MINCE won last year's inaugural running and showed signs of a resurgence when third in Group 3 sprint at Sandown last time. A first-time visor is applied and she looks to have every chance if back to her best getting plenty of weight from Hitchens. The latter scored at Chester last month and should be in the mix with a similar effort while Ladies Are Forever is also a leading contender having won a Group 3 sprint here in July. Nocturn put a poor effort in the Wokingham behind him when going close at Newmarket last time though he needs to turn the tables with Mass Rally on running at this track earlier in the year. Smoothtalkinrascal, who won a conditions race over 5f here back in May, will be hoping the forecast rain gets into the ground.
Hitchens (IRE) 17-2 (9-7) In touch towards rear, good headway over 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, effort on inner entering final furlong, driven and stayed on to lead final strides, won at Chester 6f Listed stks 3yo (1) gd in Aug beating Intransigent (9-0) by 1/2l, 10 ran.
Ladies Are Forever 28-1 (9-8) Chased leaders, ridden and kept on underr pressure final furlong, 7th of 17, 3l behind Jwala (9-8) at York 5f Grp 1 (1) gs in Aug.
Lightning Cloud (IRE) 9-2 (9-0) Led, driven and headed over 2f out, weakened 1f out, 5th of 6, 11l behind Sirius Prospect (9-0) at York 7f Listed stks 3yo (1) sft in Aug.
Mass Rally (IRE) 14-1 (9-7) Chased leaders and 5th halfway, ridden in 4th 1 1/2f out but no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 7, 6l behind Slade Power (9-10) at Curragh 6f Grp 3 gd in Aug.
Mirza (9-5) 5th of 15, 1l behind Riskit Fora Biskit (8-8) at Deauville(FR) 5f Listed stks (1) sft in Aug.
Nocturn 7-1 (9-0) Raced freely and wide of pack, in touch, headway over 1f out, soon every chance, stayed on same pace final furlong, 2nd of 7, 1l behind Tropics (9-0) at Newmarket 6f Listed stks 3yo (1) gs in Aug.
Royal Rock 10-1 (8-13) Held up in last pair, headway 2f out, ridden to chase leaders over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, went 3rd towards finish, no impression, 3rd of 7, 1 1/2l behind Taayel (8-9) at Doncaster 6f cond Stakes (3) gd in Aug.
Smoothtalkinrascal (IRE) 8-1 (8-12) Dwelt, always behind, 16th of 17, 9l behind Moviesta (8-12) at Goodwood 5f Grp 2 (1) gd in Aug.
Superboot (IRE) 1-3fav (9-5) Steadied start, keen in touch in rear, ridden and headway to chase leading pair over 1f out, kept on near finish, not trouble leaders, 3rd of 5, 1l behind Honeymoon Express (8-7) at Yarmouth 6f 3yo mdn aut (6) gf in Aug.
Hallelujah 15-8fav (8-12) Held up in touch, pushed along over 3f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 3rd of 7, 2 3/4l behind City Girl (8-8) at Newmarket 6f flls cond stks (3) gd in Jun.
Mince 5-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, recovered to chase leader after 1f, led over 2f out, headed inside final furlong, soon pushed left, no impression when lost 2nd close home, 3rd of 7, 1 1/4l behind Tickled Pink (9-4) at Sandown 5f Grp 3 (1) gf in Jul.
Baileys Jubilee 16-1 (8-7) In touch, weakened over 1f out, 14th of 15, 25l behind Stepper Point (9-0) at Beverley 5f Listed stks 3yo (1) gf in Aug.