RUTBA has the profile of a progressive horse and can land the finale for Marcus Tregoning and Hayley Turner. Up an aggregate of 12lb for her two earlier victories, she is the type that is difficult for the handicapper to assess and while he has not taken any chances with her, she can defy the rise once again. Dimashq did not handle the testing conditions at Musselburgh last time and will be more at home on the polytrack while Mohawk Star is more exposed than his main rivals but his recent form has taken a turn for the best. Moonshine Beach and Chiff Chaff are others that could get involved but on a night that will not prove easy to pick winners, favourite backers can get out on a winning note courtesy of the likely favourite Rutba.
Moonshine Beach 3-1fav (8-12) Led, ridden 4 lengths clear 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, caught on line, 2nd of 10, shd behind Mohawk Star (8-9) at Kempton 2m hcp 0-70 (5) pol.
Whaxaar (IRE) 5-1 (9-2) Held up in touch, pushed along 3f out, weakened 2f out, 6th of 10, 14l behind Mohawk Star (8-9) at Kempton 2m hcp 0-70 (5) pol.
Mohawk Star (IRE) 20-1 (8-9) Slowly away, held up, headway from 3f out, chased clear leader 2f out, stayed on to snatch victory last stride, won at Kempton 2m hcp 0-70 (5) pol beating Moonshine Beach (8-12) by a ns, 10 ran.
Check Up (IRE) 8-1 (9-6) Prominent, ridden 4f out, soon lost pace, tailed off, 12th of 14, 33l behind Mixing (9-8) at Kempton 1m 3f app hcp (6) pol.
Chiff Chaff 10-1 (9-3) Led 5f out, ridden over 3f out, headed well over 1f out, kept on same pace, 2nd of 11, 1 1/2l behind Rutba (8-5) at Lingfield 2m hcp 0-65 (6) sft.
Taxman (IRE) 7-2jt-fav (9-3) In touch, ridden over 3f out, soon weakened, 7th of 14, 22l behind Lady Dedlock (8-13) at Kempton 2m hcp (6) pol in Apr.
Is It Me (USA) 9-1 (9-8) Led for 4f, tracked leader, ridden 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 12, 8l behind Colonel Flay (9-9) at Salisbury 1m 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Aug.
Restart (IRE) 7-1 (9-0) Towards rear, headway on outside over 3f out, kept on from over 1f out, never troubled leaders, 5th of 15, 8l behind Chiff Chaff (8-9) at Ripon 2m hcp 0-65 (6) gs in Aug.
Petrosian 20-1 (8-8) With leader, led briefly 3f out, soon headed and one pace final 2f, 3rd of 5, 15l behind Persian Peril (9-12) at Haydock 1m 3f clm (5) gs in Aug.
Comeintothespace (IRE) 10-1 (8-11) Mid-division, headway 6f out, weakened well over 2f out, beaten when hampered entering straight, 12th of 13, 32l behind Zonic Boom (8-13) at W'hampton 2m 1f app hcp (6) pol in Jul '07.
Irish Ballad 12-1 (8-3) Chased leaders, pushed along 3f out, stayed on same pace final 2f, 3rd of 10, 3 1/2l behind Mohawk Star (8-9) at Kempton 2m hcp 0-70 (5) pol.
Dimashq 6-5fav (9-4) Tracked leader, not much room on bend over 4f out, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 8, 13l behind Kyber (9-7) at Musselburgh 1m 6f app hcp (6) sft in Aug.
Arabian Sun 16-1 (9-0) Led after 3f, headed 9f out, led over 4f out to over 2f out, soon weakened, 12th of 14, 13l behind Tagula Blue (9-9) at Warwick 2m hcp 0-70 (5) sft in Aug.
Rutba 9-2fav (8-5) Slowly into stride, soon in touch, ridden and chased leader over 2f out, every chance from over 1f out, driven to lead well inside final furlong, won at Lingfield 2m hcp 0-65 (6) sft beating Chiff Chaff (9-3) by 1 1/2l, 11 ran.