HIERARCH was returning from a five-month absence when finishing fourth at Yarmouth last month. With that run under his belt and an apprentice taking 3lb off his back, he can reverse latest running with King Columbo and gets a tentative vote. Dangers abound not least Olney Lass, who scored over 7f here in July and Indian Violet, who was runner-up over C&D in the same month with Annes Rocket not far behind in third. Derby Desire has been in better form of late and is not easily dismissed.
Annes Rocket (IRE) 6-1 (9-2) Steadied start, held up in rear, headway towards inside over 1f out, stayed on towards finish, unable to reach winner, 2nd of 13, 1/2l behind Putin (8-11) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Aug.
Indian Violet (IRE) 5-2fav (9-12) Took keen hold, chased leaders, effort in centre over 2f out, 4th and staying on same pace when rider dropped rein briefly over 1f out, 4th of 6, 6l behind Ocean Countess (9-3) at Brighton 1m hcp 0-60 (6) sft in Aug.
Musashi (IRE) 22-1 (9-0) Took keen hold, raced wide in touch, weakened over 2f out, 6th of 7, 12l behind Miami Gator (9-7) at Sandown 1m clm stks (5) gd in Jul.
Hierarch (IRE) 11-4fav (9-12) Held up towards rear, pushed along and headway over 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, 4th of 9, 2 1/4l behind Tinkerbell Will (9-0) at Yarmouth 1m hcp 0-60 (6) gd in Aug.
Olney Lass 10-3 (8-10) Raced wide tracked leader, ridden over 2f out, led 1f out, headed and kept on inside final furlong, 2nd of 6, 1 1/4l behind Crown Ridge (9-0) at Folkestone 7f app hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Aug.
King Columbo (IRE) 9-1 (8-9) Held up in rear, headway when not clear run over 2f out, switched right to chase leaders over 1f out, one pace final furlong, 4th of 12, 6l behind Whodathought (9-10) at Salisbury 1m ladies hcp 0-70 (5) gs in Aug.
Inquisitress 11-1 (8-8) Chased leaders, swiched to stand side over 3f out, every chance over 2f out, kept on under pressure, no chance with winner, 2nd of 8, 3 1/2l behind No Larking (9-3) at Brighton 1m hcp 0-65 (6) sft in Aug.
Derby Desire (IRE) 9-2 (8-0) Raced keenly tracking leaders, every chance well over 1f out, stayed on well closing stages, 3rd of 6, 1l behind Market Puzzle (8-5) at Yarmouth 1m 2f app hcp 0-60 (6) sft in Aug.
Carlcol Girl 100-1 (8-12) Led centre and overall leader, ridden and headed 2f out, soon weakened, 9th of 10, 16l behind Dannios (9-0) at Yarmouth 1m hcp 0-60 (6) gd in Aug.