Things clearly haven't gone to plan with Synergise and having realised a cool 100,000 guineas as a yearling, he makes a belated track debut for Roger Varian having already been gelded. Country Drive has a belated seasonal reappearance and Ed Dunlop's filly certainly caught the eye in a maiden at Newbury last term, but the match fitness of BOLD SPIRIT will count for plenty and we will side with him here. Richard Hannon's gelding was disappointing at Kempton last month though the form of his second at Windsor given a boost by the winner earlier this week, and on that evidence, it will require a smart performance to beat him tonight. Mad Endeavour was turned over in a weak Chepstow maiden but he's Stuart Kittow's only runner at the meeting and with Paul Hanagan booked, connections evidently fancy their chances of an upset.
Bond Empire 16-1 (9-12) Slowly into stride, in rear, ridden 3f out, never near leaders, last of 8, 23l behind Makhfar (9-5) at Doncaster 6f mdn stks (5) gf in Jun.
Katie Taylor (IRE) Acclamation filly out of Monaazalah.
Bold Spirit 5-1 (9-5) Took keen hold, tracked leaders, pushed along and unable to quicken on outside 2f out, soon beaten, 5th of 10, 7l behind Johara (9-7) at Kempton 6f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jun.
Mad Endeavour 12-1 (9-3) Close up, every chance 2f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 3rd of 10, 3l behind Hoy Hoy (9-3) at Chepstow 7f mdn auc stks (6) gf.
Synergise Danehill Dancer gelding out of Splashdown.
Tiger Heights 100-1 (9-5) Outpaced and always in rear, tailed off, 9th of 11, 29l behind Secret Hint (9-0) at Doncaster 6f mdn stks (4) gd.
Asha 66-1 (8-12) Slowly away in rear, never on terms, 10th of 13, 20l behind Bold Captain (9-3) at Ripon 1m mdn stks (5) gd.
Country Drive (USA) 20-1 (9-0) Steadied start, mid-division, headway over 1f out, stayed on well, never nearer, 5th of 14, 3 1/2l behind Lightning Thunder (9-0) at Newbury 6f mdn (4) gd in Aug.
Inflection (IRE) 50-1 (8-7) Slowly into stride, held up in last pair, steady headway on outside over 2f out, kept on steadily for hands and heels inside final furlong and closed on 3rd, 4th of 14, 7l behind Knavery (9-3) at Kempton 7f mdn stks (5) pol in May.
Norfolk Sound 20-1 (8-12) Held up in rear, headway to chase leaders over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 7, 10l behind Betty Bere (8-12) at Nottingham 1m mdn auc stks (6) gf in Jun.
Man Of Music Piccolo colt out of Blue Goddess.