Last Sovereign returned to form in a claimer over 6f at Ripon last time and will find this tougher. Fratellino is preferred on his recent efforts in Listed company and the two recent Sandown winners, Doctor Parkes and Rebecca Romero, can both be given a chance. AVON BREEZE will need to improve again after her latest win at Carlisle but given she's shown progressive form all year, Richard Whitaker's filly gets the speculative vote to defy another 5lb rise. Midnight Rider makes a belated seasonal debut off a higher mark after ending last season with a win at Warwick but soft ground would be more to his liking.
Last Sovereign 11-8fav (9-0) Tracked leaders, headway over 1f out, driven to lead entering final furlong, soon ridden clear, stayed on well, won at Ripon 6f clm stks (5) gf in Jun beating Tajneed (8-13) by 4l, 7 ran.
Fratellino 12-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, ridden and not quicken over 1f out, driven and stayed on towards finish, 4th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Ladies Are Forever (8-12) at Lingfield 5f Listed stks (1) pol in Mar.
Doctor Parkes 7-1 (9-2) Chased leading pair on rail, switched left entering final 2f, ridden and went 2nd over 1f out, ran on to lead final 100 yards, driven out, won at Sandown 5f hcp 0-95 (3) gf beating Joe Packet (9-8) by 1/2l, 14 ran.
Midnight Rider (IRE) 5-1 (9-7) Held up, headway going well from 2f out, shaken up to lead towards finish, cosily, won at Warwick 6f hcp (3) sft in Oct beating Best Trip (9-6) by 3/4l, 14 ran.
Bosun Breese 8-1 (9-11) Led, headed over 1f out, soon ridden and weakened, 8th of 10, 6l behind Midnight Dynamo (8-13) at Ayr 5f hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Jun.
Baddilini 40-1 (8-1) Slowly into stride, chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, lost place over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 11th of 13, 10l behind Tropics (9-3) at Windsor 6f hcp 105 (2) gd in Jun.
Avon Breeze 7-2fav (9-6) Slowly into stride, held up, headway over 1f out, soon not clear run, ran on inside final furlong, led close home, won at Carlisle 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Jun beating Rylee Mooch (8-13) by shd, 10 ran.
Rebecca Romero 9-1 (9-4) Held up in rear, headway and switched left over 1f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, ran on, won at Salisbury 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jun beating Asian Trader (9-8) by 1/2l, 12 ran.
Appointee (IRE) (8-12) 98th of 14, 4 1/2l behind Madone (8-12) at Deauville(FR) 7f 3yo stks fbs in Oct.
My Son Max 5-1 (9-11) Towards rear, headway 1f out, ridden and kept on inside final furlong, 4th of 8, 7l behind Nasharra (9-3) at Haydock 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Rocket Rob (IRE) 11-2 (9-2) In rear, pushed along over 3f out, never dangerous, last of 7, 7l behind Tax Free (9-11) at Newmarket 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Jun.