It was testing ground when UNCLE DERMOT bounced back to form at Salisbury last week. Most of today's penalty is negated by an apprentice's claim and given he scored by four lengths last time, he looks to have a leading chance in this. Saint Irene has been in fine form on faster ground though she looks high enough in the weights now while Kavachi was placed over a longer trip off a higher mark here in August and he could figure. Byrd In Hand is a course winner and another to consider off his current mark.
Uncle Dermot (IRE) 16-1 (9-2) Held up in mid-division, not much room and lost place halfway, headway 3f out, chased leaders over 2f out, driven to lead over 1f out, came clear inside final furlong, won at Salisbury 1m hcp 0-65 (6) sft beating Alshazah (8-11) by 4 1/2l, 15 ran.
Hereford Boy 33-1 (9-6) Steadied start, held up in rear, headway on outside over 2f out, ridden and hung right inside final 2f, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 15, 12l behind Uncle Dermot (9-2) at Salisbury 1m hcp 0-65 (6) sft.
Daffydowndilly 3-1 (9-10) Slowly into stride, soon chasing leaders on outside, pushed along over 3f out, entering final 2f, 6th of 7, 21l behind Light Burst (9-12) at Brighton 1m hcp 0-65 (6) fm in Sep.
Khajaaly (IRE) 28-1 (9-5) Slowly into stride, mid-division, headway 4f out, weakened over 1f out, 10th of 12, 16l behind Majuro (9-6) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Sep.
Katmai River (IRE) 6-1 (9-8) In rear, ridden over 2f out, never on terms, 8th of 10, 15l behind Light Burst (9-6) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Sep.
Flavius Victor (IRE) 6-1 (9-3) Prominent, ridden 2f out, stayed on same pace from over 1f out, 5th of 13, 4l behind Sword In Hand (8-12) at Kempton 1m mdn auc stks (5) pol in Sep.
Salient 16-1 (8-6) Steadied start, took keen hold, held up in 4th, effort on outside 3f out, ridden and weakened 2f out, last of 5, 9l behind Yojimbo (10-0) at Epsom Downs 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Aug.
Byrd In Hand (IRE) 7-1 (9-4) Held up towards rear, ridden and no progress final 2f, 9th of 11, 10l behind Viscount Vert (9-11) at Windsor 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Jul.
Kavachi (IRE) 8-1 (9-10) In touch in rear, effort on inside over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 5, 22l behind Thecornishcowboy (9-4) at Folkestone 1m 2f hcp 0-60 (6) hvy in Sep.
Signora Frasi (IRE) 14-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, held up towards rear, ridden headway and edged left over 2f out, driven and no impression well over 1f out, 8th of 13, 9l behind Chosen Character (9-13) at Chepstow 1m hcp 0-70 (5) fm in Jul.
Spiritual Art 9-2 (8-11) Slowly into stride, took keen hold, headway to lead over 8f out, ridden and headed over 2f out, soon edged left and beaten, 6th of 7, 9l behind King's Masque (9-5) at Bath 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) fm in Sep.
Whinging Willie (IRE) 13-2 (9-4) Chased leaders, ridden when badly hampered over 1f out, soon weakened and no chance after, 9th of 13, 14l behind Beacon Lady (8-0) at Brighton 1m 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Sep.
Saint Irene 3-1fav (9-4) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, chased winner well over 1f out, stayed on, no impression, 2nd of 10, 3 1/2l behind True Prince (8-7) at Bath 1m 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) fm in Sep.
Phluke 14-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, ridden 2f out, soon beaten, 5th of 7, 14l behind Light Burst (9-12) at Brighton 1m hcp 0-65 (6) fm in Sep.
Gay Gallivanter 12-1 (8-10) Raced stand side led this pair until over 2f out, ridden and kept on one pace, 3rd of 9, 5l behind Enriching (9-4) at Yarmouth 1m hcp 0-60 (6) gs in Aug.