SPEED DATING is hard to oppose here and gets the vote to beat Dancing Jest and Bollin Dolly. Sir Mark Prescott's charge has really improved of late, winning three of his last six starts and filling second on the other three occasions, and the manner of his Wednesday success at Kempton suggests there's more to come. Of course this is an altogether different test but he has form on the turf and his trainer is an expert at placing his horses; he looks to have found another winning opportunity for Speed Dating under a penalty, with this trip his best. Dancing Jest has conditions to suit and arrives here fresh having been given a break since winning at Lingfield. She's still competitively treated returned to turf and could get an easy time out in front, therefore rates a threat to all. Bollin Dolly was beaten only by a fine Paul Hanagan ride last time but has been raised another 2lbs to a mark six higher than her Ripon success in May and that appears harsh. Folio had been plummeting down the weights before taking second to a rejuvenated rival last time but is another to be punished by the assessor for taking second and the veteran may struggle, Laish Ya Hajar may be found out by his 5lb rise as this race looks much tougher than the one he won at Chepstow while Truly Asia didn't look to stay this distance on his sole try over it. Speed Dating is in fantastic form and should continue his winning spree.
Monte Cavallo (SAF) 33-1 (9-7) Slowly away, never on terms, 9th of 13, 7l behind Agapanthus (9-0) at Sandown 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Truly Asia (IRE) 16-1 (8-11) In rear, ridden over 3f out, headway when not clear run 1f, kept on one pace, 8th of 14, 9l behind Dukes Art (9-0) at Sandown 1m hcp 0-90 (3) gf.
Bollin Dolly 11-4 (8-11) Tracked winner, ridden to challenge 2f out, stayed on and every chance final furlong, held near finish, 2nd of 5, nk behind Tepmokea (9-1) at Ripon 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Speed Dating 11-10fav (8-10) Held up last, staeady headway on outside over 2f out, closed to chase leader over 1f out, stayed on stoutly to lead final 100 yards, won going away, won at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol beating Scamperdale (9-2) by 1 1/2l, 8 ran.
Laish Ya Hajar (IRE) 7-2 (9-4) Made all, shaken up 2f out, ran on, won at Chepstow 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Jun '09 beating Man Of Gwent (9-0) by 3l, 8 ran.
Valmari (IRE) 33-1 (9-6) Held up, never near leaders, 5th of 8, 13l behind Dovedon Angel (7-11) at Lingfield 1m 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Sircozy (IRE) 7-2fav (11-6) Prominent, ridden 3f out, weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 15, 8l behind Bavarica (11-2) at Newbury 1m 2f am hcp (0-70) (4yo+) (5) gf.
Dancing Jest (IRE) 20-1 (8-9) Made all, pushed along over 1f out, ridden inside final furlong, ran on gamely, edged left towards finish, won at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in May beating Rocky's Pride (9-1) by 2l, 9 ran.
Sonny Parkin 50-1 (8-9) Held up towards rear, weakened over 2f out, 11th of 13, 26l behind Crazy Chris (9-8) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Nov.
Folio (IRE) 6-1 (8-8) Held up in rear, ridden over 2f out, switched left over 1f out, ran on to go 2nd inside final furlong, no chance with winner, 2nd of 9, 1 1/2l behind Scamperdale (8-10) at Leicester 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in May.