last of 9, 9l behind Sir Sandicliffe (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f app hcp 0-60 (6) std.
Supernoverre (IRE) 9-2fav (8-11) Held up towards rear, switched left to outside over 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, not reached leaders, 6th of 14, 5l behind Slick Mover (9-4) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Jan.
Treeko (IRE) 40-1 (9-6) Held up towards rear, weakened over 2f out, 5th of 12, 21l behind Sinbad The Sailor (9-4) at Wolverhampton 2m hcp 0-60 (6) pol.