MINCE continued her good progress with an impressive two length victory in a Listed event at Pontefract three weeks ago. She had Lady Gorgeous well behind and is worth sticking with in her current frame of mind. Inxile is the highest rated in the field and was also winning in Listed company at Tipperary last month. He'll make another bold bid here while a big run is also expected from Blanche Dubawi, who won three times last year and will have come on for her recent reappearance. Pepper Lane came up short in the Beverley Bullet last week having beaten subsequent winner Tax Free and today's rival Secret Witness in the Great St Wilfrid at Ripon earlier and David O'Meara's charge has the beating of Fratellino on that form.
Fratellino 20-1 (8-13) Chased leaders, outpaced and lost place when not much room entering final 2f, rallied over 1f out, strong run inside final furlong, going on close home, 4th of 19, 3/4l behind Tax Free (9-0) at York 5f hcp 105 (2) gf in Aug.
Inxile (IRE) 10-3 (9-5) Soon disputed lead, clear of remainder, reduced lead 1 1/2f out, headed 1f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, dropped to 3rd close home, 3rd of 8, 2 1/2l behind My Girl Anna (9-2) at Curragh 5f Grp 3 (1) sft in Aug.
Secret Witness 66-1 (9-11) Always in rear, 16th of 19, 8l behind Ortensia (9-8) at York 5f Grp 1 (1) gd in Aug.
Free Zone 12-1 (8-13) Behind, headway entering final furlong, ran on, never nearer, 6th of 14, 4l behind Borderlescott (9-0) at Beverley 5f Listed stks 3yo (1) gd.
Samminder (IRE) 16-1 (9-5) Always in rear, 10th of 13, 7l behind Fulbright (9-6) at Newmarket 6f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gf in Jul.
Mince 9-4fav (8-11) With leader, led 4f out, headed over 2f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, kept on well, won at Pontefract 6f fll lst stks (1) gf in Aug beating Ultrasonic (8-11) by 2l, 12 ran.
Blanche Dubawi (IRE) 9-1 (8-9) Dwelt, raced centre, behind, headway over 1f out, never on terms, 6th of 8, 5l behind Hitchens (9-7) at Newmarket 6f Listed stks 3yo (1) gf in Aug.
Colour Of Love (IRE) 9-4 (9-9) Chased leaders, close 4th halfway, traveling well in 3rd 2f out, ridden to lead under 1f out, stayed on well, won at Dundalk 5f 3yo stks pol in Aug beating Farmleigh House (10-0) by 1 1/4l, 6 ran.
Pepper Lane 13-2 (8-9) Outpaced in rear, headway over 1f out, never on terms, 8th of 14, 4 1/2l behind Borderlescott (9-0) at Beverley 5f Listed stks 3yo (1) gd.
Sugar Beet 28-1 (8-5) Outpaced in last pair, headway on outside to 2nd over 1f out, dropped to 3rd final 120 yards, 3rd of 7, 2 1/2l behind Night Carnation (8-10) at Bath 6f cond Stakes (3) gs.
Lady Gorgeous 9-1 (8-11) Tracked leaders, went 3rd 2f out, ridden over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 12, 4l behind Mince (8-11) at Pontefract 6f fll lst stks (1) gf in Aug.