Mark Johnston's Life's Challenge created a favourable impression when making a winning debut in a Pontefract maiden last month but she is likely to find this more difficult first time in a handicap off a mark of 82 and a better bet may be SEQUILLO, who gets the vote ahead of Nbhan. Luca Cumani's colt has been placed in his last four starts, two of which have been over course and distance, and he should again be thereabouts in this company. Jeremy Noseda's Senses won his maiden here in June and has run creditably in two handicaps since then so he cannot be discounted but more solid claims are held by Henry Cecil's Something Perfect, who has run to a consistent level of form in recent starts in handicaps and is seemingly improving. He has every chance off the same mark as on his last four starts and should not be far away at the end of the race. John Gosden's Nawaadi ran better when chasing home Master Fong in a handicap over course and distance last time but a 2lb rise for that run makes this more difficult and preference is for Sequillo. Richard Hannon's colt has shown progressive form this term, including over course and distance, and he looks worth siding with to resume winning ways.
Sequillo 20-1 (8-6) In rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, ran on, not reached leading pair, 3rd of 15, 3l behind Highly Regal (8-6) at Kempton 1m hcp (2) pol.
Directorship 10-1 (9-7) Held up towards rear, headway to track leaders halfway, ridden 2f out, weakened final furlong, 6th of 7, 5l behind Marching Time (9-7) at Salisbury 1m 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Aug.
Life's Challenge (USA) 13-2 (8-10) Tracked leaders, ridden to lead over 1f out, soon in command, pushed clear final furlong, comfortably, won at Pontefract 1m mdn stks (4) gf in Aug beating Landofthefourones (9-1) by 7l, 8 ran.
Something Perfect (USA) 7-1 (8-11) Held up last, headway 2f out, chased winner 1f out, edged right entering final furlong, swished tail repeatedly under pressure, always held inside final furlong, 2nd of 5, 3/4l behind Midnight Cruiser (9-7) at Windsor 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Jun.
Russian George (IRE) 7-2 (9-2) Slowly into stride, held up in touch, outpaced over 3f out, headway over 1f out, ran on final furlong, not reached winner, 2nd of 5, 3/4l behind Royal Defence (9-7) at Ripon 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Aug.
Decision 6-1 (8-13) Soon led, headed over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 10th of 12, 7l behind Embsay Crag (8-0) at Chester 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gf in Aug.
Nbhan (USA) 4-7fav (9-1) Keen, led, ridden headed 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 3rd of 4, 3/4l behind Formula (9-1) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f mdn stks 0-80 (5) pol in Aug.
Senses (USA) 6-1 (9-0) Held up in rear, outpaced over 4f out, stayed on final furlong, 5th of 8, 4 1/2l behind Stanstill (9-5) at Ascot 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Jul.
Calaloo (IRE) 14-1 (9-2) Slowly away, took keen hold, traced leader over 1f, challenged from 2f out, ridden and every chance when wandered over 1f out, not look keen and no extra, well inside final furlong, 5th of 11, 3 1/2l behind Jawaab (9-8) at Warwick 1m 3f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Aug.
Nawaadi (USA) 7-1 (9-6) Pressed leader, took narrow advantage over 2f out, driven final furlong, headed towards finish, 2nd of 5, 1/2l behind Master Fong (9-5) at Sandown 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Aug.
Swift Chap 15-2 (9-3) In touch on outside, driven along 3f out, one pace final 2f, 7th of 11, 5l behind Hawk's Eye (9-9) at Lingfield 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) fm in Aug.
Colangnik (USA) 11-1 (9-6) Always behind, 13th of 15, 13l behind It's Dubai Dolly (9-7) at Newbury 1m 2f 3yo fll hcp 0-75 (5) gs in Aug.