GASSIN, La Gifted and Safari Guide make most appeal and the vote goes to Gassin. Michael Bell has been in decent form this month and Gassin can provide him with another winner. This 3-year-old won well last weekend at Wolverhampton when he got the better of Kersivay in a tight finish. He was good value for the winning margin that day as he idled a bit in the closing stages after being in front for a long way. The visor had a positive effect so it is no surprise to see it applied again here. Hayley Turner is riding very well at present and she can steer him to another victory. Mick Channon sends La Gifted to post and she has to be a contender as she has won her last three races. She is clearly in good heart but she has more on her plate today and she may have to play second fiddle to our selection. Safari Guide ran well over this course and distance back in July but he disappointed at Folkestone last time and the return to this venue will have to spark him back into life if he is to score. Russian Rave should be suited by this drop back to 7f and she does tend to produce her best form on the all-weather. She can go well at a price, but the vote goes to Gassin.
Gassin 25-1 (9-1) Soon in touch, headway to lead well over 1f out, soon clear, carried head high, driven out, won at Wolverhampton 7f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) pol beating Kersivay (9-4) by 3/4l, 12 ran.
Russian Rave 14-1 (9-6) In touch, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 13, 5l behind Turning Top (9-11) at Windsor 1m flls hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Aug.
Safari Guide 15-2 (9-2) In touch, ridden 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 4th of 7, 7l behind My Best Bet (8-12) at Folkestone 7f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Aug.
Amber Sunset 14-1 (9-3) Soon led, ridden and headed well over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 9th of 12, 10l behind Gassin (9-1) at Wolverhampton 7f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) pol.
Shadow Bay (IRE) 33-1 (9-3) Towards rear, soon pushed along, ridden and headway over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 8, 2 3/4l behind Ginobili (9-1) at Kempton 6f clm stks (6) pol in Sep.
Finnegan McCool 16-1 (8-11) Chased winner until ridden over 2f out and soon weakened, last of 10, 23l behind We Have A Dream (9-4) at Goodwood 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Sep.
La Gifted 11-1 (9-1) Tracked leaders, ridden and went 2nd over 1fout, stayed on well under pressure inside final furlong, lead near finish, won at Catterick 7f hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Sep beating Nufoudh (8-12) by 1/2l, 13 ran.
Hatman Jack (IRE) 11-2 (8-8) Led, ridden over 1f out, kept on until headed, no extra well inside final furlong, 5th of 11, 4l behind Timeless Dream (8-12) at Lingfield 6f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Sep.
King of Defence 7-1 (9-1) Slowly into stride, towards rear, never dangerous, 10th of 16, 8l behind Secret Hero (9-1) at Salisbury 7f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jun.
Sienna Lake (IRE) 16-1 (8-6) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, soon hanging right and beaten, 9th of 11, 12l behind Riflessione (8-13) at Kempton 6f 2yo clm stks (6) pol in Oct '08.
Badtanman 80-1 (8-2) Went right start and slowly away, soon given reminders, always in rear, 11th of 12, 15l behind Captain Royale (8-1) at Hamilton 5f hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Sep.