Tender The Great is preferred to Snowy Day and Supreme Charter. Tender The Great has been finishing agonisingly close in recent weeks and while her backers have had to have deep pockets, she is at least holding her form and Chris Catlin replaces apprentice handling. Snowy Day was easy to back ahead of a victory at Southwell and will need to improve given that the handicapper has had a say about the merits of the performance. Supreme Charter is out of form although the handicapper delivers some much needed respite. Blinkers are tried for the first time. Tous Les Deux can be expected to be flying at the finish and backers support him in the knowledge that he might not get a run until it is too late. Chia probably ran into a well-handicapped horse over course-and-distance last time out and can be expected to run a decent race here. Tender The Great is given one more chance to end her frustrating barren spell.
Supreme Charter 16-1 (8-12) Led, ridden and headed over 2f out, hung right and weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 8, 6l behind Heathyards Pride (9-9) at W'hampton 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Oct.
King's Ransom 14-1 (9-3) Joined leader after 1f, ridden and weakened over 3f out, last of 8, well behind Press The Button (9-1) at Epsom 1m 1f 3yo hcp (4) gf in Aug.
Kings Heir (IRE) 25-1 (8-6) In touch, ridden edged left 4f out, weakening when carried right over 2f out, 11th of 12, 10l behind Briannsta (9-2) at W'hampton 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Tous Les Deux 7-2 (8-10) Took keen hold towards rear, not clear run over 3f out, headway over 2f out, stayed on same pace final furlong, 3rd of 11, 6l behind Eccollo (8-11) at W'hampton 1m 1f hcp 0-70 (5) pol.
Tender The Great (IRE) 5-2 (8-6) Tracked leader, led over 1f out, ridden, hung left final furlong, headed inside, 2nd of 8, 1 1/2l behind Gaelic Princess (9-5) at W'hampton 1m 1f fll hcp (5) pol.
Chia (IRE) 7-1 (8-13) Chased leader until 5f out, driven to regain 2nd 2f out, edged left over 1f out, led inside final furlong, headed hear finish, 2nd of 12, 1/2l behind Happy as Larry (9-2) at W'hampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Snowy Day (FR) 7-2 (8-13) Tracked leaders, ridden to lead over 1f out, driven out, won at Southwell 7f mdn aut stk (6) fbs in Apr beating Mind Out (8-6) by 2 1/2l, 7 ran.
Blue Beacon 16-1 (9-0) Towards rear, headway over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 3rd of 12, 7l behind Some Diva (9-1) at W'hampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.