SAIGON CITY looks a typical Luca Cumani improver and has sneaked in here near the foot of the weights despite making a winning handicap debut at Yarmouth, where he had more in hand than the official margin suggests. He can double up though Defiant Spirit is even less exposed and got off the mark at Ffos Las on his third start while Magistral warrants a mention, though maybe hasn't made as much progress as initially anticipated. Loved One took a while to get the hang of things but eventually won over course and distance before finishing second on her handicap bow at Windsor and Al Mukhdam was just beaten when dropping into this grade at Catterick. Veeraya, Regal Silk and Freeport were all disappointing last time however.
Veeraya 4-1 (8-10) Mid-division, ridden and outpaced 2f out, never on terms, weakened final furlong, 8th of 10, 14l behind Correspondent (9-7) at Chester 1m 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gs in Aug.
Al Mukhdam 10-3 (9-6) Led, pushed along and headed over 1f out, soon ridden, kept on towards finish, 2nd of 6, 1/2l behind Skytrain (9-3) at Catterick 7f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Aug.
Regal Silk 9-1 (8-13) Tracked winner, ridden over 1f out, lost 2nd and weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 9, 4 1/2l behind Brownsea Brink (8-13) at Sandown 1m 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Aug.
Magistral 5-2 (9-5) Close up in last place, ridden to chase winner over 1f out, kept on same pace and lost 2nd inside final furlong, 3rd of 4, 9l behind Gabrial's Kaka (9-7) at Pontefract 1m 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Aug.
Loved One 2-1fav (9-6) Mid-division, ridden over 3f out, effort over 2f out, every chance 1f out, stayed on, 2nd of 8, 3/4l behind Janna's Jingle (9-0) at Windsor 1m flls hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Aug.
Woody Bay 12-1 (9-1) Raced keenly, mid-division on outside, lost place over 2f out, soon weakened, last of 14, 35l behind Ajman Bridge (9-3) at Pontefract 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Sep.
Freeport 3-1fav (9-4) Held up in last trio, pushed along 3f out, headway over 2f out, went modest 4th inside final furlong, 4th of 7, 7l behind Madame Elizabeth (8-8) at Bath 1m 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Sep.
Starlight Symphony (IRE) 7-1 (8-2) Tracked leaders, ridden 4f out, lost place over 2f out, soon behind, last of 8, 28l behind Lanansaak (8-8) at Ascot 1m flls hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Sep.
Mister Marcasite 11-2 (9-7) Steadied and awkward start, held up in 4th, outpaced over 2f out, no chance after, plugged on inside final furlong, 4th of 5, 7l behind Bousatet (8-8) at Newcastle 7f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gs in Sep.
Defiant Spirit 3-1 (9-5) Led early, soon tracking leaders, led again over 2f out, stayed on strongly, won at Ffos Las 1m mdn stks (4) sft in Sep beating Crow Down (9-10) by 2l, 5 ran.
Saigon City 6-1 (9-1) Mid-division, ridden and headway 2f out, led inside final furlong, stayed on, won at Yarmouth 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jul beating Qanan (10-0) by 1 1/4l, 7 ran.
Fraserburgh (IRE) 9-2 (9-5) Led, headed 8f out, ridden to lead again 2f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on, 2nd of 10, 3 1/2l behind Absent Amy (9-9) at Carlisle 1m 1f hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Sep.