Geranium won at Sandown last month and should go well again while Detachment has been thereabouts of late after slipping down the weights. The same comment applies to Elhafei, placed on his last couple of outings, but DELPH CRESCENT is preferred. The latter is also looking to take advantage of a slide down the handicap having won off an 8lb higher mark last season and Richard Fahey’s charge gets the vote having finished closer at Ripon on his latest start. Bhodi was due to run at Newmarket yesterday but has a bit to prove over this far if taking part.
Detachment 4-1 (9-8) Towards rear, headway over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, went 3rd close home, 3rd of 7, 2 1/2l behind King's Pavilion (10-4) at Beverley 1m hcp (4) gd in Jul.
Kaser (IRE) 40-1 (9-11) Mid-division, effort over 2f out, soon weakened, 7th of 9, 18 3/4l behind Distant Chimes (9-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp (4) pol in Jul.
Elhafei (USA) 8-1 (9-11) Tracked clear leading pair, closed 4f out, every chance 2f out, ridden to lead approaching final furlong, headed inside final furlong, lost 2nd close home, 3rd of 6, 1 1/4l behind Knowing (9-2) at Yarmouth 1m 2f hcp (5) gf in Jul.
Archippos 8-1 (9-0) Mid-division, headway to chase leaders over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 4th of 9, 4 1/2l behind Follow Intello (9-0) at Haydock 1m 6f hcp (4) gs in Jul.
Delph Crescent (IRE) 14-1 (9-1) Prominent, led approaching 2f out, ridden and headed approaching final furlong, kept on one pace, 4th of 10, 3 1/4l behind Southern Rock (9-6) at Ripon 1m 2f hcp (4) gs in Aug.
Bhodi (IRE) 33-1 (9-11) Slowly into stride, held up behind, driven and headway 2f out, ridden over 1f out, stayed on into 3rd well inside final furlong, no impression, 3rd of 12, 3 1/2l behind Baashiq (9-10) at Kempton 1m hcp (6) pol in Aug.
Tommy Hallinan (IRE) 50-1 (8-13) Raced keenly, led until over 2f out, weakened quickly inside final 2f, last of 13, 15 3/4l behind Elixsoft (8-11) at Newcastle 1m hcp (5) pol in Mar.
Geranium 6-1 (9-2) Led early, tracked leader, ridden and every chance from over 1f out, led towards finish, won at Sandown 1m 2f hcp (5) gd in Jul beating Broad Appeal (9-6) by nk, 9 ran.