With a good course record and more promised after just a couple of starts this campaign we'll side with DREAM OF OLWYN in this closing handicap, in preference to hat-trick seeking Miss Sophisticat and the potentially well treated Rio Guru. Versatile as far as the ground is concerned the selection has scored on both of his previous visits here and both were over course and distance. He was just headed by the re-opposing I'm In The Pink last time but is weighted to reverse that result and with this just his third start of the season it's not unreasonable to suggest he'll show us more. Miss Sophisticat is on a roll and easily scored last time under a penalty to set up this hat-trick bid. She now looks to have plenty to do under her increased burden even with a good conditional removing a valuable five pounds. Rio Guru is now at a career low mark but has hinted at some form recently so should go better while Applaude is consistent but his best has been in plating company. It's a competitive end to the card but Dream Of Olwyn looks marginally the best treated.
Miss Sophisticat 9-2 (8-11) Tracked leader, ridden to lead over 1f out, edged right inside final furlong, in command final 100 yards, won at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) pol beating Cry Alot Boy (9-8) by 1 1/4l, 7 ran.
Monreale (GER) 33-1 (8-9) Held up well in rear, kept on final furlong and never nearer, 7th of 11, 6l behind King Charles (9-9) at Newbury 1m 2f hcp 0-95 (3) gs in Jul.
Dream of Olwyn (IRE) 11-8fav (10-7) Tracked leaders, led over 3f out, driven headed and no extra inside final furlong, 2nd of 8, 1 3/4l behind I'm In The Pink (10-5) at Haydock 1m 2f ladies hcp 0-70 (5) gs in May.
I'm In The Pink (FR) 10-1 (10-0) Slowly into stride, close up after 2f, chased leader over 3f out, ridden and every chance over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 13, 21l behind Just Like Silk (9-11) at Newbury 1m 4f ladys hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Aug.
Golden Rock (IRE) 16-1 (8-3) Always towards rear, never a factor, 10th of 15, 6l behind Decision (8-6) at Windsor 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Oct.
Applaude 7-2fav (8-12) Dwelt, behind, headway on outside over 2f out, soon ridden and hung badly right to stands side rail, stayed on well inside final furlong, 3rd of 12, 6l behind Cool Baranca (8-13) at Ayr 1m 1f clm stks 0-70 (5) gd in Oct.
Rio Guru (IRE) 15-2 (8-6) Held up, ridden and outpaced over 2f out, soon no impression, edged left and weakened final furlong, 5th of 6, 16l behind Gripsholm Castle (9-8) at Haydock 1m 2f flls hcp 0-130 (3) gf in Sep.
Spear Thistle 40-1 (9-7) Behind mid-division, ridden 3f out, lost touch and weakened over 2f out, tailed off, last of 9, 33l behind Novikov (9-9) at Sandown 1m 2f hcap (4) gd in Aug '08.
Agapanthus (GER) 20-1 (8-9) Held up mid-division, lost place over 4f out, last of 11, 25l behind Nevada Desert (9-0) at Doncaster 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) gs in Oct.
Along The Nile 66-1 (9-1) Dwelt, held up always behind, 12th of 14, 33l behind Bollin Dolly (8-13) at Pontefract 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Oct.
Desert Vision 28-1 (8-0) Held up, never dangerous, 7th of 11, 5l behind Nevada Desert (9-0) at Doncaster 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) gs in Oct.
Dubburg (USA) 10-1 (9-2) Held up in rear, pushed along halfway, headway over 1f out, went 3rd entering final furlong, kept on, 3rd of 10, 4 1/2l behind Black Rain (9-10) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Oct.
Croeso Cusan 8-1 (8-12) Held up mid-division, headway over 2f out, every chance inside last, no extra towards finish, 2nd of 13, 3/4l behind On The Loose (8-10) at Ayr 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) sft in Oct.