Bert The Alert failed to follow-up a win at Lingfield in a lesser grade race here last time and Shalambar's course win back in March came over 1m4f. Royal Etiquette and Having A Ball are recent C&D winners though both are upped in class off higher marks today and Fairyinthewind makes more appeal as she can race off the same mark as when runner-up over track and trip last week. GUARDA PAMPA never threatened when third on her latest start but that was her first outing since June and she's fancied to find enough improvement to score on her handicap debut.
Bert The Alert 6-4fav (10-2) Led after about 1f, ridden 1f out, headed last 100 yards, no extra and lost 2 places close home, 4th of 12, 1 1/4l behind Royal Etiquette (9-7) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Oct.
Shalambar (IRE) 10-1 (9-2) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 15, 11l behind Timocracy (8-5) at Windsor 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Apr.
Height of Summer (IRE) 7-1 (9-12) Disputing close 3rd, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 7th of 11, 11l behind Positively (9-3) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Sep.
Daffydowndilly 9-1 (9-6) Mid-division, headway over 3f out, ridden over 2f out, kept on final furlong, nearest finish, 4th of 12, 5l behind Saint Irene (8-10) at Brighton 1m hcp 0-65 (6) hvy in Oct.
Sail Home 10-1 (9-10) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, edged right approaching final furlong, ran on, 3rd of 13, 3/4l behind Merry Jaunt (9-6) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp (0-65) (6) pol.
Royal Etiquette (IRE) 12-1 (9-7) Held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, led last 100 yards, kept on well, won at Kempton 1m 2f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Oct beating Barton Bounty (9-4) by 1l, 12 ran.
Fairyinthewind (IRE) 7-1 (8-12) Held up in touch, took keen hold, closed 2f out, went 2nd just over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, not able to get to winner, 2nd of 13, 1/2l behind Ancient Greece (9-9) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Having A Ball 14-1 (9-2) Tracked leaders, went 2nd over 1f out, soon ridden, led inside final furlong, kep ton well, won at Kempton 1m 2f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Oct beating Tenessee (9-9) by 1 1/4l, 13 ran.
Guarda Pampa 14-1 (8-12) Held up mid-division, ridden over 1f out, kept on to take 3rd towards finish, 3rd of 9, 8l behind Four Leaves (8-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f mdn fll (5) pol.
Final Delivery 50-1 (8-7) Slowly into stride, took keen hold in rear, never a factor, tailed off, 12th of 13, 33l behind Captain Cardington (8-10) at Windsor 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) hvy in Oct.