AIKEN opened his account at Chester last month despite still showing signs of inexperience. He should be even better suited to this track and gets the nod on his handicap debut ahead of the other recent maiden winner Misty Isles. The latter landed the odds at Brighton in good style last time and she looks sure to make another bold. Mr Perceptive had Rastaban five lengths behind when runner-up over C&D recently and he'll be thereabouts at the finish, while Guisho should be capable of better stepping up in trip for his first start in a handicap.
Misty Isles 8-11fav (8-9) Tracked leader, led after 2f, brought field to stands side straight, ridden when clear over 1f out, very easily, won at Brighton 1m 2f mdn stks (5) gd in Jun beating Informed Award (9-0) by 6l, 5 ran.
Orientalist 11-1 (9-2) Chased leading pair, ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 9th of 14, 6l behind Cool Macavity (8-8) at Sandown 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Mr Perceptive (IRE) 16-1 (8-11) Held up towards rear, headway 2f out, not clear run and switched left over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, went 2nd close home, kept on, 2nd of 14, 3/4l behind Cool Macavity (8-8) at Sandown 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Rastaban 4-1fav (8-13) Held up in last quartet, headway under pressure on outside over 1f out, never troubled leaders, 8th of 14, 6l behind Cool Macavity (8-8) at Sandown 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Aiken 5-2fav (9-1) Dwelt, in rear, effort over 2f out, headway on outer over 1f out, kept on to lead towards finish, won at Chester 1m 2f mdn stks (4) sft in Jun beating Number Theory (8-8) by 1/2l, 6 ran.
Guisho (IRE) 13-2 (9-0) Raced wide in touch, hampered 6f out and took keen hold, ridden 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 12th of 15, 11l behind Mujrayaat (9-0) at Haydock 1m mdn stks (5) gf in Jun.
Silken Thoughts 3-1fav (8-10) Towards rear, headway over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, nearest finish, 4th of 10, 1 3/4l behind Loving Thought (8-11) at Lingfield 7f 3yo fll hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Jun.