LADY VALENTINO, Stand Guard and Turkish Sultan are the three to concentrate on here and the vote is given to Lady Valentino. Michael Dods's filly has the best of the draw and she finished a fair fourth behind Packers Hill at Redcar last time. She did not get the run of the race that day but she is clearly in good heart and she looks worth chancing on her all-weather bow. Stand Guard has had a couple of outings after a six month break so he should be spot-on for this, and he does have a positive draw. Turkish Sultan chased home Classic Blue here last time when he shaped as though this slight step-up in trip would suit. He can go well, while Split The Wind did not see out the trip last time so the drop to this distance will suit. Lady Valetino looks the percentage call in a competitive opener.
Apache Dawn 7-1 (9-4) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, not clear run briefly and switched right soon after, ran on inside final furlong, nearest finish, 4th of 15, 3/4l behind dhtrs Pembo (8-10) & Mick Is Back (9-9) at Bath 1m 3yo & 4yo sll (6) sft in Sept.
Ardent Prince 11-2 (8-13) Chased leaders to halfway, soon behind, weakened and eased over 1f out, last of 14, well behind Trans Sonic (8-13) at Redcar 1m hcp 0-60 (6) gs in Aug.
El Dottore 66-1 (9-0) Pulled hard in mid-division, ridden and weakened 4f out, tailed off, last of 13, 43l behind Bold Bobby Be (9-7) at Bath 1m 5f hcp 0-60 (6) gd.
Lady Valentino 10-1 (8-9) Held up towards rear, headway under pressue well over 1f out, ridden and kept on final furlong, no impression, 4th of 13, 3l behind Packers Hill (9-0) at Redcar 1m 2f sll (5) gd.
Muffett's Dream 9-1 (8-10) Tracked leader until entering straight, remained prominent until weakened over 2f out, 10th of 12, 14l behind Action Impact (9-10) at Lingfield 1m 2f app hcp (6) gd in Aug.
Nothingtodeclaire 25-1 (8-5) Led, ridden over 2f out, weakening when badly hamptered 2f out, no chance afterwards, 12th of 13, 40l behind The Gaikwar (9-0) at Brighton 1m app hcp (6) gd in Sept.
Split The Wind (USA) 15-2 (9-4) Led, clear 8f out, reduced lead 4f out, driven and headed over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 6th of 12, 8l behind Mayadeen (8-13) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-95 (6) std.
Stand Guard 6-1 (9-6) In touch, headway to chase leaders 4f out, chased winner 2f out until approaching final furlong, no extra inside final furlong, 3rd of 13, 4l behind Catholic Hill (9-0) at Kempton 1m 3f stk 0-55 (6) pol.
Turkish Sultan (IRE) 40-1 (8-6) Steadied start, held up towards rear, progress from over 3f out, good headway over 1f out, ran on strongly inside final furlong to take 2nd near finish, not troubled winner, 2nd of 14, 2l behind Classic Blue (8-12) at Kempton 1m 1f hcp 0-5.
Tyrana (GER) 50-1 (9-4) Always in the rear, 12th of 13, 12l behind Dinner Date (8-12) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Mar.
Dawn Wind 50-1 (8-12) Soon prominent, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 8, 15l behind Basanti (8-12) at Bath 1m 2f mdn fll (5) gf in Sept.
Kinlochard 50-1 (8-12) Slowly to stride, soon chasing leaders, weakened well over 1f out, 6th of 12, 14l behind Sirocco Breeze (9-3) at Leicester 7f 3yo mdn (5) sft.
Peas In A Pod 4-1co-fav (8-9) Held up, headway to chase leaders over 2f out, one pace final furlong, 4th of 11, 6l behind Star Choice (8-9) at W'hampton 1m 1f 3yo hcp (6) pol.
West Lorne (USA) 12-1 (8-6) Tracked leaders, ridden to challenge over 2f out, soon chasing winner, weakened final furlong, 4th of 11, 11l behind Sunny Spells (8-5) at Great Leighs 1m 6f 3yo hcp (5) pol in Sept.