Viking Storm is much improved this year and was winning for the third time in four starts when beating Ittirad at Ascot last month. The handicapper has taken note, however, and he's on a new career-high mark today. Fattsota is suited by this trip nowadays and is another to have scored at Ascot on his latest start but New Hampshire probably needs to improve again on his Carlisle win to follow up and it remains to be seen whether Dreamspeed retains all of his ability after time off, though he didn't run badly at Haydock two runs ago or in last month's Ebor. Scatter Dice and MARTIN CHUZZLEWIT both ran in the race won by Ahzeemah at Ascot last week but neither had much chance from an outside draw and ran accordingly. The former came out best but had a much harder race and we expect Sir Michael Stoute's colt to reverse the form today and open his account for the season as he'd gone very close in a hot handicap at York on his previous run. Rio's Rosanna and Incendo are useful handicappers but probably a shade high in the weights at present.
Dreamspeed (IRE) 25-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, faded inside final furlong, 9th of 19, 6l behind Willing Foe (9-2) at York 1m 6f hcp (2) gs in Aug.
Fattsota 7-1 (9-1) Made most, ridden 2f out, ran on, won at Ascot 1m 4f hcp 105 (2) gd in Jul beating Cill Rialaig (9-6) by 1 1/2l, 10 ran.
Viking Storm 5-1 (9-8) Held up in 5th, ridden 2f out, stayed on to lead inside final furlong, held on, won at Ascot 1m 4f hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Aug beating Ittirad (9-9) by 1/2l, 10 ran.
New Hampshire (USA) 13-2 (9-10) Led 2f, chased leaders, led again over 2f out, soon hard ridden, kept on well, won at Carlisle 1m 3f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Jul beating Northside Prince (9-9) by 3/4l, 12 ran.
Rio's Rosanna (IRE) 10-1 (9-6) Prominent, lost place 8f out, headway when hampered over 1f out, no impression after, 7th of 19, 7l behind Kirthill (10-0) at York 1m 4f hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Aug.
Incendo 33-1 (9-4) Dwelt held up, effort entering final 2f, weakened final furlong, 8th of 9, 7l behind Dandino (9-4) at Kempton 1m 4f Group 3 stks (3yo+) (1) pol.
Scatter Dice (IRE) 25-1 (9-0) In touch, effort over 1f out, soon weakened, 10th of 19, 9l behind Ahzeemah (9-2) at Ascot 1m 4f Handicap (Heritage) (3yo) (2) gf.
Martin Chuzzlewit (IRE) 9-1 (8-12) Slowly away, always behind, 18th of 19, 16l behind Ahzeemah (9-2) at Ascot 1m 4f Handicap (Heritage) (3yo) (2) gf.