John Portman's Joe Packet seems to be in the grip of the handicapper after completing a hat-trick last month, while the Michael Jarvis-trained Cansili Star disappointed at Goodwood last month and is hard to back with confidence. Hugh Morrison's Duster has paid the penalty at the hands of the handicapper for his win at Folkestone in June and it is hard to get away from DESERT POPPY. Walter Swinburn's filly has done little wrong in three starts this term, winning at Windsor on her reappearance and at Newbury last time and only beaten by the narrowest of margins at the Berkshire venue in between those successes. Admittedly she has gone up 11lb for her latest success but she won with plenty in hand and can score again. The David Evans-trained Star Rover seems a shade high in the weights, while Sunraider has faced no easy task following his win at Haydock in June.
Lowdown (IRE) 25-1 (9-1) Raced far side, chased leaders, pushed along 2f out, soon weakened, 14th of 17, 8l behind Damika (8-10) at Ripon 6f hcap (2) gs.
Star Rover (IRE) 4-1 (8-11) Prominent, driven along halfway, no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 8, 6l behind Masta Plasta (8-11) at Nottingham 5f cond Stakes (3) gf.
Sunraider (IRE) 5-2fav (8-12) Tracked leader until 2f out, soon weakened, 14th of 15, 19l behind Al Khaleej (9-1) at Newmarket 7f hcp 105 (2) gs.
Cansili Star 7-1 (8-12) Took keen hold, wide in mid-division, pushed along 3f out, weakened well over 1f out, last of 12, 7l behind Citrus Star (9-4) at Goodwood 7f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gd in Jul.
Jack My Boy (IRE) 8-1 (8-12) Led stands side group until ridden over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 14th of 17, 14l behind Swilly Ferry (9-1) at Newmarket 6f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gd in May.
Duplicity 20-1 (9-7) Held up in 9th, effort on inside 3f out, behind and struggling over 2f out, last of 10, 14l behind Kakatosi (8-8) at Sandown 7f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Jul.
Desert Poppy (IRE) 2-1fav (9-7) Disputed lead, definite advantage travelling strongly 2f out, pushed clear and ran on strongly final furlong, very easily, won at Newbury 6f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gd beating Flouncing (9-2) by 4 1/2l, 6 ran.
Joe Packet 7-1 (9-3) Restless in stalls, held up, ridden and headway 2f out, kept on one pace inside final furlong, 4th of 7, 2l behind Colonel Mak (9-7) at Leicester 6f 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) sft.
Duster 6-1 (9-0) Close up, ridden 2f out, weakened 1f out, 9th of 13, 14l behind Cornus (8-9) at Folkestone 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jun.
Fly Silca Fly (IRE) 14-1 (8-8) Tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, no impression over 1f out, 5th of 6, 5l behind Perfect Silence (8-7) at Newmarket 7f flls hcp 0-95 (3) sft.