Flying Dragon represents last year’s winning yard, though came up short over track and trip last week, while Image Of The Moon was placed yet again when runner-up at Newbury and headgear is applied. Diviner has yet to win a handicap but went close to doing so when narrowly beaten at Musselburgh recently and is preferred to Stay Forever, who finished a long way behind the winner when second over 7f at Newbury. The Dancing Poet can improve now handicapping but hasn’t raced since March and another handicap debutant in GRAB AND RUN is preferred. The latter was no match for the odds-on Turjomaan at Newcastle last time but this extra distance should suit Richard Fahey’s charge and he gets the vote.
Flying Dragon (FR) 5-1 (9-5) Chased leader, led 2f out, headed over 1f out, stayed on same pace, lost 2 places towards finish, 4th of 7, 2 1/2l behind Eligible (9-10) at Sandown 1m hcp (5) gf in Jul.
Image Of The Moon 7-1 (9-7) Mid-division, headway near side of group under pressure over 2f out, hung left and kept on inside final furlong, went 2nd post, no chance with winner, 2nd of 10, 1 3/4l behind City Wanderer (9-3) at Newbury 1m hcp (5) gs in Jun.
The Dancing Poet 12-1 (9-0) Held up mid-division, headway over 1f out, kept on same pace, 6th of 12, 3 1/4l behind Munhamek (9-0) at Kempton 7f stks (5) pol in Mar.
Grab And Run (IRE) 25-1 (9-1) Tracked leaders, driven 2f out, outpaced when switched right over 1f out, ridden and stayed on to take narrow 3rd towards finish, no impression with winner, 3rd of 7, 2 3/4l behind Turjomaan (9-8) at Newcastle 7f stks (5) pol in Jun.
Toybox 14-1 (8-12) Chased leaders, effort over 2f out, never on terms, 4th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Itizzit (9-5) at Windsor 1m hcp fll (5) gf in Jun.
Diviner (IRE) 9-2 (9-7) Led, shaken up 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on until headed and no extra towards finish, 2nd of 9, 3/4l behind My Ukulele (9-0) at Musselburgh 1m hcp (6) gd in Jul.
Stay Forever (FR) 11-4 (8-12) Very awkwardly away, held up and behind, good headway far side of group halfway, went 2nd over 1f out, no chance with easy winner, 2nd of 5, 6l behind Misu Pete (8-11) at Newbury 7f hcp (5) gs in Jul.
Classic Star 9-2 (9-8) Mid-division, short of room on inside soon after start, headway over 1f out, never on terms, 5th of 14, 5 1/4l behind Lethal Laura (8-7) at Chelmsford City 1m hcp (6) pol in Jul.
Crimson Kiss (IRE) 33-1 (9-0) Held up in last trio, never troubled leaders, 6th of 11, 5 3/4l behind Lady Morpheus (8-4) at Epsom 7f hcp (6) gd in Jul.