A poor contest concludes a very moderate card and GHENT gets the nod, while Adnams is a potential improver. This definitely does not have the look of a race to get heavily involved in, but Ghent is put up as the pick with Seb Sanders a good booking by Irish trainer David Myerscough. The Celtic Swing gelding finished in the money at Ballinrobe before coming home runner-up at Dundalk last time, when the mile looked perhaps a bit on the short side. This 1m 3f is worth a try and from a 1lb higher mark he can remain very competitive. Adnams tries Kempton for the first time and after three maiden runs he got the worst of the draw at Lingfield last time and looks capable of better, so if there is any support for him we should take note. Mallorey has some reasonable form in context but would probably prefer a slower surface, while Bubses Boy is rare among this field in that he has won a race, having taken a Yarmouth claimer last month, but he was beaten comfortably from this mark last time. Albuharith will stay this far and has been dropped a handy 3lbs since finishing second in a claimer last time, so can't be totally ruled out, while Jiggalong is very interesting now stepped up to this trip, with Sadler's Wells on her dam's side. She may be able to show us a bit of improvement, and the same goes for Ebony Eyes, who was staying on nicely over slightly shorter last time and is going the right way. In an open contest Ghent just gets the nomination.
Ebony Eyes 10-1 (9-2) Held up well in rear, ridden 3f out, ran on well final furlong, not reached leaders, 6th of 13, 2 1/4l behind Some Sunny Day (9-5) at Lingfield 1m 2f flls hcp (0-70) (3yo+) (5) pol in Aug.
Adnams 11-2 (9-4) Held up, pushed along and headway over 4f out, ridden and one pace final 2f, 6th of 12, 9l behind Shesha Bear (9-10) at Lingfield 1m 3f hcp 0-70 (5) gs in Aug.
M'lady Rousseur (IRE) 16-1 (8-8) Slowly into stride, held up, never nearer, 8th of 14, 8l behind Iceman George (9-2) at Newmarket 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) sft in Jul.
Mallorey 5-1 (9-8) Led and soon clear, ridden along entering straight, headed 1 1/2f out, weakened final furlong, 4th of 15, 8l behind Our Nana Rose (8-3) at Gowran Park 1m 1f 3yo hcp 47-70 sft in Aug.
Red Reef 16-1 (8-9) Took keen hold, tracked leaders, driven along over 2f out, soon weakened, 8th of 11, 7l behind Hawk's Eye (9-9) at Lingfield 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) fm in Aug.
Ghent (IRE) 9-1 (8-11) Mid-division, 7th halfway, progress straight, moderate 4th over 1f out, kept on well, 3rd of 14, 1/2l behind Banna Boirche (9-4) at Dundalk 1m hcp 50-70 pol in Aug.
Jiggalong 9-1 (8-3) Behind, stayed on from over 1f out, 3rd of 11, 7l behind Sunshine Always (9-7) at Kempton 1m 3yo clm stks (6) pol.
Abulharith 15-2 (8-11) Keen in touch, ridden to chase leader over 1f out, every chance inside final furlong, kept on to take 2nd, 2nd of 15, 2l behind Clovis (9-12) at Bath 1m 4f 3yo & 4yo sll (6) gd in Aug.
Refuse Toulouse (IRE) 7-1 (8-12) Behind, ridden and no headway over 2f out, never dangerous, 6th of 7, 14l behind Bugaku (9-7) at Sandown 1m 2f 3yo & 4yo mdn (5) gd in May.
Tuppenny Piece 25-1 (9-4) In touch, ridden 5f out, weakened 3f out, last of 9, 35l behind Broughtons Paradis (8-8) at Yarmouth 1m 3f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Aug.
Chanrossa (IRE) 25-1 (8-12) In touch, ridden over 3f out, every chance over 2f out, weakened well over 1f out, 5th of 13, 25l behind Teeky (9-2) at Newmarket 1m 4f fll hcp (5) gd in Jul.
Tres Chic (FR) 33-1 (8-10) Mid-division, moderate effort 3f out, soon beaten, 9th of 12, 9l behind Farleigh (8-10) at Windsor 1m mdn auc stks (5) gf in May.
Bubses Boy 8-1 (9-1) Held up, headway over 1f out, never nearer, 5th of 10, 8l behind Deuce (9-2) at Nottingham 2m 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Aug.
Mediterranean Sea (IRE) 80-1 (8-4) Soon towards rear, pushed along over 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, never near leaders, 4th of 11, 9l behind Tinaar (8-11) at Windsor 1m 2f fll mdn stks (5) gd in Aug.