STRABOE is the most tentative of selections. Not seen since April, this Green Desert gelding remains capble of more improvement from his current handicap rating. Heavy ground is a (relative) unknown but he handles good-to-soft ground so hopes are high on that front. Watches can be set by Erebus but he doesn't win often enough, a charge levelled at most of the field. Two Turtle Doves is in better form than many having broken her duck in July, Doctor Hilary should appreciate the return to six furlongs, whilst David Probert looks a good jockey booking for Valmina. At a price we might see more from Downhill Skier now tackling slower ground than of late.
Farmers Wish (IRE) 9-2 (9-4) Chased leading pair until halfway, weakened over 2f out, 5th of 6, 7l behind Liberty Lady (9-9) at Folkestone 6f hcp 0-75 (5) sft.
Doctor Hilary 12-1 (8-12) Mid-division on wide outside, pushed along halfway, ridden and headway over 1f out, never going pace to trouble leaders, 6th of 10, 7l behind Tagula Night (9-8) at Sandown 5f hcp 0-80 (4) gd.
Two Turtle Doves (IRE) 8-1 (9-6) In touch, ridden and headway over 1f out, chased leader inside final furlong, ran on, 3rd of 10, hd behind Dickie Le Davoir (9-9) at Hamilton 6f app hcp (6) gd.
Straboe (USA) 20-1 (8-7) Tracked leader until 1f out, ridden and kept on one pace, 5th of 13, 4 1/2l behind King's Caprice (9-1) at Folkestone 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gs in Apr.
Erebus (IRE) 13-2 (8-13) In touch in rear, ridden and slightly outpaced halfway, driven and stayed on final furlong, went 2nd near finish, 2nd of 8, 1 1/2l behind Drift And Dream (9-9) at Sandown 5f hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Valmina 8-1 (9-3) Held up towards rear, ridden and hung left over 1f out, soon faded, 7th of 11, 6l behind Kiss A Prince (9-12) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-70 (5) pol.
Speak The Truth (IRE) 12-1 (9-1) Slowly into stride, held up in last trio, pushed along on outside halfway, avoided all the trouble and modest headway inside final furlong, never going pace to threaten leaders, 8th of 12, 3l behind Efistorm (9-11) at Sandown 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Only A Game (IRE) 16-1 (8-13) Took keen hold, held up towards rear, headway and hung left over 1f out, no impression soon after, 7th of 13, 4l behind Cavitie (9-2) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Batgirl 5-1 (8-11) Chased leader, effort approaching final furlong, soon faded, 3rd of 6, 4 1/2l behind Red Yarn (9-7) at Lingfield 7f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jul.
Downhill Skier (IRE) 8-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, led well over 1f out, ridden and headed entering final furlong, stayed on same pace, 4th of 13, 2 1/4l behind Cavitie (9-2) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Takajan (IRE) 10-1 (8-13) Raced wide, mid-division, effort over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 11th of 12, 18l behind Syrian (9-7) at Lingfield 1m 3yo clm stks (6) pol.