HESPERIDES is steadily improving and got off the mark over today's trip at Kempton last time. He's up 9lb but this won't take much winning and he can follow up. Simply finished a bit closer at Warwick on her latest start and is preferred to Runway Girl, who was still beaten eight lengths when third over C&D in July. Kittens has outside claims if forgiven a below-par effort in soft ground at Chepstow but Kashgar is a disappointing sort and the remainder are even harder to fancy.
Hesperides 7-1 (8-9) Led after 1f, made rest, ridden over 2f out, edged right then left over 1f out, ran on strongly, won at Kempton 1m 4f mdn auc stks (6) pol in Aug beating Altaria (8-9) by 4l, 4 ran.
Attain 14-1 (8-11) Always behind, 7th of 9, 11l behind Benzanno (9-4) at Epsom Downs 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gs in Jul.
Kashgar 6-1 (9-5) Tracked winner until ridden 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 9, 16l behind Between Us (9-3) at Yarmouth 1m 3f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Aug.
Kittens 2-1fav (9-2) Took keen hold, tracked leaders, went 2nd over 3f out until ridden over 2f out, soon weakened, tailed off, 8th of 10, 37l behind Madam Lilibet (8-10) at Chepstow 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) sft in Aug.
Runway Girl (IRE) 15-2 (9-6) Held up in rear, headway well over 1f out, chased leaders inside final furlong, ran on, nearest finish, 3rd of 13, 8l behind Kaiser Wilhelm (9-5) at Folkestone 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Jul.
Simply 4-1 (8-12) Tracked winner, ridden 2f out, kept on one pace and lost 2nd inside final furlong, 3rd of 9, 2 1/2l behind Hyde Lea Flyer (8-12) at Warwick 1m 3f hcp 0-60 (6) gd in Aug.
Merchants Return 16-1 (9-1) Behind, effort over 1f out, one pace and no impression, 6th of 11, 14l behind Melodrama (9-7) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Aug.
Farleaze 25-1 (9-5) Held up behind, weakened over 2f out, never dangerous, 7th of 11, 20l behind Melodrama (9-7) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Aug.