David Simcock's Pintura is a confirmed performer under testing conditions and has every chance of winning again but the son of Efisio has harshly gone up 6lb for his win on heavy ground at Epsom recently and this looks tougher so he may have to settle for minor honours. At the top end of the handicap, Kiwi Bay and Charlie Cool are closely matched on their running at Redcar earlier this month and both have to be considered as does Bonnie Charlie, who represents the very much in-form yard of William Haggas. Tim Easterby's Medici Pearl should be thereabouts at the finish with ground conditions to suit but it is GUNNER LINDLEY that gets the vote. Barry Hills has his team in good order right now and the Medicean colt looks worth siding with having run his best race for some time when beaten by the narrowest of margins on soft ground at Newmarket last month so he has a solid chance off just a 2lb higher mark today.
Layali Al Andalus 20-1 (8-6) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, edged left over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 5, 6l behind Tazeez (8-11) at Newbury 1m 1f cond Stakes (3) gf in Sep.
Balcarce Nov (ARG) 5-1 (9-7) Dwelt, held up towards rear, effort over 1f out, soon weakened and eased, last of 10, 10l behind Tiger Reigns (9-5) at Ayr 1m hcp 105 (2) gd in Sep.
Kiwi Bay 5-1fav (9-10) Held up in rear, ridden and headway over 2f out, hard ridden inside final furlong, led towards finish, held on well, won at Redcar 1m hcap (2) gs beating Charlie Cool (9-9) by 1/2l, 10 ran.
Charlie Cool 10-1 (9-9) Held up towards rear, headway 3f out, led 2f out, soon ridden, kept on and headed towards finish, 2nd of 10, 1/2l behind Kiwi Bay (9-10) at Redcar 1m hcap (2) gs.
Mont Agel 33-1 (8-7) Held up in 5th, ridden 3f out, edged right and no chance with leaders over 1f out, 6th of 7, 12l behind Red Badge (8-7) at Goodwood 1m 2f Grp 3 (1) gs in Sep.
Smarty Socks (IRE) 3-1 (9-9) Held up towards rear, ridden and headway well over 1f out, every chance inside final furlong, no extra towards finish, 2nd of 9, 3/4l behind Dhaular Dhar (8-11) at Musselburgh 1m 1f hcp 0-100 (2) gf in Sep.
Osteopathic Remedy (IRE) 9-1 (9-0) Raced keen early, with leaders on outer, led 3f out, headed over 1f out, soon ridden, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 10, 4 1/2l behind Tiger Reigns (9-5) at Ayr 1m hcp 105 (2) gd in Sep.
City of The Kings (IRE) 20-1 (9-5) Always in rear, never a factor, 16th of 18, 13l behind Osteopathic Remedy (9-2) at Ripon 1m hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Aug.
Pallantes Cross 50-1 (9-4) Led center group until 7f out, tracked leader, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 10th of 14, 15l behind Spoken (9-1) at Newmarket 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Sep.
Bonnie Charlie 33-1 (8-13) Raced alone on stands' rail, on terms until ridden 2f out, soon hung right and weakened, 26th of 28, 35l behind Redford (9-7) at Ascot 7f hcp (2) gs in Sep.
Extraterrestrial 15-2 (8-13) Held up towards rear, effort over 1f out, never dangerous, 9th of 10, 7l behind Tiger Reigns (9-5) at Ayr 1m hcp 105 (2) gd in Sep.
Silver Rime (FR) 17-2 (9-10) Held up, ridden over 2f out, headway over 1f out, stayed on final furlong, 5th of 11, 6l behind Jeannie Galloway (8-9) at Musselburgh 7f hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Aug.
Medici Pearl 12-1 (9-7) Held up mid-division, not much room on inside over 4f out, ridden well over 2f out, switched right over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 4th of 11, 1 1/4l behind Captain Dancer (8-11) at Haydock 1m hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Sep.
Sunnyside Tom (IRE) 7-4fav (9-7) With leader, led after about 3f, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra, 4th of 12, 3 1/2l behind Fremen (9-3) at Redcar 1m clm stks (4) gf in Sep.
Caldercruix (USA) 5-1fav (9-8) Held up mid-division, weakened over 3f out, eased 2f out, tailed off, last of 10, well behind Kiwi Bay (9-10) at Redcar 1m hcap (2) gs.
Dubai Dynamo 7-2 (9-8) Held up behind, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, no impression, 6th of 10, 5l behind Samarinda (9-0) at Wolverhampton 7f clm stks (5) pol.
Brick Red 3-1fav (8-11) Awkward leaving stalls, soon tracked leaders, 2nd going well over 2f out, led over 1f out, hard driven and pressed well inside final furlong, held on all out, won at Ascot 1m hcp 0-100 (2) gs in Sep beating South Cape (9-0) by hd, 13 ran.
Gunner Lindley (IRE) 14-1 (9-2) Led, ridden and joined over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, rallied near finish, 2nd of 15, ns behind Dance And Dance (9-10) at Newmarket 1m hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Sep.
Autumn Riches 22-1 (9-2) In touch, pushed along 3f out, weakened inside final 2f, 9th of 16, 9l behind Conduct (9-0) at Newbury 1m 2f hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Sep.
Pintura 5-2fav (8-11) Held up in touch, headway over 4f out, soon driven to challenge, led over 2f out, ridden clear approaching final furlong, stayed on gamely, won at Epsom Downs 1m 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) hvy beating Guest Book (9-2) by 3/4l, 7 ran.