POUR LA VICTOIRE scored over track and trip last month and has gone close in both subsequent starts. Tony Carroll's charge has the beating of Thomasina and gets the vote to land this. Lambert Pen has slipped down the weights and will be winning soon judged on his latest placed effort at Salisbury while Sonnetation can be given a chance though she's 7lb higher than when scoring at Bath in July. The remainder are harder to fancy unless Haatefina rediscovers her best.
Haatefina 8-1 (8-11) Slowly into stride, soon mid-division on outside, headway over 3f out, ridden over 2f out, no impression from over 1f out, 6th of 9, 6l behind Calm Attitude (8-11) at Leicester 1m 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) sft in Jul.
Handsome Stranger (IRE) 7-2 (9-0) Slowly into stride, soon pushed along chasing leaders, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 4th of 7, 7l behind McConnell (9-0) at Southwell 1m app hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Aug.
Pour La Victoire (IRE) 5-2fav (8-0) Chased leaders, went 2nd 2f out, ridden and stayed on same pace inside final furlong, lost 2nd close home, 3rd of 14, 3/4l behind Tenbridge (9-5) at Chepstow 7f hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Aug.
Lucilla 16-1 (9-5) Towards rear, never involved, 9th of 12, 11l behind Red Tulip (9-4) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Aug.
Sonnetation (IRE) 9-2 (8-7) Broke smartly tracked leader until over 4f out, led over 2f out, ridden and headed inside final furlong, lost 2nd close home, 3rd of 9, 2 3/4l behind Marju's Quest (9-5) at Yarmouth 1m 1f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Aug.
Lambert Pen (USA) 8-1 (8-2) Held up in rear, headway when not clear run from over 2f out until switched left over 1f out, stayed on to 2nd inside final furlong, no impression on winner, 2nd of 7, 1l behind Lady Sylvia (9-8) at Salisbury 1m all hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Elle Rebelle 20-1 (9-0) Took keen hold, soon chasing leader, every chance 2f out, soon ridden, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 12, 9l behind Red Tulip (9-4) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Aug.
Thomasina 16-1 (8-1) Held up in rear, edged right over 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, nearest finish, 5th of 8, 4 1/2l behind North Pole (9-6) at Brighton 1m 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Aug.
Culture Trip 7-1 (8-11) Took keen hold towards rear, moderate late headway, never involved, 6th of 9, 9l behind Jamaica Grande (9-4) at Kempton 1m 2f stks 0-55 (6) pol.
Polish Rider 18-1 (8-7) Close up, ridden 3f out, kept on same pace, 5th of 13, 6l behind Napinda (9-1) at Brighton 1m hcp 0-55 (6) gf.