Although much higher in the weights than his last win, an encouraging second for SPEED DATING last time out may signal he is ready to resume winning ways. He likes to be held up and finishes strongly towards the finish whilst Veloso could set the early pace. Profit's Reality also likes to make most and this could see them burn each other out too early on and open the door for Sir Mark Prescott's charge to storm ahead in the latter stages.
Veloso (FR) 20-1 (9-9) Mid-division, outpaced 2f out, ridden and stayed on to chase leaders final furlong, no impression, 5th of 13, 5l behind Dubai Bounty (8-9) at Chester 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) gs.
Speed Dating 2-1fav (9-7) Held up in touch, good headway over 2f out, led narrowly well over 1f out, soon ridden, headed inside final furlong, no extra towards finish, 2nd of 6, 1 1/4l behind Resentful Angel (9-1) at Kempton 1m 3f app hcp (0-85) (4yo+) (4) pol.
Rock Soleil 10-1 (10-2) Led at steady pace, headed 9f out, remained prominent, led again 3f out, ridden, headed 2f out, weakened final furlong, 5th of 8, 8l behind Greenwich Village (9-2) at Lingfield 2m hcp (4) pol in Dec '08.
Miss Glitters (IRE) 14-1 (9-11) Held up, ridden over 3f out, weakened 2f out, 9th of 14, 12l behind L'Hirondelle (9-8) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jul.
Profit's Reality (IRE) 4-1 (9-4) Set steady pace, pressed from 3f out, headed over 2f out, soon ridden, one pace and hung left final furlong, 2nd of 3, 4l behind Run For Ede's (9-4) at Epsom Downs 1m 4f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Jul.
Amanda Carter 20-1 (9-12) Held up towards rear, pushed along over 4f out, ridden 2f out, kept on same pace final furlong, soon eased, 10th of 13, 9l behind Destinys Dream (9-12) at York 1m 2f flls hcp 0-130 (3) gf in Jul.
Proud Times (USA) 12-1 (9-3) Prominent, switched to raced stands side well over 2f out, ridden to challenge 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 7, 1 1/2l behind Bollin Felix (9-7) at Hamilton 1m 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Jul.
Bavarian Nordic (USA) 5-1 (9-10) Missed break, headway into mid-division on outside after 2f, tracked leading pair over 6f out, ridden when rider lost iron 2f out, soon lost place, weakened final furlong, 6th of 8, 15l behind Amir Pasha (8-11) at Haydock 1m 4f app hcp (5) sft.
Dunaskin (IRE) 7-1 (9-4) Slowly into stride and rousted along early, held up in rear, went 4th over 8f out, ridden over 2f out, soon hung right and weakened, last of 5, 16l behind Wadnaan (9-7) at Beverley 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jul.
Nave (USA) 10-3 (9-2) Tracked leading pair until slightly lost place over 5f out, rallied 3f out, stayed on to lead over 1f out, driven out, won at Bath 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) fm in Jul beating Park View (9-6) by 1l, 5 ran.