Broughtons Swinger and Eagle Nebula are both chasing hat-tricks but are creeping up the weights and up against a much-improved performer in RAJNAGAN. Paul Webber's French import has already won four times over hurdles this year and justified strong market support when switching his attentions to the Flat at Newbury last month. That's earned him a penalty here but he is still hard to oppose in his current mood. Hot Spice has something to prove after a poor effort when favourite at Pontefract but Laconicos came back to form at Lingfield and has place claims again here along with the consistent Wily Fox.
Deadly Silence (USA) 20-1 (8-12) Held up towards rear, niggled along 5f out, some headway on far rail 3f out, never on terms, tailed off, 9th of 14, 37l behind Veiled (9-2) at Newmarket 1m 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in May.
Strike Force 8-1 (9-10) Held up towards rear, effort over 2f out, never dangerous, 14th of 15, 10l behind Madame Excelerate (9-2) at Sandown 1m app hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Jul.
Wily Fox 11-4 (11-1) Led after 1f, hung left over 2f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 8, 5l behind Bavarica (11-0) at Newmarket 1m 4f am hcp (0-70) (4yo+) (5) gd in May.
Broughtons Swinger 3-1 (8-12) Tracked leader 4f, stayed in 3rd, led over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, pushed along and always just doing enough towards finish, won at Windsor 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Jun beating Edgewater (10-0) by nk, 7 ran.
Myboyalfie (USA) 8-1 (9-3) Steadied to rear, ridden over 3f out, never a factor, 6th of 10, 11l behind Making Eyes (9-2) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Jul.
Burning Stone (USA) 40-1 (9-6) Held up in touch, weakened over 2f out, 11th of 20, 16l behind Captain Ramius (10-2) at Ascot 7f ladys hcp 0-90 (3) gs in Jul.
Eagle Nebula 11-2 (9-8) Held up, not clear run briefly 5f out, headway over 3f out, ridden to chase leader well over 1f out, stayed on under pressure inside final furlong, led close home, won at Windsor 1m 4f Classified Selling Stakes (0-65) (3yo+) (6) gf in Jul beating Urban Kode (8-8) by nk, 8 ran.
Rajnagan (IRE) 5-4fav (10-4) Tracked leading pair, went 2nd 3f out, led entering final 2f, pushed along inside final furlong, stayed on and always holding on, won at Newbury 1m 2f am hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Jul beating Swift Blade (10-8) by 1/2l, 9 ran.
Baoli 20-1 (9-4) Dwelt in rear, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 6, 18l behind Destiny Of Dreams (9-3) at Folkestone 1m 2f fll hcp (5) gs.
Royal Straight 11-2 (9-8) Slowly away, in rear, pushed along over 3f out, ridden and headway over 1f out, one pace, 5th of 8, 8l behind I'm Super Too (9-10) at Hamilton 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Jul.
Cheddar George 11-2 (9-4) Chased leaders, lost place 6f out, ridden over 3f out, soon weakened, tailed off, last of 11, well behind One Oi (8-12) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Dec.
Laconicos (IRE) 8-1 (9-4) Held up in touch, ridden over 2f out, chased winner inside final furlong, never able to challenge, 2nd of 13, 2 1/4l behind Fastinthestraight (9-9) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp (6) pol in Jul.
Hot Spice 7-4fav (9-1) Held up towards rear, hampered after 1f, some late headway, never nearer, 8th of 15, 17l behind Betteras Bertie (9-1) at Pontefract 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Jul.
Silent Applause 11-1 (9-1) Raced wide mid-division, ridden 3f out, soon weakened, last of 10, 23l behind Muwalla (9-4) at Leicester 1m 4f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jul.
Invent 11-1 (8-7) Always towards rear, never a factor, 6th of 10, 17l behind Yensi (9-10) at Windsor 1m hcp 0-65 (6) gf.
Back For Tea (IRE) 80-1 (8-9) Went right start, took keen hold, chased leader until over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, tailed off and eased, 8th of 9, 45l behind Certral (8-6) at Newmarket 1m 3yo clm (5) gf in Jun.