CAT O'MOUNTAIN bounced back with a win over track and trip earlier in the month and can defy a 5lb rise in this with doubts surrounding his main rivals. Ajmany couldn't cope with a rise in class last time and is 7lb higher than his earlier Newmarket victory while Marju's Quest has won a couple of lowly handicaps and will find life tougher after a10lb hike in the weights. Vital Evidence, Savanna La Mar and Masquerading are all on recovery missions having ran shockers last time and the consistent Ningara makes more appeal as he steps up in trip.
Savanna La Mar (USA) 8-1 (8-2) Tracked leaders, ridden over 3f out, weakened 2f out, 6th of 9, 20l behind Sun Central (9-11) at Chester 1m 5f listed hcp 0-110 (1) gd in Aug.
Cat O'mountain (USA) 3-1fav (8-12) Tracked leaders, went 2nd over 1f out, soon ridden, led inside final furlong, ran on, won at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-95 (3) pol beating Castilo Del Diablo (9-8) by 1 1/4l, 11 ran.
Ajmany (IRE) 8-1 (8-8) Held up towards rear, ridden over 2f out, one pace, never dangerous, 10th of 13, 5l behind Broughton (8-1) at Goodwood 1m 2f 3yo hcp (2) gd in Aug.
Ningara 4-1 (9-3) Keen held up, pushed along 3f out, headway when hung left over 1f out, ridden and stayed on to go 2nd inside final furlong, 2nd of 9, 1 1/4l behind Yarroom (9-7) at Chester 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Aug.
Masquerading 5-1 (9-1) Held up towards rear, weakened 2f out, last of 7, well behind Poyle Thomas (9-3) at Newbury 1m 5f hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Aug.
Vital Evidence (USA) 9-4fav (9-3) Dwelt towards rear, ridden over 2f out, hampered over 1f out, not trouble leaders, 5th of 6, 11l behind Pearl Castle (8-13) at Sandown 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Aug.
Marju's Quest (IRE) 3-1 (9-7) Last to break, held up in last, headway on outside going well over 3f out, led over 2f out, eased towards finish, won at Brighton 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Aug beating Mizyen (9-5) by 2 1/4l, 6 ran.