Sand Skier is consistent and Nicole Nordblad's claim will help his cause. Paul Cole's string has turned the corner so Mons Calpe is worth a second look while Nave and Sherman McCoy are starting to look well handicapped and preferred to last month's course winner Pandorica. Dancing Primo made a promising reappearance in an apprentices' handicap at Newbury but has to give 7lb to ICE NELLY. An unlucky loser over 1m2f at Epsom last week, she's well worth another chance over this longer trip on that evidence. Last year's winner Shabak Hom is with a different yard now and is starting to look exposed.
Sand Skier 9-2 (8-7) With leader, dropped to mid-division over 6f out, driven over 2f out, ridden to chase leading pair over 1f out, kept on, no impression, 3rd of 9, 2l behind Lily In Pink (9-7) at Leicester 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Jul.
Nave (USA) 13-2 (8-2) Led, headed over 8f out, ridden to lead again over 2f out, headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 12, 9l behind Rock A Doodle Doo (9-4) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Jul.
Sherman McCoy 20-1 (9-3) Soon led, headed 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 10th of 13, 8l behind Cape Rising (9-4) at Haydock 1m 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gs in Jul.
Dancing Primo 11-1 (9-2) Held up in touch, headway over 3f out, led over 1f out, headed entering final furlong, no extra closing stages, 2nd of 13, 5l behind Shades Of Grey (9-2) at Newbury 1m 3f app hcp (5) sft in Jul.
Parhelion 80-1 (9-7) Held up mid-division, weakened over 3f out, last of 14, 36l behind Blazing Field (8-9) at Bath 1m 5f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Oct.
Ice Nelly (IRE) 6-1 (9-5) Slowly into stride, held up in last pair, edging left and headway on outside over 1f out, strong run inside final furlong, went 3rd towards finish and closing, finished well, 3rd of 9, hd behind Fresa (9-0) at Epsom Downs 1m 2f flls hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jul.
Shabak Hom (IRE) 40-1 (8-6) Took keen hold, held up in rear, struggling 4f out, never on terms, 6th of 10, 14l behind Quiz Mistress (9-6) at Salisbury 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Jun.
Mons Calpe (IRE) 4-1 (9-4) Dwelt held up, never on terms, 7th of 8, 8l behind Beat Route (8-11) at Newbury 1m 3f app hcp 0-70 (5) gs in Jun.
Pandorica 3-1 (9-3) Held up, headway to track leaders over 6f out, led over 1f out, ridden out, won at Ffos Las 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) hvy in Jul beating Black Coffee (8-12) by 1 1/2l, 8 ran.
Tijori (IRE) 18-1 (9-6) Tracked leaders, ridden and weakened over 3f out, 6th of 8, 13l behind Astra Hall (8-9) at Ffos Las 1m 4f hcp 0-65 (6) hvy in Jul.
Transfer 20-1 (8-7) Mid-division on inside, steady headway to get in behind leaders 3f out, went 3rd over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 11, 12l behind Shades Of Grey (9-1) at Newbury 1m 3f app hcp 0-70 (5) gs in Jul.