AL SHABABIYA is taken here to follow up her win at Wolverhampton, at the expense of likely main dangers Graceful Descent and Tomintoul Star. David Simcock's filly is trying turf for the first time with her four previous runs all coming on the Polytrack. With firm ground expected here, we don't anticipate any problems with her handling the ground, and certainly the yard wouldn't bring her all the way to Scotland as their only runner on the card to see how she gets on. Tomintoul Star is more used to Southwell, where she's been placed on her three starts but she remains a maiden after 10 runs. She started with Henry Cecil, but even a change of yard has failed to bring a change of fortune. Graceful Descent has to give weight away all round, but has been a consistent sort. Until her last race, which was a big step up in grade, she'd not been out of the first two in her previous eight races. Madame Excelerate steps up in trip for her handicap debut, with this just her fourth run, and is capable of making the frame. Three of the last five winners of this have been returned at big double figure prices; we won't get that, but we'll just be happy to see Al Shababiya first past the post.
Graceful Descent (FR) 10-1 (7-13) Held up and soon in rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, no impression, 4th of 7, 6l behind Desert Kiss (8-13) at Doncaster 1m 2f flls hcp 0-90 (3) gf.
Belle Noverre (IRE) 9-1 (9-7) Held up in touch, progress early straight, 5th and kept on well inside final furlong, 5th of 14, 2l behind Inishtearaght (9-0) at Naas 1m app hcp 50-70 gf.
Casino Night 33-1 (8-8) Led, ridden over 2f out, headed over 1f out, faded inside final furlong, 5th of 7, 6l behind George Adamson (8-9) at Newcastle 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Madame Excelerate 150-1 (8-12) Slowly into stride, behind, ridden on inside 2f out, headway soon after, every chance well inside final furlong, stayed on, 2nd of 11, hd behind Hudoo (8-12) at Wolverhampton 7f 2yo mdn auc stks (6) pol in Oct.
Damietta (USA) 16-1 (9-2) Tracked leader until 3f out, soon weakened, 8th of 9, 30l behind Christopher Wren (8-13) at Haydock 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf in May.
Tomintoul Star 3-1fav (8-12) Dwelt, behind, headway over 3f out, effort on outside over 2f out, ridden to chase winner 1f out, kept on, no impression, 2nd of 9, 4l behind Liteup My World (8-10) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-60 (6) fbs.
Stateside (CAN) 7-1 (8-9) Prominent, ridden over 3f out, weakened inside finla furlong, 5th of 10, 7l behind Finsbury (8-13) at Carlisle 1m 1f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in May.
Al Shababiya (IRE) 14-1 (9-1) Slowly into stride, soon pushed up to chase leaders, switched right over 5f out, headway to track leader 4f out, led narrowly over 2f out, ridden and edged left over 1f out, driven and all out, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in May beating Celtic Ransom (8-12) by shd, 12 ran.
Papa's Princess 12-1 (8-2) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 10, 4l behind Crocodile Bay (8-8) at Hamilton 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Tia Juana (IRE) 16-1 (9-4) Held up mid-division, headway over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 6th of 13, 4l behind Dubara Reef (8-2) at Redcar 1m 6f 3yo mdn hcp 0-65 (6) gf in May.