SPECIAL CUVEE has the form in the book and although he has plenty of weight to carry he still looks to be the percentage call; the shortlist is made up of Ask Dan, Mintoe, King's Chorister and Digit. The selection has struggled to make an impact on his last two starts, but they were in better races and he should find this company easier off a mark of 65. Seb Sanders is back on board (rode him to victory at Folkestone in March) and a big run is expected. Shared Moment was an emphatic winner last time out at Nottingham; she has a little to find with the selection on their run at Yarmouth in April but has improved since and must be considered a big danger. Ask Dan won well at Carlisle in July and a repeat of that run would see him go close, with this cut in the ground possibly in his favour, whilst Blue Dagger is one to watch in the betting on his return to the track as he steps up in trip; he has been apprentice ridden on his three other runs but not today. Jiggalong will need to improve for the step up in trip but she is bred to get the distance, whilst Mintoe takes a drop in class today and cannot be overlooked. Digit has an entry on Wednesday evening but should be suited by the longer trip if she turns up here, whilst King's Chorister won well at Yarmouth on Tuesday but she will need a strong tempo to win this now dropped in trip. Paul Hanagan looks an interesting jockey booking for stablemate Silent Treatment, Join Up looks to be on a decent mark now, whilst Highly Acclaimed was poor last time but she is not totally exposed. An open heat, but we will side with top-weight Special Cuvee.
Special Cuvee 9-1 (8-13) Held up, weakened over 1f out, soon eased, last of 6, 39l behind Iasia (9-7) at Warwick 7f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Shared Moment (IRE) 4-1 (8-4) Held up mid-division, headway over 2f out, ridden final furlong, led inside final furlong, stayed on well, won at Nottingham 1m 3yo & 4yo sll (6) gf beating Wiseman's Diamond (8-13) by 4 1/2l, 15 ran.
Ask Dan (IRE) 9-2 (9-2) Reared start, held up, ridden over 2f out, never dangerous, 6th of 7, 11l behind Evening Sunset (9-0) at Hamilton 1m 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) gf.
Blue Dagger (IRE) 50-1 (8-10) Behind, outpaced halfway, never dangerous, 16th of 20, 26l behind Digit (8-4) at Redcar 7f 2yo clm (6) gd in Oct.
Jiggalong 10-1 (9-2) Behind stands' side group, headway over 1f out, stayed on, 6th of 14, 4l behind Bold Ring (8-7) at Nottingham 6f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) gf.
Mintoe 50-1 (8-7) With winner, ridden and lost 2nd when edged right well over 1f out, faded inside final furlong, 6th of 12, 5l behind Snow Bay (9-7) at Catterick 7f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Digit 11-1 (8-7) Mid-division, ridden and weakened 3f out, 11th of 13, 36l behind Phoenix Enforcer (8-12) at Leicester 1m 3yo sll (6) gs.
King's Chorister 11-1 (8-12) Held up in 5th, not clear run over 2f out until switched right to outside 2f out, sustained run from over 1f out, led last half furlong, readily, won at Yarmouth 1m 2f 3yo sll (6) gd beating Myttons Maid (8-7) by 1/2l, 10 ran.
Silent Treatment (IRE) 12-1 (8-8) Tracked leaders, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 8th of 10, 19l behind Swiss Art (8-9) at Southwell 1m 3yo clm stks (5) fbs.
Castle Myth (USA) 50-1 (8-5) Held up in rear, headway to close on leaders over 2f out, kept on to take 3rd over 1f out, no impression on leading pair, 3rd of 8, 4l behind Dome Rocket (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 3yo clm stks (6) pol in Jun.
Highly Acclaimed 8-1 (8-9) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 4th of 8, 12l behind Uncle Brit (9-2) at Southwell 1m 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) fbs.
Winrob 25-1 (8-5) Keen, tracked winner until over 6f out, remained in touch, ridden over 2f out, slightly outpaced, driven and stayed on to take 2nd close home, 2nd of 7, 7l behind Evening Sunset (9-0) at Hamilton 1m 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) gf.
Rossett Rose (IRE) 14-1 (8-2) Raced along centre, switched right to far side half way, soon ridden, no impression final furlong, 10th of 15, 14l behind Only A Splash (8-9) at Ripon 6f 3yo mdn hcp 0-70 (5) sft.
Paint Splash 8-1 (8-3) Held up, headway over 3f out, ridden to chase winner 2f out, soon outpaced, lost 2nd close home, 3rd of 7, 7l behind Evening Sunset (9-0) at Hamilton 1m 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) gf.
Midnight Bay 16-1 (8-12) Held up, pushed along over 3f out, ridden 2f out, no impression, 7th of 15, 14l behind Shared Moment (8-4) at Nottingham 1m 3yo & 4yo sll (6) gf.
Weet In Nerja 33-1 (8-5) Slowly into stride, always behind, beaten when hung left from well over 1f out, 8th of 11, 7l behind Invincible Miss (8-7) at Wolverhampton 7f 3yo sell stks (6) pol in Apr.
Why Nee Amy 18-1 (8-13) Chased leaders, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 14, 11l behind Chantilly Dancer (8-2) at Yarmouth 1m 1f 3yo sll (6) gd in Jun.
Join Up 66-1 (8-8) Towards rear, ridden over 2f out, kept on to chase leaders inside final furlong, 4th of 14, 2 1/2l behind Dark Moment (8-13) at Musselburgh 7f 3yo hcp 0-55 (6) gf in Jun.