Local trainer Simon Dow saddles Kaleo, a front runner who likes it here, but his best form has all come on ground with firm in the description and unless conditions brighten he can be opposed despite an encouraging return to action. Similar comments apply to Resurge who has been kept away from rain-softened ground so we'll take a chance on LAUDATORY. Walter Swinburn's charge has run well enough on ground with cut to suggest he acts and this is the first time he'll race in a handicap off a mark in the 70's since winning cosily at Kempton last year. Of course there's a chance he'll prove best at that venue but we're prepared to side with him in a race that'll take little winning, with veteran Wiggy Smith surely one to take on following a deserved but rare Leicester win and Flying Destination possibly in need of a stiffer test on faster ground.
Majuro (IRE) 5-1 (10-0) Ridden to lead, driven along and joined over 2f out, headed just over 1f out, 3rd and no impression inside final furlong, 3rd of 6, 7l behind Be Invincible (8-13) at Windsor 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Kaleo 5-2 (9-9) Led, ridden and joined over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, soon outpaced by winner, 2nd of 5, 3 1/2l behind Lang Shining (9-9) at Epsom Downs 1m 2f clm stks (5) gf in Jul.
Resurge (IRE) 10-1 (9-8) Mid-division on outside, headway over 2f out, hung right over 1f out, soon ridden, chased winner inside final furlong and closing near finish, lost 2nd post, 3rd of 13, 1 1/4l behind Flying Destination (8-12) at Sandown 1m 2f hcp 0-90 (3) gf in Jul.
Wiggy Smith 7-1 (10-0) Held up in rear, in touch, headway over 2f out, led over 1f out, soon hard ridden, held on under pressure, won at Leicester 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Jul beating Sagredo (9-11) by ns, 5 ran.
Sanctuary 16-1 (9-8) Towards rear of mid-division, ridden 2f out, never on terms, 8th of 13, 13l behind Dubai Bounty (8-9) at Chester 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) gs.
Inspirina (IRE) 25-1 (9-9) Held up in rear, took keen hold, headway 3f out, stayed on under pressure from over 1f out, no impression on leaders towards finsih, 5th of 15, 6l behind Film Festival (8-11) at Carlisle 1m 3f ladies hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Jul.
Laudatory 125-1 (9-5) Soon led at good pace, joined 3f out, soon headed and weakened, 8th of 10, 21l behind Stotsfold (9-11) at Sandown 1m 2f Listed stks (1) gf in Jul.
Flying Destination 6-1 (8-12) Tracked leading trio, went 2nd well over 1f out, led over 1f out, soon hung right, ridden and held on towards finish, won at Sandown 1m 2f hcp 0-90 (3) gf in Jul beating Rumble Of Thunder (9-8) by 1l, 13 ran.
Fame Is The Spur 8-1 (8-12) Held up, headway over 1f out, led inside final furlong, ridden out, won at Newmarket 1m 2f 3yo app hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jul beating Dashing Doc (8-13) by nk, 5 ran.