Connections feared for her life when KHELEY was pulled up at Kempton in February but she has bounced back so well from an injury that we will side with her again following a comprehensive Catterick success earlier this month. Mark Brisbourne's daughter of Kheleyf is a course and distance winner and although she has a 6lb rise in the weights for her latest victory, her improvement may not be over. She has a good draw, gets on well with Liam Jones and looks a sprinter to keep on the right side of. Steel City Boy has a good record on the all-weather; he is another who has a bit to find off his new mark but it would be unwise to take his challenge lightly. Espy has had a frustrating season so far and the handicapper is slow to relent, Punching still looks high enough in the weights, whilst Tudor Prince has put in some of his best efforts on an artificial surface. Gurteen Diamond finally broke her duck last time out at the track; that looked a weak maiden but she hasn't been with her new yard for long and confidence may now be high. Stablemate Fyododor, the well-treated Chasca, and the consistent Halaak all join the in-form Convince on a list of dangers, however for the winner we are happy to return to Kheley.
Steel City Boy (IRE) 5-2fav (8-8) Behind, pushed along over 2f out, headway over 1f out, no impression, 5th of 7, 4l behind Almaty Express (8-9) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Mar.
Kheley (IRE) 25-1 (9-4) Made all, driven out final furlong, won at Catterick 5f 3yo app hcp 0-65 (6) sft beating Future Gem (9-4) by 2l, 8 ran.
Espy 9-2 (9-3) Chased leader, ridden and switched right 1f out, kept on, 3rd of 12, 1 1/2l behind Charles Darwin (8-7) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-70 (5) pol.
Punching 40-1 (9-5) Mid-division, ridden to chase leaders over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 7th of 13, 6l behind Bertie Southstreet (8-13) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-70 (5) pol.
Tudor Prince (IRE) 14-1 (8-9) Chased leading pair, ridden and weakened 2f out, last of 11, 13l behind Seamus Shindig (9-4) at Newmarket 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Aug.
Billy Red 16-1 (9-1) Led, ridden and headed inside final furlong, no extra, 4th of 12, 1 3/4l behind Charles Darwin (8-7) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-70 (5) pol.
Gurteen Diamond 7-1 (8-5) Tracked leaders, raced keenly, lead well inside final furlong, ran on well, won at Wolverhampton 6f mdn fll (5) pol beating South African (8-12) by 2l, 13 ran.
Fyodor (IRE) 13-2 (9-1) Held up in rear, not clear run over 1f out, never dangerous, 6th of 11, 8l behind Weet A Surprise (8-13) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp (0-65) (6) pol.
Chasca (IRE) 9-2 (9-6) Keen early, prominent, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 6th of 8, 5l behind Ghost Dancer (9-1) at Warwick 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Aug.
Halaak (USA) 6-1 (9-4) Behind, pushed along and outpaced halfway, headway under pressure over 1f out, driven and stayed on inside final furlong, just missed 3rd, no chance with front pair, 4th of 8, 2 1/4l behind Agnes Love (8-7) at Kempton 5f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Aug.
Convince (USA) 7-2fav (9-1) Held up towards rear, headway 3f out, ridden to lead narrowly 1f out, edged left, headed well inside final furlong, not quicken, 2nd of 13, 1/2l behind Abhainn (8-7) at Chepstow 6f hcp 0-60 (6) gs.
Bahamian Bliss 18-1 (9-7) In rear, switched left 1f out, hampered inside final furlong, always behind, 12th of 13, 10l behind Bertie Southstreet (9-7) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Aug.
Stormburst (IRE) 40-1 (8-7) Raced centre, led back group and overall leader, headed over 3f out, hung left and chased leader over 1f out, weakened and lost 3rd place towards finish, 4th of 12, 2 1/2l behind All You Need (9-3) at Leicester 6f sell stks (6) gf in Jun.