LONDON STRIPE is taken to land the spoils at the expense of En Fuego and Mass Rally. The Rock Of Gibraltar colt was easy to back on debut at Newbury but he acquitted himself well and with two smart colts in Dancing David and Tamaathul going on to frank the form; we are hopeful that he can improve again. En Fuego looked badly in need of the race on debut at Newmarket and this son of Firebreak will be winning soon. Mass Rally has plenty of experience to fall back on. Having ran with credit in a Newmarket maiden, he was a little disappointing at Lingfield. Notice Given is eligible for handicaps and this race looks tougher than the Yarmouth maiden he recently took part in. Swift Return probably did not stay a mile at Kempton and with a rating of 78 should give a fair idea as to the validity of the form. Seamster has not been seen out since July so it may be wise to forgive him a pitiful effort over course and distance. Lileo and Bondage both boast pedigrees that suggest we will be seeing the better of them next season. That said, if there is any money for them it would be folly to ignore it. Enough was thought of of London Stripe to take in a much stronger maiden at Newbury and we take the hint that he can deliver here.
Bondage (IRE) Whipper gelding out of Shamah.
En Fuego 20-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, in rear, pushed along halfway, never near leaders, 7th of 10, 10l behind Inler (9-3) at Newmarket 6f 2yo mdn (4) gd.
Lileo (IRE) Galileo colt out of Jabali.
London Stripe (IRE) 9-1 (9-3) Chased leaders in centre, pushed along 2f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 5th of 16, 6l behind Dancing David (9-3) at Newbury 1m 2yo mdn (4) gd.
Mass Rally (IRE) 3-1fav (9-3) Chased leaders, ridden and edged left over 1f out, went 2nd entering final 1f, no impression on winner, 2nd of 13, 2 1/4l behind Meezaan (9-3) at Lingfield 7f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol.
Notice Given 4-1 (9-3) Dwelt, held up in touch, headway over 2f out, chased winner 2f out, no impression final furlong, 2nd of 7, 5l behind Ongoodform (9-3) at Yarmouth 6f 2yo mdn (5) gf in Sep.
Seamster 9-2 (9-3) Behind, pushed along 3f out, never dangerous, 7th of 10, 23l behind Nideeb (9-3) at Yarmouth 7f 2yo mdn (5) sft in Jul.
Swift Return 4-1 (9-3) Led for 1f, chased leaders, chased winner over 1f out until inside final furlong, kept on, 3rd of 13, 2 1/4l behind Natural Law (9-3) at Kempton 1m 2yo mdn auc stks (6) pol in Sep.
Astrovenus 100-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, in rear, ran green and weakened over 2F out, 9th of 12, 15l behind Decorative (9-0) at Yarmouth 6f 2yo stks (5) gf in Aug.
Dovedon Diva 150-1 (8-12) Slow into stride, in rear, ran very wide bend over 4f out, soon pulled up, in a race won by Saboteur (9-3) at Nottingham 1m 2yo mdn (5) sft, 17 ran.
Eye Of Eternity Oratorio filly out of Eyeq.
No Complaining (IRE) 40-1 (8-12) Always behind, last of 12, 26l behind Dafeef (9-3) at Newmarket 6f 2yo mdn (4) gd in Aug.