Optimum Time got his head in front at Windsor when dropped back to a mile last time while Any Little Rhyme attempts a longer trip having been well beaten in better company at Newmarket. Branscombe has been thereabouts over today’s distance of late but MATCHMAKING shrugged off a penalty to land the odds at Brighton last time and the hat-trick beckons for Sir Mark Prescott’s progressive charge.
Any Little Rhyme 16-1 (8-10) Close up, ridden over 2f out, soon beaten, last of 7, 22 1/4l behind Simply Breathless (9-4) at Newmarket 1m hcp fll (4) gf in Jun.
Branscombe 5-2 (9-5) Steadied in rear, headway over 3f out, every chance over 1f out, soon ridden, not run on, 2nd of 6, 2 1/2l behind Show Of Force (8-13) at Chepstow 1m 2f hcp (5) gf in Jul.
Matchmaking (GER) 2-5fav (9-7) Took keen hold, tracked leader, led over 2f out, headed over 1f out, soon rallied, led again inside final furlong, stayed on well, won at Brighton 1m 2f hcp (5) fm in Jul beating Berkshire Spirit (9-7) by hd, 3 ran.
Optimum Time (IRE) 14-1 (8-10) Raced keenly, headway to lead 7f out, made rest, kept to near side rail in straight, ridden over 1f out, edged left towards finish, kept on well, won at Windsor 1m hcp (5) gf in Jul beating Glorious Army (9-4) by 1 1/4l, 7 ran.