Not much recent winning form to go on apart from Songsmith's victory in a Brighton maiden last week and that doesn't look strong. Bold Ring won at the same track last month, but like April's Polytrack winner Pie Poudre, she's failed to threaten since. A chance is taken on ELLIE IN THE PINK, as the Kempton winner hasn't been disgraced in better company than this of late and can take advantage of the drop in class. Lilli Palmer, Aldo and Eastern Gift have also been thereabouts recently but are all dropping back in trip today.
Aldo 15-2 (9-6) Tracked leader, effort well over 2f out, gradually weakened, 5th of 11, 4l behind Addikt (9-0) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in May.
Eastern Gift 22-1 (8-5) Mid-division, headway and not clear run over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, not trouble leaders, 3rd of 15, 2 1/2l behind Conciliatory (9-7) at Brighton 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Knowe Head (NZ) 100-1 (9-11) In rear, ridden 3f out, headway 2f out, never on terms, 6th of 10, 13l behind Mrs Dee Bee (8-12) at Nottingham 1m mdn auc stks (6) gf in Jul.
Caldermud (IRE) 12-1 (9-7) Slowly into stride, outpaced towards rear, never on terms, 8th of 14, 25l behind Clever Omneya (9-4) at Southwell 7f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs.
Songsmith 2-1fav (9-3) Close up, ridden and every chance over 2f out, driven inside final furlong, stayed on to lead towards finish, won at Brighton 7f mdn hcap 0-65 (6) gd beating Mister Ben Vereen (9-2) by 3/4l, 5 ran.
Pie Poudre 10-1 (9-6) Removed hood late, very slowly away, always behind, tailed off, last of 16, well behind Sopran Nad (8-4) at Chepstow 7f hcp 0-60 (6) gs.
Links Drive Lady 9-1 (9-2) Towards rear, headway towards far side over 2f out, kept on one pace inside final furlong, 5th of 12, 8l behind Daneside (9-0) at Windsor 1m hcp 0-65 (6) gf.
Bold Ring 9-1 (9-4) Held up towards rear, headway far side inside final 3f, chased leaders 2f out, chased winner 1f out, no impression, 2nd of 12, 4 1/2l behind Daneside (9-0) at Windsor 1m hcp 0-65 (6) gf.
Byrd In Hand (IRE) 6-1 (8-12) Held up in touch, ridden and kept on from over 1f out, 5th of 15, 4 1/2l behind Madame Excelerate (9-2) at Sandown 1m app hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Jul.
Ellie In The Pink (IRE) 5-1 (7-12) Held up towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 4th of 8, 2 1/2l behind Queen Of Cash (9-3) at Warwick 7f flls hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Jul.
Lilli Palmer (IRE) 11-2 (9-1) Dwelt, in rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on towards finish, 2nd of 10, nk behind Kielty's Folly (8-12) at Kempton 1m app hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Jun.
Diddums 40-1 (7-8) In rear, never near leaders, 10th of 15, 12l behind Conciliatory (9-7) at Brighton 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Paperetto 10-1 (9-4) Held up in rear, headway over 1f out, stayed on well inside final furlong, never nearer, 4th of 13, 4l behind Diamond Run (8-13) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
So Choosy 20-1 (8-12) Mid-division in touch, outpaced 2f out, soon ridden, never on terms, 8th of 11, 9l behind Cape Classic (9-3) at Salisbury 6f mdn stks (5) gd in Jul.
Ippi N Tombi (IRE) 33-1 (8-9) Tracked leader, ridden over 1f out, kept on one pace, 4th of 6, 4l behind Chilledtothebone (9-3) at Yarmouth 1m 3yo sll (6) gd.