GILMER raced up with the pace over 6f at Kempton last time and this shorter trip should prove no problem for the Godolphin colt. He gets the nod on his handicap bow ahead of Sunset Shore. The latter has been running well in handicaps without success but the assessor has been loathe to drop her in the weights while Exceeder has to race off the same mark despite never getting to grips with the winner at Nottingham last time. Kodafine's recent second here came in a seller and Lexington Rose has lost her way since scoring at Musselburgh in June.
Gilmer (IRE) 3-1 (9-5) With leader, led 2f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, no extra close home, 3rd of 11, 1 3/4l behind Mystique Rider (9-5) at Kempton 6f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Sep.
Sunset Shore 1-2fav (9-0) Led, ridden 2f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra and lost 2nd near finish, 3rd of 5, 3l behind Fear Or Favour (9-0) at Bath 6f 2yo nov stk (5) fm in Aug.
Lexington Rose 66-1 (8-1) Prominent, every chance 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 16th of 23, 10l behind Ventura Mist (8-7) at Redcar 6f Lstd auc stks (1) gf.
Exceeder 7-2 (9-2) In rear, ridden halfway, keeping on when short of room entering final furlong, 6th of 10, 4l behind Hopefilly (9-3) at Nottingham 5f 2yo hcp 0-80 (4) gd.
Fine Art Fair (IRE) 3-1 (9-5) Dwelt, tracked leaders in 3rd, ridden over 1f out, weakened entering final furlong, 7th of 10, 7l behind Hipz (8-10) at Kempton 6f 2yo clm stks (6) pol.
Simply Black (IRE) 3-1fav (9-0) With leaders, effort to challenge over 2f out to over 1f out, ridden and no chance with winner final furlong, 2nd of 9, 8l behind Meadway (9-5) at Southwell 5f 2yo mdn auc stks (5) fbs.
Lilo Lil 8-1 (9-0) Prominent, ridden inside final 2f, stayed on to dispute 2nd final furlong, no impression with winner, 3rd of 10, 3l behind Genuine Quality (9-7) at Southwell 5f 2yo hco 0-75 (5) fbs.
Kodafine (IRE) 6-1 (8-11) Led, headed narrowly 2f out, ridden and every chance over 1f out, kept on same pace, held inside final furlong, 2nd of 10, 1l behind Skinny Love (8-6) at Wolverhampton 5f 2yo sell stks (6) pol.