Ross Birkett was on board when AUTOMOTIVE scored over track and trip last month. He won by over four lengths on that occasion so a 5lb higher mark may not be enough to prevent a repeat. Bountiful Girl finished third in one of these events at Salisbury last time but has something to prove over today's longer trip and recent Windsor winner Minority Interest makes more appeal. Khelac may get involved while both Herod The Great and Samoan have more scope than the others.
Samoan (IRE) 16-1 (9-12) Held up, headway 2f out, ridden and stayed on final furlong, not trouble leaders, 3rd of 11, 7l behind Venue (9-0) at Salisbury 1m 2f mdn stks (5) gf in Jun.
Bountiful Girl 20-1 (10-8) Tracked leaders, effort 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace in 3rd final furlong, no impression, 3rd of 8, 2l behind Harbour Captain (10-6) at Salisbury 1m am hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jul.
Only You Maggie (IRE) 25-1 (11-4) Dwelt in rear, ridden over 2f out, kept on, never near leaders, 6th of 12, 8l behind Gucci D'oro (10-7) at Catterick 1m 4f am hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jul.
Herod The Great 13-2 (9-5) Keen in touch, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 6, 26l behind Vital Evidence (9-5) at Sandown 1m 2f 3yo mdn (5) gd in Jun.
Khelac 4-1 (8-5) Tracked leader, ridden over 2f out, hung right over 1f out, one pace final furlong, 4th of 7, 6l behind Hunting Rights (9-4) at Epsom Downs 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jul.
Minority Interest 16-1 (8-9) Led, ridden and hard pressed over 2f out, headed narrowly over 1f out, rallied inside final furlong, led again towards finish, won at Windsor 1m 2f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jul beating Certavi (9-3) by 1/2l, 11 ran.
Cuckoo Rock (IRE) 9-1 (10-9) Prominent, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 12, 4 1/2l behind Josie's Dream (9-13) at Warwick 1m 5f am hcp 0-60 (6) gd in Jun.
Automotive 3-1fav (9-4) Tracked leaders, went 2nd over 9f out, led 3f out, headed over 1f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 4th of 8, 4 1/2l behind Stag Hill (9-1) at Ffos Las 1m 4f app hcp (6) gf in Jul.
Shahrazad 15-2 (10-4) Chased leaders, led 5f out until 3f out, chased leader until weakened quickly 2f out, 9th of 10, 21l behind Loyal N Trusted (10-9) at Salisbury 7f am hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jun.
Rapid Water 25-1 (9-6) Took keen hold tracking leaders, pushed along over 3f out, weakened approaching final 2f, soon behind and eased final furlong, last of 8, 25l behind Taro Tywod (9-8) at Bath 1m 2f hcp 0-60 (6) fm in Jul.
Justcallmehandsome 25-1 (8-4) Started slowly, behind, headway on wide outside 5f out, pushed along in 3rd over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 10, 12l behind Final Delivery (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Apr.