VITORIA is taken to get the better of Bounty Box and Artisitic License in a competitive sprint handicap. Vitoria has benefitted from areturn to sprinting distances, and was a good winner last time. She may be well treated despite her penalty for that success, which followed a good second. Bounty Box is in good form and handles fast ground as she showed last time. She is 7lbs higher here but can go well. Artistic License won impressively at Goodwood but has been beaten twice since and the handicapper may have her in his grip as she is now 6lbs higher than her winning mark. A 6lb penalty may not be enough to stop Vitoria following up.
Carcinetto (IRE) 7-1 (8-11) Tracked leaders, driven 3f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on under pressure final furlong, took 3rd near finish, 3rd of 4, 2 1/2l behind Dijeerr (9-4) at Chester 1m cond Stakes (3) gf in Sep.
Vitoria (IRE) 11-4fav (9-1) Made all, ridden and edged left 1f out, soon clear, easily, won at Hamilton 6f flls hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Sep beating Kerrys Requiem (8-12) by 2 3/4l, 6 ran.
Bounty Box 11-4fav (8-2) Held up in touch, led over 1f out, ran on under pressure inside final furlong, won at Newmarket 6f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gf in Aug beating Sea Of Leaves (8-1) by nk, 16 ran.
Sea of Leaves (USA) 16-1 (9-4) Held up mid-division far side group, no impression final furlong, 10th of 25, 6l behind Kaldoun Kingdom (8-12) at Ayr 6f hcap (2) gd in Sep.
Artistic License (IRE) 7-2 (9-5) Outpaced in 5th, stayed on from over 1f out, no impression on leaders, 4th of 6, 3 1/2l behind Invincible Isle (8-5) at Pontefract 6f flls hcp 0-130 (3) gf in Sep.
Angus Newz 5-1 (9-6) Tracked leader until driven over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 6, 10l behind Invincible Isle (8-5) at Pontefract 6f flls hcp 0-130 (3) gf in Sep.
Filligree (IRE) 9-1 (8-6) Bumped start, ridden over 1f out, stayed on same pace, no impression, 8th of 12, 2 3/4l behind Hitchens (9-2) at Haydock 6f hcp 0-100 (2) gf in Sep.
Favourite Girl (IRE) 12-1 (8-8) Disputed lead to 2f out, soon ridden, weakened, 7th of 8, 14l behind Dark Mischief (8-11) at Haydock 6f stks 0-90 (3) gf in Sep.
Bahamian Babe 10-1 (8-10) Mid-division, driven and outpaced over 2f out, soon lost place, 12th of 15, 11l behind Noble Storm (9-6) at York 5f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gf in Aug.