led and raced alone on near side rail, hung left from 2f out, headed over 1f out, soon not much room and switched left, hung left under pressure inside final furlong, one pace, held on for 2nd
started very slowly, well behind in centre, in touch in rear halfway, switched to near side chasing leaders 2f out, not clear run and switched left over 1f out, rider dropped whip inside final furlong, ran on towards finish but not recover
A competitive little heat in which all command respect but MISSISSIPPI has returned to action in good heart after nearly a year off and should be spot-on after a couple of promising runs. He's unlucky not to have more than a single success to his name, having performed with credit in competitive sprint handicaps on many an occasion in the past two or three seasons and is preferred to sole 3-y-o Tanzeel. The latter could well emerge as a major improver after just four career starts and did well to run Ex Ex to a head on reappearance last month after not settling as well as he might. He rates a real threat to the selection with the game and consistent Tagula Night, unlucky when hampered at Sandown last time, completing the shortlist in a sparky sprint.
Peace Seeker 8-1 (9-6) Chased leaders, driven 2f out, ridden over 1f out, stayed on same pace final furlong, never on terms, 4th of 9, 2 1/2l behind Asian Trader (8-5) at Nottingham 5f hcp 0-95 (3) gs in Jun.
Picture Dealer 16-1 (9-10) Mid-division, not much room 2f out, soon ridden, edged right over 1f out, no impression, 9th of 15, 6l behind Shore Step (9-9) at Ascot 6f hcp 0-90 (3) gf.
Mississippi 15-2 (9-2) Mid-division, ridden to chase leaders inside final 2f, kept on same pace inside final furlong, no impression, 4th of 12, 4l behind Tatlisu (8-11) at Newcastle 6f hcp 0-100 (2) gf in Jun.
Tanzeel (IRE) 9-4fav (9-7) Raced centre, slowly into stride, took keen hold in touch, every chance inside final furlong, just failed, 2nd of 7, hd behind Ex Ex (9-7) at Newmarket 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jun.
Green Monkey 11-2 (9-9) Behind, outpaced over 2f out, never dangerous, last of 12, 22l behind Greeb (9-4) at Doncaster 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jun.
Tagula Night (IRE) 5-1fav (8-13) Towards rear, slightly outpaced 2f out, short of room over 1f out, switched left and ran on final furlong, nearest finish, 8th of 15, 2l behind Milly's Gift (9-2) at Sandown 5f hcp 0-95 (3) gd.