GLADIATRIX been running well without success this season and just failed to catch Gabbiano at Ascot last week. A similar effort should see Rod Millman's filly come out best in this as collateral form gives her the beating of Tagula Night, a close second at Kempton recently. Swendab looks a bigger threat having failed by only a short-head with Frankie on board over track and trip last time. Howyadoingnotsobad has gone back up the weights after a couple of placed efforts and may have missed his chance while Griffin Point is facing a tougher task upped in class today.
Gladiatrix 5-1 (9-5) Always prominent, every chance over 1f out, kept on strongly closing stages, just failed, 2nd of 12, shd behind Gabbiano (9-5) at Ascot 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Jul.
Tagula Night (IRE) 6-1 (9-3) Tracked leader, challenged over 1f out, every chance inside final furlong, kept on and held near finish, 2nd of 11, nk behind Arctic Lynx (9-4) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Jul.
West Coast Dream 6-1 (9-5) Led over 3f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 8th of 9, 9l behind Blanc De Chine (9-12) at Windsor 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jul.
First In Command (IRE) 20-1 (8-4) Soon chased leaders, no impression under pressure and kept on same pace inside final furlong, 13th of 21, 4l behind Whozthecat (8-6) at Curragh 5f hcp gf in Jul.
Swendab (IRE) 4-1 (9-8) Held up, headway 4f out, ridden to lead 1f out, headed towards finish, 2nd of 10, shd behind Triple Dream (9-2) at Newbury 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jul.
Howyadoingnotsobad (IRE) 6-1 (8-2) Chased winner, not much room over 1f out, kept on and well held towards finish, 2nd of 8, 2 1/2l behind Monumental Man (8-13) at Epsom Downs 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jul.
Angel Way (IRE) 16-1 (8-12) Towards rear, ridden over 2f out, no impression, 6th of 7, 7l behind Minalisa (9-9) at Yarmouth 6f hcp 0-90 (3) gf in Jul.
Griffin Point (IRE) 7-2fav (8-13) Chased leaders, driven over 2f out, ridden and stayed on same pace final furlong, never on terms, 4th of 8, 2 1/2l behind Catflap (8-9) at Windsor 5f app hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jul.