Denton is respected under his winners' penalty however AGAPANTHUS looks fairly handicapped still and is fancied to see off strong challenges from Lord Theo and Knotgarden. Barney Curley's gelding was well-held when last seen in the Cumberland Plate at Carlisle in June but on his earlier wins at Brighton and Sandown he is respected. This mark of 75 looks manageable and with rain not likely to be too much of a problem he is fancied to run a big race unless the market screams otherwise. Denton won tidily at Haydock for Simon Pearce and his 5lb claim will come in useful as the horse looks to defy top-weight, Lord Theo runs this track well and he caught the eye in defeat here last time out having been easy enough to back, whilst Manshoor looks well-handicapped and any market support would look significant. Knotgarden is an unexposed filly who had to dig deep to fend off My Manikato at Yarmouth last month. That form needs improving on if she is to defy a mark of 71 however her previous maiden form is stacking up well and she has the services of Kieren Fallon aboard today. Neil Callan won on Calahonda the last time he sat on her, Saviour Sand is consistent and looks fairly handicapped still, whilst Dynamic Idol is unexposed and respected although the drop in trip might be a negative. Zubova probably found the ground too slow at Ffos Las recently and might be worth another chance, Coiled Spring looks thrown-in racing off 63 if he takes to the visor, whilst Broughtons Paradis and Laconicos are consistent and likely to give backers a good run for their money. An interesting and competitive handicap then that can go the way of Agapanthus.
Denton (NZ) 4-1 (9-9) Chased leaders, ridden to lead over 1f out, stayed on well inside final furlong, won at Haydock 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Jul beating Amazing Blue Sky (9-6) by 3 1/2l, 11 ran.
Agapanthus (GER) 11-4fav (9-3) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened well over 1f out, 9th of 16, 11l behind Brushing (9-6) at Carlisle 1m 3f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Jun.
Lord Theo 13-2 (8-12) In touch, led over 2f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, kept on, 3rd of 10, 3l behind Critical Path (9-1) at Newmarket 1m 2f hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Jul.
Manshoor (IRE) 10-1 (9-13) Mid-division on outside, pushed along 4f out, struggling on outside 3f out, 10th of 13, 34l behind Resentful Angel (9-7) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Jul.
Knotgarden (IRE) 7-2 (9-7) Tracked leaders in 3rd, led approaching 4f out, ridden and hung right 2f out, just held on, won at Yarmouth 1m 1f mdn auc stks (6) gf in Jul beating My Manikato (9-3) by shd, 7 ran.
Calahonda 10-1 (9-2) Chased leading pair, ridden over 3f out, weakened rapidly over 2f out, 11th of 14, 24l behind Clockmaker (9-8) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jun.
Saviour Sand (IRE) 25-1 (8-13) Slowly into stride, soon switched left, in rear, headway when not clear run from 3f out until over 1f out, soon ridden, unable to quicken inside final furlong, 5th of 11, 2 3/4l behind Count Ceprano (7-11) at Newbury 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jul.
Dynamic Idol (USA) 5-1 (9-2) Tracked leaders, ridden and kept on same pace final 2f, 4th of 8, 6l behind Ashbrittle (8-13) at Hamilton 1m 3f mdn stks (5) gs in Jul.
Zubova 25-1 (7-8) Held up last, rapid headway round horses to chase leaders 5f out, ridden along and one pace final 2f, stayed on inside final furlong, just missed 3rd, 4th of 6, 6l behind Innocuous (8-3) at Ffos Las 1m hcp 0-95 (3) gs in Jul.
Coiled Spring 11-2 (9-7) Held up behind, outpaced over 3f out, soon ridden, never on terms, last of 7, 12l behind Hawridge King (9-10) at Salisbury 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jul.
Harlestone Times (IRE) 12-1 (8-6) Held up towards rear, pushed along over 3f out, never a factor, 10th of 13, 10l behind Flying Destination (8-12) at Sandown 1m 2f hcp 0-90 (3) gf in Jul.
Broughtons Paradis (IRE) 7-4fav (9-6) Chased winner, ridden over 1f out, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 6, 2l behind Snoqualmie Star (9-0) at Newmarket 1m 2f fll hcp (5) gf in Jul.
Laconicos (IRE) 13-2 (10-9) Prominent, ridden along 4f out, slightly outpaced when switched right 2f out, rallied inside final furlong, kept on again towards finish, 4th of 10, 2 1/2l behind Sula Two (10-2) at Newbury 1m 2f am hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Aussie Blue (IRE) 7-1 (9-2) Held up in rear, headway over 1f out, never on terms, 6th of 14, 7l behind Mr Chocolate Drop (8-8) at Redcar 1m hcp 0-65 (6) fm in Jul.
Sir Haydn 20-1 (7-11) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 5th of 10, 5l behind Musashi (9-1) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-60 (6) std in Mar.