The lightly raced filly STRAIGHT SETS is the pick to land this handicap after a solid handicap debut at Salisbury where she stayed appeared to get tapped for toe at a vital stage before staying on once again in the closing stages. Up only 1lb for that, she should be in the shake-up and a low draw will also benefit. Shotley Mac bids for the hat-trick here and the use of aggressive tactics has resulted in much improved form from Neville Bycroft's charge. This contest is much tougher to the one he won last time. Effigy is now 3lb worse off with Straight Sets having beaten the selection 1 1/2 lengths at Salisbury. Effigy looked a frustrating sort coming into that race but travelled up very smoothly in that race. He did recieve an enterprising ride from his young rider there and will not get things as easy on the front end here. Nesno drops back to one mile having won on the all-weather last time . His wide draw will make things difficult for him here while recent course and distance winner Ours is another to merit consideration. Straight Sets is taken to reverse Salisbury form with Effigy and win the finale.
Smarty Socks (IRE) 66-1 (8-13) Held up, ridden 2f out, soon weakened, 14th of 17, 23l behind Medici Pearl (8-12) at Redcar 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gs.
Shotley Mac 11-4fav (9-5) In touch, led over 2f out, shaken up and ran on final furlong, easily, won at Redcar 7f app hcp (5) gs beating Sea Salt (9-4) by 3l, 10 ran.
Straight Sets (IRE) 9-2 (9-9) Chased leader, ridden over 2f out, kept on well final furlong, 2nd of 12, 1 1/2l behind Effigy (9-1) at Salisbury 1m app hcp (5) gd.
Very Well Red 14-1 (9-6) Led, headed over 2f out, kept on one pace, 7th of 12, 1 1/2l behind Sotik Star (9-9) at Bath 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Aug.
Wavertree Warrior (IRE) 14-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, ridden 3f out, driven 2f out, kept on under strong pressure final furlong, 4th of 14, 2l behind Fiefdom (8-10) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Aug.
Effigy 5-2fav (9-1) Prominent, led 3f out, ridden 2f out, ran on well final furlong, won at Salisbury 1m app hcp (5) gd beating Straight Sets (9-9) by 1 1/2l, 12 ran.
Society Music (IRE) 17-2 (9-10) Mid-division, ridden over 3f out, one pace final furlong, 5th of 12, 6l behind Tanforan (8-5) at Haydock 1m app hcp (5) gs in Aug.
Nesno (USA) 4-1 (9-7) Made virtually all, ridden 2f out, edged right and kept on, won at W'hampton 1m 1f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Aug beating Lunar River (9-8) by 1 1/2l, 13 ran.
Palmetto Point 6-1 (9-2) In touch until weakened over 2f out, 9th of 12, 4l behind Sotik Star (9-9) at Bath 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Aug.
Hits Only Cash 7-1 (9-8) Raced stand side, slowly into stride, always behind, 6th in group, 8th of 12, 14l behind Hucking Harkness (8-9) at Folkestone 7f hcap (6) sft.
Drawn Gold 5-1 (8-11) Pulled hard, chased winner, ridden over 3f out, outpaced from over 1f out, 3rd of 7, 6l behind Snowed Under (9-8) at Leicester 1m 2f hcap (4) gf in Jul.
Lordship (IRE) 8-1 (9-11) Held up, effort on inside 3f out, driven 2f out, soon weakened, 6th of 7, 18l behind Shesha Bear (9-1) at Brighton 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) gs in Aug.
Packers Hill (IRE) 10-1 (9-5) Mid-division, headway 3f out, ridden and effort over 1f out, hung left and weakened final furlong, 10th of 18, 7l behind Efidium (8-7) at Redcar 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jul.
Ours (IRE) 6-1 (9-4) Slowly into stride, held up mid-division, headway on inside over 2f out, edged left and kept on final furlong, 5th of 11, 5l behind Russian Epic (9-13) at Leicester 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Aug.
San Silvestro (IRE) 16-1 (9-1) Held up in touch, ridden over 2f out, kept on final furlong, 5th of 9, 2l behind Mr Toshiwonka (9-3) at Beverley 7f hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Aug.
Fort Amhurst (IRE) 8-1 (9-9) In touch, ridden to chase leaders over 3f out, hung right, switched left inside final furlong, kept on, 4th of 13, 3 1/2l behind Nesno (9-7) at W'hampton 1m 1f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Aug.
Sea Storm (IRE) 28-1 (9-4) Towards rear, ridden over 3f out, no impression from over 1f out, 8th of 14, 7l behind Sands of Barra (8-10) at Ayr 7f hcap (5) sft.