Dukes Art has been done no favours by the draw so we'll side with RESPITE in a race where a good number have claims. Supporters of the selection may need to hold their breath as she was held up over seven furlongs last time and failed to get up by a neck. Presuming that she's held up again, she will need to get a bit of luck from her high draw but she's unlucky not to be unbeaten here and looks well enough handicapped. Dukes Art was collared close home over seven and there are concerns about his effectiveness over this trip but he is progressive and goes well here. Cut And Thrust was gambled on last time but failed to overhaul Striding Edge in a race which also featured Best In Class who stayed on from the rear. Cases can be made for all of the runners but the last one that we'll mention is Kiss A Prince who ran on strongly to score at Lingfield over a mile having made the frame here over seven. He's only 5lbs higher and may have more to offer but we'll be hoping that the cards fall right for Respite.
Cool Hand Jake 9-2 (9-5) Took keen hold, in touch, ridden over 2f out, soon outpaced, 8th of 12, 6l behind Musleh (9-3) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Aug.
Roar of Applause 10-1 (9-2) Held up in rear, headway on outside approaching final furlong, ran on towards finish, 3rd of 7, 1l behind Wannabe King (9-13) at Epsom Downs 1m 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Aug.
Dukes Art 7-4fav (9-6) Held up behind, headway over 1f out, soon ridden, stayed on under pressure inside final furlong, every chance towards finish, just held, 2nd of 7, ns behind Audemar (9-4) at Kempton 7f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Aug.
Indian Art (IRE) 5-1 (9-10) Tracked leaders centre, ridden and headway 2f out, stayed on to challenge and every chance inside final furlong, just held, 2nd of 9, shd behind Dig Deep (8-10) at Chepstow 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Aug.
Arteus 3-1fav (9-3) Tracked leader, led over 1f out, soon ridden and hard pressed, edged right under pressure inside final furlong, kept on towards finish, won at Kempton 7f mdn auc stks (6) pol in Aug beating Equinine (8-12) by 1/2l, 9 ran.
Respite 8-1 (8-13) Held up, headway on outside over 2f out, chased winner over 1f out, edged right and ran on inside final furlong, just failed, 2nd of 9, ns behind Sarasota Sunshine (9-0) at Kempton 7f 3yo fll hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Aug.
Cut And Thrust (IRE) 10-3 (9-5) Prominent, led inside final 3f, strongly pressed from 2f out, kept on well until headed inside final furlong, held final 100 yards, 2nd of 10, 1l behind Striding Edge (9-5) at Kempton 1m Apprentice Handicap (0-75) (3yo) (5) pol in Aug.
Omnium Duke (IRE) 9-1 (9-0) Raced wide, held up in 8th, headway to chase leaders on outer 3f out, went 2nd over 1f out, soon pressed leaders briefly, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 9, 6l behind Fancy Footsteps (8-12) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Aug.
Striding Edge (IRE) 14-1 (9-5) In touch, headway to chase leading pair over 2f out, sustained challenge to lead inside final furlong, driven and in command final 100 yards, won at Kempton 1m Apprentice Handicap (0-75) (3yo) (5) pol in Aug beating Cut And Thrust (9-5) by 1l, 10 ran.
Kiss A Prince 5-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, led inside final furlong, kept on well, won at Lingfield 1m 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Aug beating Leelu (8-6) by 1 1/4l, 11 ran.
Best In Class 7-2 (9-7) Held up in rear, strong run on outside over 1f out, finished well, not reach leaders, 4th of 10, 2l behind Striding Edge (9-5) at Kempton 1m Apprentice Handicap (0-75) (3yo) (5) pol in Aug.
Play It Sam 9-4 (9-3) Tracked leaders, ridden to chase leader over 2f out, with winner and every chance entering final furlong, ran on but always held by winner towards finish, 2nd of 7, nk behind Surprise Party (9-9) at Sandown 1m 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Aug.
The Scorching Wind (IRE) 6-1 (9-4) Held up, pushed along over 2f out, headway over 1f out, ran on well inside final furlong, not reached winner, 2nd of 12, 1/2l behind Bermondsey Girl (8-11) at Lingfield 7f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Jul.
Diamond Twister (USA) 16-1 (1-6) 2nd of 12, 1l behind Key To The Stars (8-12) at Deauville(FR) 7f stk sft in Aug.