A tricky finale as Salisbury maiden winner Malekov has scope for plenty of improvement. MAASTRICHT is fancied to bounce back to winning ways, however, back over a more suitable trip. He's found 1m4f too sharp in a couple of recent runs having made all over 1m7f at Doncaster last month. Suzi's A Class Act is in good form and may have just found 2m too far again at Chester last time while Miss Topsy Turvy will have needed her run at Thirsk 10 days ago. Unlucky Leicester third Toughness Danon also warrants a mention but the handicapper seems to have Samarkand and Ethics Girl where he wants them and Cockney Sparrow is opposed for the same reason. Blimey O'Riley is better than he's shown so far this year and may be best of the rest.
Samarkand (IRE) 2-1fav (9-9) Held up in rear, pushed along over 4f out, some headway 3f out, one pace and no impression, 5th of 7, 12l behind Red Orator (8-2) at Carlisle 1m 6f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Aug.
Ethics Girl (IRE) 13-2 (9-11) Mid-division, headway on outside 3f out, ridden and effort over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 4th of 10, 6l behind New Youmzain (8-9) at Chester 2m hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Suzi's A Class Act 11-4fav (9-7) Held up towards rear, headway 4f out, chased winner 2f out, soon ridden, kept on same pace, no impression when lost 2nd inside final furlong, 3rd of 10, 5l behind New Youmzain (8-9) at Chester 2m hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Miss Topsy Turvy (IRE) 4-1 (9-3) Always towards rear, 12th of 13, 12l behind Party Line (8-9) at Thirsk 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Maastricht (IRE) 9-2 (9-3) Led 1f, tracked leader, ridden over 2f out, kept on one pace, 4th of 10, 6l behind Refractor (9-6) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Malekov (IRE) 11-4 (9-3) Dwelt, held up last, pushed along 5f out, headway on outside over 3f out, ridden to chase leader 2f out, led narrowly over 1f out, strongly pressed inside final furlong, on top close final strides, won at Salisbury 1m 4f 3yo & 4yo mdn (4) gd beating Harlestone Wood (9-3) by hd, 5 ran.
Toughness Danon 12-1 (9-7) Close up, not clear run and lost place over 3f out, headway when not clear run and switched left over 1f out, ridden and ran on to go 3rd inside final furlong, 3rd of 10, 3 1/2l behind Headline News (8-13) at Leicester 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Blimey O'Riley (IRE) 14-1 (8-11) Always towards rear, never on terms, tailed off, 8th of 10, 34l behind John Louis (9-4) at Newmarket 1m 4f hcp 0-90 (3) hvy in Jul.
Cockney Sparrow 20-1 (8-3) Tracked leaders and keen, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 16, 19l behind Guarantee (9-4) at York 1m 6f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gs in Aug.
Twice Bitten 16-1 (9-7) In rear, ridden 2f out, kept on final furlong, nearest finish, 6th of 10, 7l behind Refractor (9-6) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Adeste 14-1 (9-2) Tracked leader, pushed along 3f out, driven over 3f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 8, 8l behind Saytara (9-1) at Salisbury 1m 4f flls hcp 0-80 (4) gs in Aug.
Cappielow Park 5-6fav (9-0) Dwelt, held up in rear, headway under pressure over 2f out, soon outpaced, stayed on to go modest 3rd inside final furlong, 3rd of 6, 9l behind Emperors Waltz (8-9) at Yarmouth 1m 3f 3yo & 4yo sll (6) sft in Jul.