A competitive claimer where STAR LINKS is given another chance and is taken to overturn last week's Ascot form with Roar Of Applause. The selection had a much lower draw than Roar Of Applause in a big field handicap over Ascot's straight mile and was clearly at a disadvantage. Heavily eased when beaten, Richard Hannon's charge had previously showed stronger form than his leading challenger here and with conditions, trip and the weights all in his favour he can return to winning ways. Roar Of Applause also acts on this surface and should remain very competitive. Another fast ground performer is All About You, although so far the colt has looked more like the sprinter his father was, rather than the milers on his dam's side and he may struggle to see out this hill today. The same comment applies to Tim Easterby's Helieorbea, who will at least act on the going, and Bea Menace might be a better proposition as one who is bred to get further and has conditions to suit. She doesn't have too much to find at the weights and go make the frame here, but we'll take Star Links to score.
Roar of Applause 9-2 (8-8) Hampered start, held up behind, smooth headway over 2f out, shaken up to lead entering final furlong, soon ridden, driven out towards finish, won at Epsom Downs 1m 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gf beating Sovereign Remedy (9-1) by 1 3/4l, 7 ran.
Helieorbea 18-1 (8-8) Slowly into stride, behind, never on terms, 6th of 11, 11l behind Mcconnell (9-1) at Southwell 1m fll hcp (4) fbs in Sep.
Pyrus Time (IRE) 10-1 (9-0) Steadied start, held up in rear, steady headway from over 3f out, ridden to challenge winner over 1f out, not run on inside final furlong, 2nd of 7, 1 1/4l behind Buddhist Monk (9-10) at Haydock 1m 2f 3yo & 4yo sll (4) gf in Sep.
All About You (IRE) 12-1 (9-2) Led, ridden 2f out, soon headed, stayed challenging until not quicken well inside final furlong, 4th of 14, 3/4l behind Santefisio (9-5) at Newbury 7f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Sep.
Bea Menace (USA) 9-4fav (9-3) Led, ridden 2f out, headed inside final furlong, soon weakened, 3rd of 7, 6l behind She's In The Money (8-8) at Newcastle 7f 3yo fll hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Aug.
Star Links (USA) 16-1 (9-2) Held up in rear, some moderate late headway, never a factor, 11th of 17, 16l behind Glowing Praise (8-13) at Ascot 1m 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Sep.
Charismatic Lady 16-1 (9-4) Behind, staying on same pace and no chance when not clear run towards far rail over 1f out, 10th of 15, 9l behind Ocean Countess (8-12) at Brighton 7f hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Sep.
Digger Derek (IRE) 13-2 (8-8) In rear, headway on inside over 1f out, stayed on, 4th of 14, 3l behind Pokfulham (8-1) at Ayr 1m 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Sep.