Waltzing Cat has started favourite for both of this season's outings and has gone close enough to suggest she'll be winning soon. Tegan landed a hat-trick before finishing second at Brighton but is 10lb higher than last month's C&D win, while Peira is not out of this having finished a close-up fifth at Bath off a higher mark earlier this month. Warneford drops in class but doesn't look the most straightforward so the vote goes to CONVENTION, whose recent second to a Sir Henry Cecil hotpot at Ffos Las looks the best recent form on offer.
Convention 11-4 (9-3) Tracked leaders, niggled along 5f out, edged left over 1f out, stayed on under pressure, went 2nd close home, no impression on winner, 2nd of 5, 2 3/4l behind Durante Alighieri (9-2) at Ffos Las 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) gs.
Viva Diva 20-1 (8-12) Held up, never on terms, 8th of 10, 8l behind Protaras (9-13) at Folkestone 1m 4f mdn stks (5) gf in Aug.
Warneford 13-2 (8-4) Tracked leaders and keen, ridden and hung left over 2f out, kept on one pace, 5th of 9, 7l behind Becausewecan (9-10) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Tegan (IRE) 85-40fav (9-9) Steadied start, raced keenly, soon tracking leader, lost place over 4f out, headway on outside over 2f out, chased winner inside final furlong, never able to challenge, 2nd of 6, 1 3/4l behind Fairling (9-7) at Brighton 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) gd.
Tagansky 50-1 (8-7) Dropped in from wide draw, took keen hold, always behind, 7th of 10, 9l behind Yojimbo (9-0) at Epsom Downs 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gs.
Waltzing Cat (USA) 9-4fav (9-5) Towards rear, headway over 2f out, kept on well, went 2nd inside final furlong, always held towards finish, 2nd of 10, 1 1/4l behind Ambala (9-2) at Kempton 1m 3f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Peira 6-1 (8-9) Tracked leader, ridden to lead over 1f out, headed and no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 6, 1 1/4l behind Lily In Pink (9-3) at Bath 1m 4f flls hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Battery Power 6-1 (9-7) Held up in rear in 4th, ridden to go 3rd over 1f out, one pace and no impression, 3rd of 4, 6l behind Watered Silk (9-13) at Yarmouth 1m 3f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Aug.
Steely 20-1 (9-3) Pushed up to chase leaders and wide on 1st turn, ridden and lost place 5f out, soon lost touch, tailed off, 11th of 12, well behind Satwa Dream (9-10) at Lingfield 1m 2f mdn auc stks (6) pol.
Cyber Star 7-1 (8-13) Tracked leaders, taken back several places and dropped in over 6f out, no impression fianl 2f, 6th of 13, 18l behind Princess Icicle (8-10) at Kempton 1m mdn auc stks (6) pol.