A moderate contest might go to BIG SUR, who is taken to find a bit more now tried at this trip again. One previous attempt over 10f proved abortive, but that was on his handicap debut and he can be forgiven. He has acted on the Polytrack elsewhere and was running on into the frame over 1m 1f last time, auguring well for tonight. The booking of David Probert and the application of headgear makes Southwark Newsman of interest, and money for him would probably be significant. Claimer winner Empress Leizu is one to keep an eye on in the betting, while this is a fair bit easier than recent races contested by Best Of Broadway, who would be no surprise winner. Even so, Big Sur is preferred for today.
Big Sur 9-2fav (9-3) In touch, headway 2f out, stayed on under pressure to 3rd close home, 3rd of 13, 1 1/4l behind Aussie Blue (9-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Aug.
Blackstone Vegas 15-2 (9-9) Held up in rear, no real progress over 2f out, 9th of 12, 18l behind Carlton Scroop (9-9) at Kempton 1m 3f app hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Eastern Hills 12-1 (9-3) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, no impression, 7th of 12, 10l behind Bajan Pride (9-8) at Beverley 7f sell stks (6) gf in Jul.
Lily Eva 66-1 (9-1) Led, headed over 2f out, soon weakened, 8th of 9, 12l behind Ellbeedee (8-11) at Windsor 1m 2f fll mdn stks (5) gd in Aug.
Petsas Pleasure 25-1 (9-10) Held up in rear, ridden and lost touch from over 3f out, last of 9, 28l behind Grams And Ounces (9-9) at Newmarket 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) sft in Aug.
Sir Tom 20-1 (9-3) Raced stands' side, in rear, merged with far side halfway, not trouble leaders, 7th of 13, 17l behind Gross Prophet (10-4) at Salisbury 1m ladies hcp 0-70 (5) gs in Aug.
Straight And Level (CAN) 7-2fav (9-5) Broke well, soon mid-division, effort 2f out, never on terms, 7th of 13, 8l behind Fitzolini (9-4) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp (6) pol in Jul.
Best Of Broadway (IRE) 6-1 (8-9) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 7, 12l behind Albacocca (8-7) at Yarmouth 1m 3f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jul.
Empress Leizu (IRE) 7-1 (8-13) Led, ridden and headed 3f out, no chance with winner over 2f out, hung right over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 4th of 11, 20l behind Lyric Poet (8-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Aug.
Hounds Ditch 25-1 (9-2) Slowly into stride, in rear, pushed along 6f out, struggling after, 9th of 12, 15l behind Oriental Girl (10-0) at Bath 1m 2f hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Aug.
Medici Brave 25-1 (8-12) Slowly into stride, ridden over 3f out, always in rear, 10th of 13, 18l behind Fitz (9-3) at Kempton 7f stks 0-55 (6) pol in Aug.
Pursestrings 50-1 (7-11) In touch, dropped to rear 7f out, not a danger after, last of 5, 20l behind Cobo Bay (9-9) at Epsom Downs 1m 2f clm stks (5) gd in Aug.
Southwark Newsman 66-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, took keen hold towards rear, ridden over 3f out, some headway over 2f out, no impression, 7th of 12, 23l behind Baralaka (9-3) at Kempton 1m 4f mdn auc stks (6) pol in Aug.
Trecase 16-1 (8-12) Slowly into stride, towards rear, ridden 3f out, stayed on inside final furlong, nearest finish, 6th of 13, 6l behind Fitz (9-3) at Kempton 7f stks 0-55 (6) pol in Aug.