Mick Channon's La Gifted now seems to be in the grip of the handicapper following her wins at Wolverhampton and Catterick last month and a better bet looks to be ANNES ROCKET, who gets the vote ahead of Rockfield Lodge. Ian Williams has his team in good order and the son of Stravinsky has run better in recent starts and has been given a chance by the handicapper having been dropped another 3lbs since his most recent start. Boss Hog often flatters to deceive and tends not to find a great deal at the end of his races so a bigger threat may come from Loyal Royal. Milton Bradley's gelding has only won twice from 45 starts but he has gone close in each of his last two outings and should be thereabouts again. David Arbuthnot's Leelu won her maiden here well enough earlier this month but is likely to struggle back in a handicap off a mark of 56 and a better bet may be Annes Rocket. The four-year-old has to be race off a 5lb higher mark than when successful over course and distance in a handicap last time but that is a fair rise and he is taken to follow up.
Annes Rocket (IRE) 15-2 (9-4) Held up, good headway over 1f out, stayed on well to lead inside final furlong, won at Kempton 7f hcp (6) pol beating Vanadium (9-4) by 1l, 14 ran.
Loyal Royal (IRE) 5-1 (8-13) Took keen hold, held up, good headway on inside well over 1f out, chased winner 1f out, ran on one pace, 2nd of 11, 1/2l behind Connor's Choice (8-13) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
La Gifted 6-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, ridden and every chance over 1f out, soon one pace, 5th of 12, 4l behind Dinner Date (9-7) at Kempton 1m hcp (0-65) (6) pol.
Boss Hog 8-1 (9-3) In touch, led over 2f out, headed approaching final furlong, kept on same pace, 2nd of 13, 2 1/4l behind Business Class (9-5) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Sep.
Vanadium 11-2 (9-2) Held up in rear, driven and headway over 1f out, never troubled leaders, 7th of 11, 3 1/2l behind The History Man (9-1) at Bath 6f hcp 0-58 (6) gd.
Eliza Doolittle 8-1 (9-2) Held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, driven and kept on under pressure inside final furlong, not pace to challenge, 4th of 15, 3l behind Another Try (9-5) at Yarmouth 6f hcp 0-60 (6) gf.
Leelu 12-1 (8-12) Always prominent, led 2f out, hard ridden inside final furlong, held on all out, won at Kempton 7f mdn auc stks (5) pol beating Sermons Mount (9-3) by nk, 12 ran.
Rockfield Lodge (IRE) 6-1 (8-11) Chased leaders, every chance 2f out, ridden to chase winner over 1f out, unable to quicken towards finish, 3rd of 15, 1 1/4l behind Cwmni (8-1) at Bath 6f sell stks (5) gd in Jul.
Djalalabad (FR) 12-1 (9-1) Held up mid-division, headway over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 4th of 13, 2 1/2l behind Signora Frasi (9-1) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-52 (6) pol.
Copperwood 9-1 (8-4) Held up, soon pushed along, ridden over 2f out, never troubled leaders, 6th of 8, 6l behind Xpres Maite (9-4) at Yarmouth 7f hcp 0-70 (5) gd in May.
Russian Angel 10-1 (8-4) Led, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, weakened final 100 yards, 5th of 12, 3 1/2l behind Magroom (9-6) at Chepstow 1m hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Sep.
Ishibee (IRE) 33-1 (8-0) Tracked leaders, switched right half way, soon pushed along, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 10, 7l behind Even Bolder (9-0) at Goodwood 5f all hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Nun Today (USA) 18-1 (8-11) Behind, never nearer, 8th of 14, 4l behind Fitz (9-0) at Lingfield 7f hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Sep.
Moneysupermarket (IRE) 16-1 (8-1) Edged slightly left soon after start, held up in rear, not much room on inside well over 3f out, never near leaders, 7th of 10, 7l behind Rainy Night (9-1) at Wolverhampton 5f 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) std in Sep.