ABSINTHE can provide a tonic for punters in the opener with Assail and Mefraas feared most. The selection appears to be reasonably treated ahead of his handicap bow on his juvenile form whilst he was entitled to need his run at Windsor which was his first since October. The only horse to come out of that race has since won impressively whilst the fact that Walter Swinburn has a one in four strike rate at the track this year provides another boost. Assail improved for the switch to handicapping when making a winning start but was subsequently held from a 7lb higher mark. He lines up on the same perch but this race is weaker and he may have more to offer. Mefraas has performed consistently since going handicapping but is still without a win; the switch of surface may help as may more positive tactics. Mayolynn's best performance came at this track so she's worth bearing in mind despite some modest runs on grass whilst Navajo Nation went close from a 3lb lower mark and may find more for blinkers. Peter Grimes has an each-way chance with his yard going well with Haafhd Time and Young Dottie others that could challenge for a place but they could struggle to cope with Absinthe.
Assail 9-2 (8-13) Led 1f, chased winner to 4f out, soon pushed along and outpaced, rallied and went 3rd just inside final 2f, closed on runner up towards finish, no chance with winner, 3rd of 12, 4l behind Musleh (9-3) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Aug.
Absinthe (IRE) 12-1 (9-3) Tracked leading trio, went 3rd 3f out, disputing well held 2nd 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 3rd of 5, 9l behind Jesse James (9-3) at Windsor 1m 3yo & 4yo mdn (5) gf in Aug.
Mefraas (IRE) 4-1fav (8-9) Held up towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, edged right and kept on same pace final furlong, 3rd of 9, 3l behind Ethics Girl (8-4) at Sandown 1m 1f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Aug.
Young Dottie 11-1 (8-7) Held up in mid-division, pushed along 3f out, driven on outside 2f out, never going pace to challenge, 5th of 10, 5l behind Resort (9-7) at Windsor 1m flls hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Aug.
Mayolynn (USA) 6-1 (8-12) Tracked winner, ridden over 3f out, lost 2nd well over 2f out, weakening when edged right well over 1f out, 3rd of 5, 13l behind Entreat (8-12) at Folkestone 1m 2f mdn stks (5) gf in Aug.
Navajo Nation (IRE) 2-1fav (9-5) Tracked leader, led narrowly 3f out, kept on well final 2f, driven inside final furlong, caught near line, 2nd of 7, hd behind Mykingdomforahorse (9-5) at Yarmouth 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Aug.
Supernoverre (IRE) 28-1 (9-3) Always in rear, last of 10, 24l behind Ermyn Lodge (8-6) at Sandown 1m 6f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Aug.
Millway Beach (IRE) 12-1 (9-3) Always behind, 11th of 12, 10l behind Love In The Park (9-10) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Jul.
Peter Grimes (IRE) 9-2 (10-3) In touch, driven along from 3f out, kept on under pressure inside final furlong, went 3rd near finish, never near winner, 3rd of 15, 6l behind Recession Proof (10-7) at Newbury 1m 2f am hcp 0-70 (5) gs in Aug.
Foxtrot Charlie 12-1 (8-11) In touch, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 12, 12l behind Gold Express (9-9) at Windsor 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jul.
Haafhd Time (IRE) 13-2 (8-3) Soon tracked leader, led 4f out, driven and headed over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 4th of 10, 5l behind Sweet Hollow (8-8) at Kempton 1m 3f 3yo fll hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Aug.
Dream On Connie 6-1 (9-0) Mid-division, improved to track leaders halfway, ridden over 2f out, edged left and one pace final furlong, 5th of 11, 2 1/4l behind Wilbury Star (9-9) at Salisbury 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Aug.