SWENDAB has been in cracking form and can shrug off a penalty incurred for winning a slightly better race at Newbury on Sunday. Frankie takes the ride again. Sleepy Blue Ocean is another arriving at the top of his game, winning at Nottingham, Doncaster and Haydock last month. Michael Murphy's claim will help offset the inevitable weight rise while Christine Dunnett's sprinters can never be ignored here and Danzoe has already scored over course and distance this year. The other three may struggle to get involved judged on recent form.
Swendab (IRE) 10-3 (9-1) Led 1f, remained prominent, led again over 1f out, ran on strongly, driven out, won at Newbury 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gd beating Angel Way (8-11) by 3/4l, 8 ran.
Sleepy Blue Ocean 8-1 (9-6) Dwelt in rear, pushed along over 2f out, headway over 1f out, ridden to lead well inside final furlong, won at Haydock 5f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Jul beating Imperial Legend (9-11) by 3/4l, 11 ran.
Battibecco (IRE) 7-2 (9-2) Slowly into stride, held up in last pair, headway and switched left off rails over 2f out, went 3rd and challenge over 1f out, soon driven and outpaced inside final furlong, 3rd of 6, 5l behind Nenge Mboko (8-10) at Windsor 6f sell stks (6) gf in Jul.
Danzoe (IRE) 18-1 (9-12) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, ridden over 2f out, lost place and no impression from over 1f out, 4th of 7, 9l behind Smokethatthunders (9-8) at Yarmouth 5f hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Jul.
Putin (IRE) 66-1 (7-11) Chased leaders, pushed along halfway, weakened 2f out, 17th of 20, 7l behind Tidal's Baby (7-13) at Goodwood 5f hcp 0-90 (3) gs in Jul.
Beauty Pageant (IRE) 11-4fav (9-0) Chased leader, pushed along over 2f out, one pace and no impression, 5th of 9, 4l behind Danzoe (9-4) at Yarmouth 5f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in May.