Mushtaaq, Crusoe's Return and HAWK FLIGHT make most appeal in this maiden and we will side with Hawk Flight to finally get his head in front. The selection has gone close several times, inclding at this track, and he did not do a lot wrong when chasing home Colourways last time. That was a career-best effort and the yard are in good form so he is worth another chance. Crusoe's Return was well beaten by Empowered at Kempton earlier in the month and there may be more to come from him. He looks the type who could be worth following when he goes handicapping. Mushtaaq has had a few chances now and this drop in trip is not sure to suit. INQUEST hails from the yard that won this race last time and if he handles this quicker ground then he would have to enter calculations. However, we will stick with Hawk Flight as our idea of the winner.
Snake Hips 40-1 (9-12) In touch, ridden, weakened 3f out, last of 9, 25l behind Manyriverstocross (8-12) at Chepstow 1m 4f mdn stk (5) gf in Jun.
Indiana Fox 66-1 (9-3) Towards rear, ridden over 3f out, never near leaders, 8th of 11, 10l behind Red Jade (9-3) at Nottingham 1m 2f mdn stk (5) sft.
Cadeaux Fax 14-1 (8-12) Carried right and hampered start, towards rear, effort over 3f out, soon held, 7th of 8, 23l behind Ministerofinterior (8-9) at Brighton 1m 2f 3yo sll (6) sft in Sept.
Crusoe's Return 4-1 (9-3) Prominent, kept on to take 2nd inside final furlong, no chance with winner, 2nd of 10, 3l behind Empowered (9-3) at Kempton 1m 2f 3yo mdn (4) pol.
Force Tradition (IRE) 66-1 (8-6) Towards rear, some late headway, never reached challenging position, 7th of 14, 14l behind Deadly Silence (8-11) at Southwell 1m 3f 3yo & 4yo mdn (5) fbs in May.
Hawk Flight (IRE) 6-1 (8-1) Held up in rear, headway on bit 3f out, soon tracking leaders, every chance when hung left entering final furlong, found nil, 2nd of 8, 3l behind Colourways (9-4) at Goodwood 1m 3f 3yo hcp (4) gf.
Inquest 5-2 (9-3) Chased leaders, upsides approaching 2f out, ridden and held over 1f out, no impression final furlong, 2nd of 8, 3l behind Mumayeza (8-12) at Sandown 1m 2f 3yo & 4yo mdn (5) sft in Sept.
Mushtaaq (USA) 3-1 (9-2) Led after 2f, ridden over 2f out, headed and one pace 1f out, 2nd of 13, 2l behind Houghton (9-2) at Great Leighs 1m 6f mdn stk (5) pol in Sept.
Crazy About You (IRE) 8-1 (8-12) Held up, shaken up 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, not pace to trouble leaders, 4th of 8, 4 1/2l behind Mumayeza (8-12) at Sandown 1m 2f 3yo & 4yo mdn (5) sft in Sept.