Colloquial has won twice over C&D, but he's never scored off a mark as high as today's and he's a 10-year-old now. Recent York winner Bow To No One has done all his winning in lower grades and Cunning Act has a 9lb rise to contend with after his latest soft ground victory at Goodwood. With doubts surrounding the likely market leaders, it's worth chancing one at a bigger price so RED KESTREL gets a tentative vote. Kevin Ryan's charge has claims on his third in better company in soft ground over C&D in July and may find the necessary improvement on today's faster surface. Spice Fair looks best of the rest.
Colloquial 14-1 (9-13) Tracked leading trio, headway to track leader over 3f out, driven over 1f out, stayed on to lead close home, won at Ascot 2m hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Jul beating Mountain Hiker (10-0) by 1/2l, 10 ran.
Sunwise (USA) 6-1 (9-11) In touch in 5th, reminders 9f out, weakened over 3f out, tailed off, 9th of 10, 42l behind Colloquial (9-13) at Ascot 2m hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Jul.
Dr Livingstone (IRE) 12-1 (9-9) Held up towards rear, pushed along 5f out, soon strugging, 9th of 11, 10l behind Albert Bridge (8-8) at Newbury 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) gs.
Red Kestrel (USA) 20-1 (9-7) Tracked leader, ridden 3f out, weakened 2f out, 11th of 12, 40l behind Cosimo De Medici (9-1) at Newmarket 1m 7f hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Aug.
Bow To No One (IRE) 8-1 (9-10) Held up in rear, hard ridden and headway over 2f out, soon chasing leaders, stayed on to lead well inside final furlong, all out, won at York 2m hcp 0-85 (4) gd beating Bollin Greta (9-13) by 1/2l, 12 ran.
Cunning Act 5-1 (8-13) Mid-division, good headway over 3f out, led on bit over 1f out, shaken up entering final furlong, soon clear, eased towards finish, won at Goodwood 2m hcp (4) sft beating Galivant (8-5) by 4l, 11 ran.
Spice Fair 5-1 (9-8) Took keen hold in rear, ridden over 2f out, stayed on final furlong, nearest finish, 4th of 8, 9l behind Tameen (8-11) at Goodwood 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) sft.
Thimaar (USA) 16-1 (8-13) Led, ridden and headed 2f out, weakened final furlong, 13th of 15, 11l behind Barbican (9-7) at Ascot 1m 4f Handicap (Heritage) (3yo) (2) gd.
Roberto Pegasus (USA) 6-1 (9-3) Held up, switched to center over 5f out, ridden 4f out, weakened over 2f out, 7th of 8, 49l behind Danvilla (9-3) at Newmarket 2m hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Aug.
Elrasheed 10-1 (8-8) Tracked leader, led approaching final 10f, ridden and headed 2f out, soon no chance with easy winner, weakened to 3rd entering final furlong, 3rd of 9, 9l behind Motivado (9-6) at Haydock 1m 6f 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gf.