Jeff Pearce's Dazzling Begum ran better when third to Snowberry Hill at Wolverhampton last week and she has every chance back on turf in a similarly weak contest but she is better on the Polytrack and Fibresand and preference is for SAND REPEAL, who gets the verdict ahead of Aaman. Ed Vaughan's colt is less exposed than most of these after just seven starts and has shown improved form since being sent handicapping of late, having won at Goodwood and been placed either side of that, and he should be thereabouts again. Mark Johnston's Emiratesdotcom has had the three runs necessary for a handicap mark and has to be considered on his debut in the grade but he needs to step up on all known form to trouble the judge. Jim Best's Lady Pilot is probably better over hurdles than on the flat but has run creditably in his last couple of starts on the level so cannot be discounted. Double Spectre has not won since June last year and could probably do with some help from the handicapper, with a safer option looking to be Sand Repeal. Julia Feilden's gelding is now 1lb lower than when successful here in June and, having run well in defeat in his last two starts, looks worth siding with to record another course victory.
Double Spectre (IRE) 16-1 (9-11) Held up in rear, headway over 3f out, outpaced over 2f out, went 3rd well inside final furlong, 3rd of 10, 12l behind Black Or Red (9-7) at Ffos Las 2m hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Jul.
Lady Pilot 6-1 (9-6) Held up towards rear, good headway on wide outside over 4f out, travelling well to track leaders 3f out, every chance over 2f out, still well there approaching final furlong, no extra well inside final furlong, 4th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Lord Oroko (9-5) at Bath 2m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) fm in May.
Sand Repeal (IRE) 7-1 (10-3) Led 2f, tracked leader, regained lead 5f out, ridden and headed 3f out, rallied to take well held 2nd well inside final furlong, no chance with winner, 2nd of 9, 3l behind Soundbyte (10-8) at Goodwood 1m 3f am hcp (0-70) (4yo+) (5) gf.
Dazzling Begum 8-1 (9-2) Chased leaders, chased winner over 2f out, lost 2nd inside final furlong, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 11, 3 1/2l behind Snowberry Hill (9-6) at Wolverhampton 2m hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Aaman (IRE) 11-10fav (8-6) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 8, 7l behind Rose Row (10-0) at Kempton 2m hcp 0-70 (5) pol.
Amouretta 40-1 (7-13) Held up behind leaders, ridden over 4f, weakened over 2f, 6th of 8, 17l behind Ice Bellini (8-3) at Southwell 1m 4f 3yo hcp (5) fbs in Nov.
Am I Blue 25-1 (8-4) Mid-division, ridden well over 1f out, never dangerous, 7th of 12, 7l behind Ghufa (9-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f sell stks (6) pol.
Bedarra Boy 50-1 (8-9) Hampered start, held up, never dangerous, 7th of 12, 17l behind Sounds Of Jupiter (9-11) at Folkestone 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Aug.
Emiratesdotcom 20-1 (9-3) Mid-division, ridden 3f out, soon outpaced, weakened over 1f out, 10th of 12, 19l behind My Verse (8-12) at Ripon 1m 3yo & 4yo mdn (5) gd in Aug.
Wightgold 40-1 (7-13) Held up towards rear, ridden and headway when hung right approaching final furlong, kept on, never dangerous, 3rd of 7, 14l behind Qelaan (9-4) at Folkestone 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Googoobarabajagal (IRE) 12-1 (8-4) Behind, some late moderate headway, 8th of 14, 7l behind Aaman (8-6) at Goodwood 2m 3yo mdn hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Aug.
Hassadin 28-1 (7-13) Held up in last trio, moderate headway when hung left over 1f out, 4th of 8, 13l behind Sounds Of Jupiter (9-2) at Brighton 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) fm in Aug.
Shape Shifter (USA) 40-1 (8-2) Held up towards rear, raced keenly, always behind, 8th of 11, 36l behind Lady Hestia (9-8) at Yarmouth 1m 6f hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Aug.
Ingenue 11-2 (8-2) Prominent until driven and dropped rear after 5f, tailed off 5f out, last of 10, well behind Elite Land (9-9) at Catterick 1m 6f hcp 0-65 (6) gf.