Blue Clumber gained her first-ever success on soft ground at Chepstow last week for which she carries a 6lb penalty. She's likely to find conditions very different here. Bapak Pesta showed easily his best form so far under Kevin Stott at Carlisle last week and further progress would see him in the frame but Charlemagne Diva has won three times, all at Thirsk, and never from a mark this high. Gold Beau got off the mark in a Redcar maiden in June but hasn't really shone in handicaps so this can go to ALEXANDRAKOLLONTAI. The last twice she's run over this track and trip she's won, though both victories were obtained in testing conditions. She's well enough treated and any rain would aid her cause greatly.
Gold Beau (FR) 8-1 (9-7) Led and set slow pace, joined 2f out, soon headed, lost 2nd over 1f out, 3rd and one pace final furlong, 3rd of 9, 2 3/4l behind Avatar Star (9-7) at Kempton 7f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Charlemagne Diva 11-1 (9-8) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 11, 5l behind George Fenton (9-6) at Thirsk 6f ladies hcp 0-70 (5) gd.
Alexandrakollontai (IRE) 12-1 (8-9) Went left start and bumped, in rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on same pace, no impression, 4th of 7, 5l behind Circuitous (9-12) at Ayr 7f hcp 0-70 (5) gd.
Colours Of Nature 33-1 (8-10) Dwelt, mid-division weakened over 1f out, last of 14, 46l behind Abraham Monro (8-2) at Ripon 6f mdn hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jul.
Red Cobra (IRE) 8-1 (9-0) Prominent, lost place and ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 10, 11l behind Green Monkey (9-2) at Doncaster 5f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gd.
Bapak Pesta (IRE) 15-2 (8-9) In touch, headway entering final 2f, not clear run briefly over 1f out, stayed on towards finish, 3rd of 13, 3/4l behind Diamond Blue (9-10) at Carlisle 6f hcp 0-65 (6) gf.
Blue Clumber 25-1 (8-4) Led until 4f out, chased leaders, led inside final furlong, stayed on, won at Chepstow 6f 3yo mdn hcp 0-65 (6) sft beating Roanne (9-1) by 1 3/4l, 5 ran.
Stand N Applaude 33-1 (8-9) Tracked leader, pushed along over 3f out, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 10th of 13, 14l behind Aeronwyn Bryn (8-13) at Thirsk 1m 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Jun.
Faither 20-1 (8-9) Tracked leaders 4f, well beaten and eased final 2f, last of 12, 44l behind Surround Sound (9-5) at Redcar 1m 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) gf in May.
Gambino (IRE) 200-1 (7-10) Held up, ridden over 2f out, no impression, 10th of 13, 7l behind Diamond Blue (9-10) at Carlisle 6f hcp 0-65 (6) gf.