La Bacouetteuse hasn't shown enough in bumpers nor maidens to suggest he's up to defying top-weight here and is readily opposed in favour of TILOS GEM. Mark Johnston's horse disappointed favourite backers at Hamilton but Joe Fanning returns to the plate and when the pair last combined here they took second off a 3lb higher mark. That was only in July and he's had excuses since so we're prepared to give him another chance following a break. Lady Bluesky seemed to improve for a greater test of stamina at Ayr and as she's unexposed over middle-distances the 1lb rise may not prove troublesome and she's a huge player along with Roydmore, an unexposed son of Doyen who really should be up to winning off this lowly rating. Sri Kuantan is in the doldrums but market support would be interesting while Dimashq had little excuse when behind our pick at Hamilton.
La Bacouetteuse (FR) 12-1 (9-11) Behind, outpaced 4f out, stayed on under pressure final 2f, never nearer, 8th of 15, 13l behind Mainland (9-11) at Ripon 1m 2f mdn stks (5) gd in Aug.
Tilos Gem (IRE) 10-3fav (10-9) Tracked leaders, led over 2f out, soon hard driven, headed lust inside final furlong, gradually weakened, 4th of 9, 8l behind Terenzium (9-10) at Hamilton 1m 5f am hcp 0-65 (6) gs in Aug.
Maid Of Meft 11-1 (9-2) Slowly into stride, held up towards rear,ridden over 1f out, soon headway, stayed on inside final furlong, 5th of 12, 2 3/4l behind Mohawk Ridge (9-11) at Ayr 1m 5f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Aug.
Carnac (IRE) 12-1 (9-6) Slowly into stride, soon prominent, ridden and every chance over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 12, 10l behind Pertemps Networks (9-9) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Lady Bluesky 7-2fav (9-1) Held up mid-division, ridden and headway well over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 4th of 12, 1 1/4l behind Mohawk Ridge (9-11) at Ayr 1m 5f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Aug.
Tiger King (GER) 50-1 (8-2) Slowly into stride, behind, 8th of 9, 12l behind Applaude (8-10) at Hamilton 1m 1f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jun.
Balance On Time (IRE) 33-1 (9-0) Mid-division, 8th halfway, ridden and no extra over 3f out, kept on one pace straight, 11th of 17, 41l behind Natural High (10-0) at Tipperary 1m 4f mdn stks hvy in Sep '09.
Dimashq 10-1 (9-5) Soon chasing leaders, led over 3f out, headed over 2f out, weakened approaching final furlong, last of 9, 31l behind Terenzium (9-10) at Hamilton 1m 5f am hcp 0-65 (6) gs in Aug.
Sri Kuantan (IRE) 25-1 (8-9) Slowly into stride, soon led,headed over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 12, 11l behind Mohawk Ridge (9-11) at Ayr 1m 5f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Aug.
Roydmore 20-1 (8-2) Mid-division, driven when not much room over 2f out, stayed on same pace from over 1f out, never near leaders, 7th of 10, 6l behind Gosforth Park (9-3) at Beverley 1m 4f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Aug.