Thewinningmachine has only been raised a couple of pounds after a narrow win at Brighton but this is a more competitive affair. Arabian Flight is usually thereabouts here and Tatting has claims on his latest course and distance second when he was only beaten a neck. However UNEX MICHELANGELO showed signs of a revival in an amateurs' race at Beverley last Thursday and a repeat of that effort would see him go close in this. Sword Of The Lord is sure to strip fitter for a recent second at Lingfield and is unexposed so may be the biggest danger to the selection ahead of Chepstow runner-up Delightful Sleep.
Delightful Sleep 6-1 (9-6) Chased leaders, driven to challenge over 1f out, soon every chance, kept on same pace final furlong, 2nd of 8, 1/2l behind Tanforan (9-5) at Chepstow 1m ladies hcp 0-70 (5) gd.
Unex Michelangelo (IRE) 9-2 (10-4) Close up, ridden and headway over 1f out, challenged winner inside final furlong, soon edged right and every chance, slightly hampered and held near finish, 2nd of 9, shd behind Silly Billy (9-5) at Beverley 1m am hcp 0-65 (6) gf.
Bajan Story 16-1 (8-13) Mid-division, weakened over 2f out, 7th of 11, 5l behind The Mongoose (9-12) at Lingfield 1m app hcp (6) gf.
Thewinningmachine 8-1 (9-5) Tracked leader, driven to lead over 2f out, hung left under pressure inside final furlong, just held on, all out, won at Brighton 1m 2f hcp 0-55 (6) gf beating Petersboden (8-12) by ns, 8 ran.
Arabian Flight 7-2 (9-6) Held up in mid-division, headway 2f out, ridden and went 2nd inside final furlong, no chance with winner, 2nd of 12, 4l behind Angel Cake (9-5) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp (6) pol in Jul.
Tatting 7-1 (9-3) Mid-division, pushed along halfway, headway to chase leaders over 2f out, ran on inside final furlong, never reached winner, 2nd of 11, nk behind Warden Bond (9-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Loraine 11-4fav (9-3) Held up towards rear, hanging left over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, never on terms, 5th of 10, 6l behind Khelac (9-7) at Lingfield 1m 1f 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Jul.
Mojo Bear 20-1 (8-13) Towards rear, headway over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, no threat, 8th of 13, 3 1/2l behind Bold Ring (9-0) at Kempton 7f flls hcp (0-70) (3yo+) (5) pol in Jul.
Kielty's Folly 33-1 (9-2) Towards rear, not clear run over 2f out, never a factor, 9th of 12, 10l behind The Great Gabrial (9-7) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
De Lesseps (USA) 100-1 (9-0) Held up mid-division, weakened over 2f out, eased 1f out, last of 11, 29l behind Chookie Avon (9-12) at Ayr 7f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Aug '12.
Sword of The Lord 3-1fav (9-5) Hung left throughout, slight lead on rail, driven over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 9, 3/4l behind Little Indian (9-1) at Lingfield 1m 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) fm.
Odd Ball (IRE) 50-1 (9-2) Slowly into stride, always behind, 11th of 13, 21l behind Angel Cake (9-6) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Opus Maximus (IRE) 10-1 (8-9) Held up towards rear, headway over 1f out, never dangerous, 6th of 8, 12l behind Morocco (10-2) at Haydock 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) gd.