LITTLE ELI may have only finished fourth at Haydock a fortnight ago but was beaten less than a length in a blanket finish. Dropping down a couple of grades for this, Eric Alston's charge gets the nod. Mandy Layla took advantage of a slide down the weights to end a long losing run at Hamilton last time. She's upped 3lb but remains on a decent mark compared to her best form. Tadalavil failed to cope with a 3lb rise at Newcastle last week for an earlier win at Ayr but Pavers Star went close in similar company over track and trip last time and can figure.
Little Eli 10-1 (8-9) Chased leader, led over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, one pace towards finish, 4th of 11, 1l behind Rich Again (8-9) at Haydock 5f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Jul.
Mandy Layla (IRE) 7-2fav (9-8) Prominent, ridden to lead over 1f out, headed narrowly inside final furlong, rallied to lead again post, won at Hamilton 5f hcp 0-60 (6) gd in Jul beating Busy Bimbo (8-8) by hd, 9 ran.
I'll Be Good 12-1 (9-7) Raced stand side, midfield, weakened halfway, 13th of 17, 14l behind Lady Poppy (8-13) at Thirsk 5f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jun.
Scoreline 4-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, driven over 2f out, soon beaten, 8th of 11, 11l behind The Dandy Yank (9-7) at Leicester 5f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jul.
Your Gifted (IRE) 20-1 (8-9) Slowly into stride, off the pace in 5th, headway into 4th over 1f out, ridden and kept on same pace inside final furlong, 4th of 6, 4l behind Pastureyes (9-6) at Doncaster 5f all hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jul.
Tadalavil 8-1 (8-12) Chased leaders center, pushed along and weakened over 1f out, 7th of 9, 7l behind Spring Bird (9-7) at Newcastle 5f hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Jul.
Pavers Star 16-1 (8-5) Led, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on, 2nd of 7, hd behind Windforpower (9-9) at Musselburgh 5f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jul.