Brian Meehan has his string in fine fettle at present so Dahaam has to be respected but he has yet to race as a three-year-old or a handicap and may be best watched first time up this term with a bigger danger looking to be the William Haggas-trained Kalk Bay, who won well enough at Chepstow in a maiden last time and makes his handicap debut today off a mark of 74. Preference though is for Roger Charlton's YABTREE, who was a good winner over course and distance in June, has run well in two subsequent starts since then and he looks worth backing to resume winning ways. David Elsworth's Flighty Frances has struggled in handicaps since winning her maiden at Wolverhampton in April, while Robert Cowell's Marosh has been knocking on the door but is probably too high in the weights. Yes Chef has shown improved form in recent starts and he should be thereabouts again but a better bet looks to be Yabtree.
Dahaam 11-8fav (9-3) Made all, quickened 2f out, ridden over 1f out, all out towards finish, always going to hold on, won at Kempton 1m 2yo mdn stks (4) pol in Oct beating Robust Wish (9-3) by 1/2l, 13 ran.
Ingleby Spirit 25-1 (8-0) Held up in 5th, losing place when hampered on inside well over 2f out, 11th of 15, 15l behind Beachfire (8-9) at Goodwood 1m 2f 3yo hcp (2) gd in Jul.
Veni Vedi Veci (IRE) 14-1 (9-0) Held up towards rear, ridden on outside 3f out, struggling soon after, last of 8, 23l behind Beachfire (9-7) at Sandown 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jul.
Flighty Frances (IRE) 12-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, kept on one pace, 6th of 9, 5l behind I'm A Dreamer (9-3) at Newmarket 1m flls hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jun.
Kalk Bay (IRE) 3-1 (9-3) Took keen hold early stages, held up in touch, pushed along 3f out, headway over 2f out, chased leader over 1f out, stayed on to lead last half furlong, driven out, won at Chepstow 7f mdn stks (5) gd beating Waabel (9-3) by nk, 14 ran.
Marosh (FR) 15-2 (9-9) Steadied start, took keen hold, held up and behind, headway over 1f out, never troubled leaders, 8th of 11, 6l behind Beaumont's Party (9-3) at Newmarket 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jul.
Yes Chef 8-1 (9-4) Held up, headway 5f out, ridden over 2f out, not clear run and switched left well over 1f out, went 2nd close home, no chance with winner, 2nd of 13, 4 1/2l behind Kingsdine (8-13) at Chepstow 7f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gs in Jul.
Yabtree (IRE) 5-1 (9-6) In touch, headway 2f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, headed 1f out, no impression in 3rd and dropped to 4th final 50 yards, 4th of 11, 3l behind Beaumont's Party (9-3) at Newmarket 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jul.
Whisper Wind 33-1 (9-4) Chased leaders, ridden over 3f out, soon outpaced, no impression after, 5th of 13, 12l behind Kingsdine (8-13) at Chepstow 7f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gs in Jul.