ASTRA HALL can complete an early double for Ralph Beckett and Richard Hughes despite tackling her elders. She receives weight all round but looked a filly on the upgrade when cosily accounting for Gallipot at Lingfield recently. Viola Da Gamba is another three-year-old filly likely to get involved at the business end if she can handle her first experience of soft ground. Her latest effort when runner-up in a reasonable Windsor contest indicated that she's capable of obliging in ordinary handicap company. Laser Blazer is hard to assess as 13 of 14 runs have come on polytrack and Taste The Wine, one of three Bernard Llewellyn contenders, looks a safer shortlist option.
Tijori (IRE) 13-2 (9-0) Led, headed over 3f out, soon beaten, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 6, 11l behind James Pollard (8-9) at Chepstow 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) hvy in Jun.
Bazart 14-1 (9-2) Prominent, chased leader 4f out, ridden 3f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 6, 25l behind Sam Lord (9-3) at Salisbury 1m 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Jun '09.
Barachiel 5-1 (9-7) Prominent, chased winner over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on and no impression, 2nd of 11, 2 1/4l behind Ela Gonda Mou (9-7) at Nottingham 1m 2f hcp 0-60 (6) gd in Jun.
Taste The Wine (IRE) 11-1 (8-4) Held up, headway over 3f out, outpaced over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 6, 8l behind James Pollard (8-9) at Chepstow 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) hvy in Jun.
David's Folly (IRE) 50-1 (8-7) Tracked leaders, lost place and outpaced over 3f out, 5th of 8, 7l behind Monshak (8-12) at Chepstow 1m 4f fll mdn stks (5) hvy in Jun.
Spinning Waters 8-1 (8-9) Led, headed over 4f out, soon ridden, weakened over 2f out, last of 7, well behind Our Folly (8-13) at Chepstow 2m hcp 0-65 (6) hvy in Jun.
Femme Royale 25-1 (7-9) Tracked leaders in 4th, pushed along over 3f out, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 8, 5l behind Cuckoo Rock (9-1) at Warwick 1m 3f hcp 0-65 (6) sft in Jun.
Astra Hall 4-1 (7-12) Chased leaders, went 2nd entering final 2f, ridden to lead over 1f out, kept on well, won at Lingfield 1m 3f fll hcp (5) gs beating Gallipot (9-0) by 1 1/2l, 10 ran.
Laser Blazer 9-1 (8-12) Mid-division, took keen hold, ridden 2f out, headway over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 4th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Reillys Daughter (8-13) at Kempton 2m hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Jun.
Mustajed 10-1 (10-1) Held up towards rear, ridden over 3f out, stayed on from over 1f out, went 4th inside final furlong, never on terms, 4th of 9, 23l behind Sula Two (10-10) at Newbury 1m 2f am hcp (0-70) (4yo+) (5) gs in Jun.
Viola da Gamba (IRE) 20-1 (8-10) Prominent, ridden and every chance over 1f out, stayed on, held by winner, 2nd of 14, 1 1/4l behind Scarlet Whispers (9-5) at Windsor 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Jun.
Neighbourhood (USA) 20-1 (8-6) Tracked leader, ridden and weakened over 2f out, 9th of 11, 13l behind Ministry (8-13) at Kempton 2m hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Sep.