SHAM SHEER has an obvious chance of completing a hat-trick with fellow hat-trick seeker Lordship and the penalised Cheam Forever feared most. Luca Cumani and Kieren Fallon have brought a strong team to the track and they have another live contender in Sham Sheer. It's taken a while for the penny to drop with him but a summer break appears to have done him the world of good as he's won both starts since and he's fancied to complete a hat-trick at a track that should suit. Lordship has also been in fine form but his recent two victories have been achieved with cut in the ground and it's doubtful whether he can reproduce his best form under these conditions. Therefore, a bigger threat may be posed by Cheam Forever who made every yard over course and distance six days ago and was good value for the success. Very Well Red is slipping back to a decent mark whilst Muftarres is also well treated but is proving difficult to win with unlike Sham Sheer who is selected.
Cheam Forever (USA) 3-1 (9-1) Made all, ridden, edged right and pressed over 1f out, found extra inside final furlong, stayed on well, won at Warwick 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Sep beating Black Dahlia (8-13) by 1 1/2l, 8 ran.
Bere Davis (FR) 8-1 (8-13) Raced wide, chased leaders, ridden 2f out, stayed on same pace final furlong, 4th of 8, 4l behind Cheam Forever (9-1) at Warwick 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Sep.
West End Lad 14-1 (9-1) Mid-division, ridden over 3f out, kept on final furlong, never nearer, 6th of 14, 6l behind Rio Cobolo (8-12) at Beverley 7f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Sep.
Muftarres (IRE) 11-2 (9-4) Went left start, held up, in touch, stayed on towards finish, 3rd of 10, hd behind Trade Centre (9-5) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Sep.
Darcey 13-2 (9-10) Led 1f, prominent, not clear run and switched right well over 1f out, soon stopped again, no impresssion after, 6th of 14, 4 1/2l behind Integria (9-4) at Kempton 1m hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Sep.
Very Well Red 16-1 (8-13) Led, ridden 3f out, headed over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 6th of 12, 10l behind Black Dahlia (8-9) at Leicester 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Sep.
Sham Sheer 2-1fav (9-4) Tracked leader until over 6f out, remained close up, chased leader again 4f out, ridden to lead 2f out, edged right and driven out final furlong, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Sep beating Omnium Duke (9-4) by 1 3/4l, 11 ran.
Lordship (IRE) 9-2 (9-3) Prominent, led after 1f, clear well inside final furlong, comfortably, won at Chepstow 7f app hcp 0-60 (6) gs in Sep beating Charlie Delta (8-11) by 2 1/2l, 12 ran.