Zhuba attempted to force the pace over 1m2f here last time and it nearly paid off as he was only caught in the closing stages. However, it's likely he'll be taken on for the lead by recent Lingfield runner-up Nullarbor Sky if similar tactics are employed in which case the race could pan out on favour of HERMOSA VAQUERA. The latter disappointed at Brighton last time but it's easy to forgive a poor run at that quirky track and Peter Chapple-Hyam's filly should give a much better account in this. Precision Strike has been given a chance by the handicapper dropped 3lb after a close-up third at Catterick and he's preferred to Helamis, the winner of a seller over course and distance last time.
Zhuba (IRE) 5-1 (8-13) Led after 2f, joined 3f out, ridden over 1f out, headed near finish, 2nd of 9, nk behind Tenor (9-4) at Yarmouth 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jun.
Hermosa Vaquera (IRE) 7-2 (9-4) Chased winner, well final 2f, lost 2nd final 100 yards, 3rd of 8, 9l behind Big Thunder (9-3) at Brighton 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) fm in Jun.
Nullarbor Sky (IRE) 11-4 (9-5) Led for 2f, tracked leader until 7f out, went 2nd again over 5f out, ridden to lead over 2f out, driven and headed over 1f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 2nd of 10, 1 3/4l behind Kastini (9-4) at Lingfield 1m 3f 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) gf.
Entrapping 20-1 (9-5) Steadied start, behind, headway over 1f out, never on terms, 5th of 10, 9l behind Topamichi (9-7) at Lingfield 1m 1f 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) sft in May.
Precision Strike 20-1 (8-3) Steadied start held up in rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, no impression final furlong, 3rd of 6, 1 3/4l behind Gabrial The Duke (8-12) at Catterick 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Helamis 10-11fav (8-9) Led after 2f, ridden over 1f out, stayed on, readily, won at Yarmouth 1m 3f 3yo & 4yo sll (6) gf beating Omega Omega (9-7) by 3l, 5 ran.
Planchette 20-1 (8-3) Held up in rear, ridden and struggling over 3f out, stayed on inside final furlong, never dangerous, 8th of 10, 7l behind Khelac (9-7) at Lingfield 1m 1f 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) gf.
Roy Rocket (FR) 66-1 (9-3) Led until over 4f out, ridden and weakened over 2f out, last of 8, 22l behind Mandy The Nag (8-12) at Southwell 1m 2yo mdn auc stks (5) fbs in Nov.