DESERTED is the least exposed and should be spot on now after a couple of outings this year. Luca Cumani's filly can find the improvement necessary to get her head in front. Mingun Bell is not out of this dropping down a grade but the winless Running Deer has been raised another 3lb for finishing second at Sandown last time. Qanan and Batgirl are both course winners stepping up in trip and The Ducking Stool makes more appeal as she won over course and distance last month under today's apprentice.
Mingun Bell (USA) 10-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, mid-division, pushed along and headway over 3f out, kept on same pace, 2nd of 12, 4l behind Sofias Number One (8-12) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-85 (4) fbs.
Running Deer (IRE) 7-1 (9-11) Dwelt took keen hold, headway to track leader after 2f, ridden over 2f out, rider dropped whip over 1f out, soon led, pressed inside final furlong, headed towards finish, 2nd of 14, 1l behind Willow Beck (9-11) at Sandown 1m 1f flls hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Jul.
Qanan 7-4fav (10-0) Soon crossed to race alone on stands side rail, in touch, ridden 2f out, closed over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, went 2nd towards finish, no impression on winnner, 2nd of 7, 1 1/4l behind Saigon City (9-1) at Yarmouth 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jul.
Sunnybridge Boy (IRE) 7-1 (10-7) Tracked clear leader, effort over 2f out, soon weakened, 7th of 8, 18l behind Seattle Drive (10-2) at Carlisle 1m 1f ladies clm stks (5) gs.
The Ducking Stool 5-1 (11-3) In rear, ridden 4f out, headway over 2f out, never near leaders, 5th of 9, 12l behind Pivotman (10-10) at Pontefract 1m 2f am hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Batgirl 8-1 (8-11) Raced centre tracked leader, ridden 2f out, kept on one pace final furlong, 3rd of 9, 1 3/4l behind Trucanini (9-6) at Yarmouth 7f flls hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Deserted 4-1 (8-12) Slowly into stride, headway under pressure over 2f out, soon ridden, kept on inside final furlong, nearest finish, 4th of 11, 5l behind Groundbreaking (9-3) at Doncaster 1m 2f 3yo & 4yo mdn (5) gd.
Excellent Puck (IRE) 9-4 (9-0) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, ridden 3f out, soon beaten, one pace, 4th of 6, 8l behind Northern Star (9-0) at Bath 1m 2f 3yo stk 0-75 (6) gd in May.
Strike Force 7-1 (8-11) Held up in last pair, pushed along and outpaced 3f out, never able to get on terms after, last of 6, 6l behind Discay (9-5) at Beverley 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
El Massivo (IRE) 5-1 (9-5) Took keen hold, in touch on outside, ridden 2f out, hung left and weakened over 1f out, 10th of 13, 13l behind Posh Boy (9-2) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp (0-65) (6) pol.