Not the most straightforward start for punters but AUTOMOTIVE should deliver a strong showing for the ever-improving Shelley Birkett, The gelding followed up a snug Newbury success with a respectable effort two weeks later off a 4lb higher mark behind Oratorio's Joy at Leicester and all three career successes for Julia Feilden's charge have come over 9-10f on good ground. Left on an unchanged mark after that run in the Midlands, the son of Beat Hollow is expected to be in the mix in an open contest. Vodka Wells looks rather harshly treated on what he's achieved but is one of few potential improvers on show whereas Who's That Chick, seems on a fair mark. She's solid and consistent and warrants respect along with Enriching and Highlife Dancer, both of whom have been performing well enough to contend with trip and ground suitable for both.
Vodka Wells (FR) 5-1 (9-13) Mid-division, lost place over 3f out, headway 2f out, went 2nd over 1f out, no chance with winner, 2nd of 8, 11l behind Rocket Ship (9-0) at Catterick 1m 4f mdn auc stks (5) gf.
Who's That Chick (IRE) 11-8fav (9-2) Tracked leading pair, went 2nd 4f out, ridden over 2f out, led and edged left over 1f out, driven out, won at Brighton 1m hcp 0-70 (5) fm beating Byrd In Hand (8-5) by 1 1/2l, 5 ran.
Speedy Writer 5-1 (9-7) Steadied start, took keen hold and held up in last pair, outpaced over 3f out, behind and no chance after, last of 6, 23l behind Bertie Moon (9-5) at Windsor 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gs.
Automotive 9-4 (9-2) Held up in rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, not trouble leaders, 3rd of 6, 2l behind Oratorio's Joy (9-7) at Leicester 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jun.
Enriching (USA) 6-1 (9-10) Led early, chased leaders, led over 2f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 2nd of 4, 3l behind Beakers N Num Nums (9-3) at Yarmouth 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) fm.
Highlife Dancer 20-1 (9-2) Tracked leaders, ridden over 3f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 13, 2 3/4l behind If I Were A Boy (9-2) at Windsor 1m 2f hcp 0-65 (6) gf.
Black Minstrel (IRE) 5-4fav (9-2) Held up in rear, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, last of 8, 36l behind Filament Of Gold (8-12) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Beep 14-1 (8-8) Towards rear, ridden 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, not trouble leaders, 4th of 7, 4l behind Panettone (9-1) at Windsor 1m 2f fll hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jun.
Nelson Quay (IRE) 11-4fav (9-0) Mid-division, headway over 3f out, every chance when hung left from over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 10, 20l behind Auden (9-6) at Brighton 1m 2f hcp 0-60 (6) gd in May.
Ela Goog La Mou 3-1 (8-11) Led, soon clear, reduced advantage over 2f out, ridden and headed 2f out, kept on under pressure, no impression with winner final 100 yards, 2nd of 5, 7l behind Elizabeth Coffee (8-9) at Doncaster 1m 2f fll hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jun.
Mad About Harry (IRE) 14-1 (9-1) Never travelled in rear and soon detached, last of 9, well behind Legends (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Sep.
Hallingham 12-1 (9-0) Tracked leader, ridden over 2f out to challenge, kept on inside final furlong, 4th of 8, 3l behind April Ciel (9-7) at Chepstow 1m 2f hcp 0-65 (6) gf.
Roxy Lane 4-1 (8-2) Tracked leaders, ridden over 3f out, faded inside final furlong, 6th of 8, 9l behind Specialty (9-5) at Yarmouth 1m hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jun.
Cappielow Park 5-4fav (8-12) Slowly into stride, in touch, effort over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 7, 6l behind Maoi Chinn Tire (9-5) at Nottingham 1m 6f hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Jun.